Monsters: Season 1, Episode 6

Where's the Rest of Me? (26 Nov. 1988)

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A mad scientist keeps a cadaver alive to harvest its organs.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Willard Wingite (as Meatloaf)
Franco Harris ...
Black-Eyed Susan ...
Regina Wells
Drew Eliot ...
J.J. Marshall
Frank Tarsia ...


A mad scientist keeps a cadaver alive to harvest its organs.

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The one with Meat Loaf as a mad scientist.

Monsters: Where's the Rest of Me? is set on a civil war torn Caribbean island where scientist Doctor Willard Wingite (Meat Loaf) lives & conducts his groundbreaking if somewhat unethical organ transplant experiments. Joining him there are three of his success stories, singer Regina (Black-Eyed Susan(!)) who had her vocal chords replaced, star football player Joe (Franco Harris) who had a new knee & property mogul J.J. (Drew Eliot) whose sight was restored by Wingite with a cornea transplant. Doctor Wingite urges the three to invest in his organ preservation serum which they are happy to do, but the original donor of the various body parts is still alive in Wingite's laboratory thanks to the serum & wants his missing organs back...

Episode six from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during November 1988, written & directed by Richard Benner this a pretty good mad scientist/Frankenstein themed episode of the horror anthology show Monsters that in all fairness probably is closer to Re-Animator (1985) than Frankenstein but you get the general idea. Like all of these twenty odd minute episodes of Monsters this episode finishes just as your getting into it but Where's the Rest of Me? is good ghoulish fun while it last's & I liked it, I liked that the zombie here actually had some motivation & a purpose as it tried to get it's stolen organs back including a gory demise for rock singer Meat Loaf who here looks quite slim. The character's are alright but Wingite remains a little bit too calm for me & are you telling me he wasn't aware that giving Adam the corpse a load of his serum would have revived him? There's a sub-plot about a revolution going on in the background on the island which doesn't amount to much to be fair. A good episode overall with some nice gore although once the plot reveals that Adam is after his stolen organs it's pretty predictable for the most part but the ending is still quite good & rounds things off nicely.

It's amazing how the production team of Monsters made so much out of such meagre resources, here there's only two sets & five people in the entire thing but it works & you don't feel there needs to be anything else. The sets that are here look good & I think there's a definite nod towards Re-Animator with it's bright green life giving serum although one has to say Meat Loaf is no Jeffrey Combs. Here Meat Loaf wears a horrible white suit, red shirt & multi-coloured tie which would have been bad enough on it's own but Meat Loaf also has a ponytail as well just to top the look off. Meat Loaf has actually been in a few horror anthology show's including this, What's Cookin' (1992) from Tales from the Crypt, Gettysburg (2000) from The Outer Limits & Pelts (2006) from Masters of Horror. There's a bit of gore here including a cut out knee cap, poked out eyeballs & a ripped out heart.

Where's the Rest of Me? is a watchable mad scientist Frankenstein style Monsters episode that I actually liked, there was a decent enough story, the main monster had purpose & the two sets look rather nice. A good solid episode, by no means the best but nowhere near the worst.

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