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That Little Monster -- Copyright 1994 Paul Bunnell

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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shot in 26 days during the span of nearly four years (1990-93).See more »
Quotes:
Himself:Regardless of what you heard, it wasn't the Paul Bunnell Story.See more »
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Features Going Spanish (1934)See more »
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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Humor at its darkest..., 10 December 2004
Author: MissySprinkles from Hollywood, California, USA

Upon viewing THAT LITTLE MONSTER, I found that this movie is actually quite stylish, and better thought-out than most movies in theaters today. There are some true moments of black humor, mixed in well with some fun shocks and suspense. Ultimately, the movie is an affectionate nod to THE TWILIGHT ZONE series (the story is almost a direct lift of one specific episode), and particularly the underlying spooky humor that show was noted for.

Originally, this was written as an episode for TV's MONSTERS, but writer / director Paul Bunnell decided to expand the idea into a longer, artier version. The cast is mainly made up of a talented group of unknown starlets, but horror fans will be happy to see Reggie Bannister of the PHANTASM films here, in a small but significant role (just don't expect to see him running away from flying spheres, and you'll be happy). It was enjoyable to see Bannister again, this time playing Twelvetrees, the butler who warns the baby-sitter about that little monster.

Shot in 16mm for the bargain basement cost of $30,000, Bunnell spared no effort in trying to make this movie look as polished and professional as anything the big studios are putting out today. And his strive for perfectionism shows in many of the setups. One elaborate shot has the camera dollying up to a door, twisting around then going up the wall, then over the top of the room and down inside it. Most people would have been content with a dolly to the doorknob, then a dissolve to the inside. But not Bunnell. What looks like a robot dolly / crane is actually a specially-built room that rotates, and a Steadicam operator. Pretty impressive stuff. I was so blown away by this shot, I rewound the tape and watched it again. It's small touches like these that help set this movie above much of the competition. And it took them just three takes to get such an elaborate shot to Bunnell's satisfaction.

There's also a surprise guest star at the end of the film, one that will leave many of you scratching your heads wondering how Bunnell managed to wrangle this guy up.

My only complaints with the movie are small -- some of the staging is too theatrical, and I sense that Bunnell has his roots in community theatre. And the story has a tendency to drag in places, due to Bunnell's "artsy" touches. Luckily, these moments are few and far between. If you're a fan of humor at its darkest, you won't be disappointed with THAT LITTLE MONSTER!

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