Monster in the Closet (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  30 January 1987 (USA)
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Monster is a spoof of horror/monster films. After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets a "mild-mannered" reporter, a college professor, her son and a befuddled professor... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Grant ...
Richard Clark
Prof. Diane Bennett
Sheriff Sam Ketchem
Father Finnegan
Dr. Pennyworth
Gen. Turnbull
Old Joe Shempter
Jesse White ...
'Professor' Bennett
Lucy (as Stacey Ferguson)
Deputy Spire


Monster is a spoof of horror/monster films. After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets a "mild-mannered" reporter, a college professor, her son and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery but not without involving the U.S. Army and mass panic. Written by Patrice Messina <>

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Shot in 1983, not released until 1987. See more »


Professor Diane Bennett: Destroy all closets!
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cutesy movie with a bad monster but little violence
16 January 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

This was sort of a cute movie, nothing too great.

It starts off with a pre-credits sequence of people getting dragged into their closets, or walking into their closets, only to be attacked by something. We don't see the attack, since the camera takes a side view of the open closet door, and we hear screaming and cartoonish monster eating noises, as clothing is tossed out of the closet. John Carradine has a small role as one of these people, and blind man violently smashing his cane around his apartment looking for his guide dog (who the monster hung on the closet door).

We then meet a reporter who looks a lot like Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent, complete with big black-rimmed Clark Kent eyeglasses. He's named Richard Clark. He got his job at the paper through nepotism, and only does obituaries, but her wants something more. The lead reporter "Scoop" gives him a three-week old story about the people dying in their closets as a laugh.

Clark befriends a young boy at the police station while waiting to talk to the chief there. The boy is a bespectacled small version of himself, perhaps. He's doing some kind of experiment recording all different kinds of sounds, while his mother - a teacher at the local college, where some of the deaths occurred - talks to the chief, explaining how the bite marks found on the victims are somewhat consistent with snake bites. Clark angers the bespectacled mother by having let the boy have a chocolate bar. Everyone, including the mother, calls the boy "The Professor."

Clark also meets an Albert Einstein-looking Nobel Priza-winning professor at the college, and gives him a claw he found at one of the crime scenes. We also see that the mother becomes speechlessly, motionlessly smitten with Clark every time he takes his glasses off.

They soon see the monster, who starts coming out of closets. There are elements of "Alien" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to the monster and their attempts to communicate with it.

This movie could be appropriate for children, although be forewarned that there is a brief topless scene. A bit surprising for a PG-rated movie, but not altogether without precedent. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) had a lot more. The scene it occurs in is one early in the movie, and comically spoofs the shower scene in Hitchcock's Psycho.

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