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Around these parts, the buffalo roam to an entirely different tune.
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A young teenage girl is hired by a strange couple to watch their baby for the night. What the babysitter doesn't know is how strange the couple is, and exactly what kind of baby she is watching over. | Add synopsis »
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Ed Wood meets Luis Buñuel meets Rod Serling meets David Lynch See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Melissa Baum ... Jamie

Reggie Bannister ... Twelvetrees
Andi Wenning ... Mrs. Willock
William Mills ... Mr. Willock
Forrest J Ackerman ... Edward Van Groan
Wolper Willock ... Baby (Wolper Willock)
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Paul Bunnell ... Baby (Wolper Willock) (voice) (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Bob Hope / Bob (also archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Bunnell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Bunnell 

Produced by
Merrill P. Mack .... associate producer
Carl Mastromarino .... co-producer
Cristina Casanova Schweitzer .... executive producer (as Cristina Casanova)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Danielsen 
 
Cinematography by
Craig Bassuk 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Mastromarino 
 
Production Design by
Fredrick Alcantar 
 
Set Decoration by
Fredrick Alcantar 
 
Makeup Department
Cristina Casanova Schweitzer .... hair stylist (as Cristina Casanova Mack)
Cristina Casanova Schweitzer .... makeup artist (as Cristina Casanova Mack)
Patrick Simmons .... special makeup effects artist
 
Art Department
George E. Green .... rock people creations (as Dordi)
Kurt Ford Perkowski .... set dresser
Patrick Simmons .... sculptures
Richard D. White .... mask creations
 
Sound Department
Paul Bunnell .... sound designer
Jerry Danielsen .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Craig Bassuk .... special effects supervisor
John L. Chaldu .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
David DeBell .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
Karl Hawk .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
Julianne Humbert .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
Joe Rios .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
Nancy Shumovich .... special effects assistant: "Wolpeteer"
Patrick Simmons .... creature design & effects
 
Stunts
Jennifer Prettyman .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David DeBell .... gaffer
David DeBell .... still photographer
Bruce Heinsius .... camera operator
Bruce Heinsius .... still photographer
Paul Labo .... grip
Steve Lazur .... camera operator
Dave Mack .... key grip
Chris Reynolds .... grip
Joe Rios .... grip
Joe Rios .... still photographer
Dirk Sanders .... grip
Chris Telford .... best boy
Evan Unruh .... grip
Mark Willoughby .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Crawford .... costume designer: Wolper
 
Editorial Department
Syd Cole .... negative cutter
Darin Wooldridge .... hd mastering
 
Other crew
Glenn Campbell .... title designer
Ashley E. Orem .... hand double: Baby Wolper (as Ashley DeBell)
Kristie Shanahan .... script supervisor
Glenn Sweitzer .... title designer
George E. Green .... voice: "Hey-doll" (uncredited)
Julianne Humbert .... voice: "talking" appliances (uncredited)
Jennifer Prettyman .... voice double: Melissa Baum (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ward Grant .... special thanks
Terrance Hines .... special thanks
Jack LaLanne .... special thanks
Michael Lantieri .... special thanks
Steve Lazur .... special thanks
Andrew Magarian .... special thanks
Kristie Shanahan .... special thanks
Stuart Shostak .... special thanks
Mark Willoughby .... special thanks
 

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56 min
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Trivia:
Shot in 26 days during the span of nearly four years (1990-93).See more »
Quotes:
Himself:This is Bob Hope for That Little Monster... I'm not saying he's out of this world, but when E.T. phones HIM it's a local call.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
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Ed Wood meets Luis Buñuel meets Rod Serling meets David Lynch, 8 September 2008
Author: Plain Jane from San Francisco, California

Paul Bunnell's quirky 1994 short film (53 minutes), "That Little Monster" appears to be influenced in equal measure by Ed Wood, Luis Buñuel, Rod Serling and David Lynch, and served up with more than a little caustic, over-the-top, decidedly dark humor. Bunnell and his team succeed admirably in stirring a Lynch-like queasiness. Misty, expressionistic scenes are punctuated by seemingly unrelated (and unsettling) shots of doll parts, grotesque statuary and kitschy bric-a-brac. Selected scenes go on and on, testing the viewer's patience, tolerance for truly off-the-wall characters, and appetite for surrealism. Longtime genre buffs will either appreciate or repudiate a canny reconstruction of the "warning" issued by Edward Van Sloan in the prologue to the '31 "Frankenstein." Standing in for Van Sloan is an eerily-lit Forry Ackerman. In the accompanying commentary track, Bunnell points out that Ackerman's wife Wendayne had only recently passed away prior to the filming of his scene. Stranger still is the presence of Bob Hope -- yes THE Bob Hope. Not only does Hope turn up in a clip from his 1934 screen debut, "Going Spanish," he peppers the closing credits with one-liners shot in 1994 expressly for "That Little Monster!" A class act all the way!

The story concerns an exchange student who takes on a babysitting gig in a truly strange household. The mop-topped husband croons country western tunes, mom slathers on the mascara and blows obnoxiously huge bubble-gum bubbles, and the toddler, well, he's "That Little Monster," an aggressive, goo-gooing grotesque who makes Chucky seem well-behaved. Director Bunnell says in an interview that the film was originally conceived as an episode for a TV horror anthology. His story could easily have been told in half an hour. At 53 minutes, he's milking the surrealism a tad. But Bunnell is adept at synthesizing his influences and at ease indulging his twisted passions. Also a part of the DVD package is Bunnell's 1981 short, "The Visitant," which is arguably more intriguing, but certainly not as well executed.

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