Unhappy wife asks her depressed, workaholic husband to play his clarinet for her like he did in their youth. The music causes severe pain in his abdomen and he's taken to surgery. What they find trapped in there is beyond bizarre.





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Byll Potts ...
Surgical orderly
Donald Smyth ...
Surgical orderly


Malcolm (Ed Lauter) is a clarinet player who inexplicably gave up fame and fortune years ago and has since lived a life of despair and torment. His wife, Lorna (Carole Shelley), is desperate to get him to return to playing so they can save their marriage. One night, Lorna sees light and clarinet sounds issuing from her husband's mouth, and his stomach bulging with a tumor. She takes Malcolm to a doctor (Farley Granger) who removes the tumor, which turns out to be a large alien-like slug. But now Malcolm can no longer play the clarinet. Will he pay the price to regain his creativity?

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23 December 1990 (USA)  »

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I loved it!
20 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was my favourite episode of Monsters with 'The Waiting Game' being a close second. I have watched it countless times and love the music from it. It really takes me back to watching Monsters on Satellite TV in the early 90's when I was in my teens.

I admit the acting was pretty terrible but that can be said for almost every episode of Monsters, it's just corny fun.

The story is full of contradictions, with the stupid wife changing her mind all the time, personally I think she's a selfish cow and she was responsible for ruining Malcoms life, watch it more than once and I think you will like it.

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