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The Monster's Christmas (1981)

In her bed on Christmas Eve, a little girl reads an illustrated storybook entitled "The Monster's Christmas" to her teddy bear, as something sneaks around in the trees outside her window. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Paul Farrell ...
Mountain Monster
Lee Hatherly ...
Witch (as Leone Hatherly)
Paul Jenden ...
Insect Monster
Bernard Kearns ...
Monster Voices (voice)
Lucy McGrath ...
Girl
Roger Page ...
Mud Monster
Ingrid Prosser ...
Mud Monster
Jeremy Stevens ...
Monster Voices (voice)
Jane Waddell ...
T.V. Witch
Michael Wilson ...
Nasty
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In her bed on Christmas Eve, a little girl reads an illustrated storybook entitled "The Monster's Christmas" to her teddy bear, as something sneaks around in the trees outside her window. She hears a noise in the other room, and thinking that it's Father Christmas, she goes to investigate. Instead she finds one of the monsters from her book, who has come to find someone to help defeat an evil witch that has stolen the voices of all monsters; because they sang better at Christmas carols than she did. The little girl agrees to help, and armed with the contents of her Christmas stocking sets out on a surreal, imaginative, electronically sounded, novelly avant-garde, one-of-a-kind, brain-tickling, foam-monster populated outdoor fantasy adventure through smoky fields, magical forests, boiling, bubbling mud pools, volcanic landscapes and secret witch mountain cave lairs in this criminally obscure monster Christmas fantasy epic TV mini-movie toybox from New Zealand. Written by Michael Little

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Written by Franz Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
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A wondrous moment in my cinematic experiences
1 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

For myself, as a child three movies stand out as ones which I loved to watch over and over again. They are The Red Balloon, Popeye, and of course this one. Set against the backdrop of Christmas it follows the adventures of one small girl as she befriends a group of friendly, though mute, monsters who enlist her aid in obtaining their voices back from and evil witch.

Do the monsters look scary? No. But that's part of the magic of this movie! Seeing it as it was meant to be seen....as though through the eyes of a child.

Only lasting about an hour or so in length this movie is a wonderful trip through some of the more exotic locales in New Zealand and even after seeing it years later it still hasn't lost its magic touch.

I anxiously await seeing it available on Netflix!


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