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The Monster Club (1981)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | 27 May 1981 (USA)
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

R. Chetwynd-Hayes (novel), Edward Abraham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Eramus (segment "The Monster Club")
John Carradine ... R. Chetwynd-Hayes (segment "The Monster Club")
Anthony Steel ... Lintom Busotsky (segment "The Monster Club")
Roger Sloman ... Club Secretary (segment "The Monster Club")
Fran Fullenwider Fran Fullenwider ... Buxom Beauty (segment "The Monster Club")
The Viewers The Viewers ... Entertainers (segment "The Monster Club")
B.A. Robertson ... Entertainers (segment "The Monster Club")
Night Night ... Entertainers (segment "The Monster Club")
The Pretty Things The Pretty Things ... Entertainers (segment "The Monster Club")
Suzanna Willis Suzanna Willis ... Stripper (segment "The Monster Club")
Barbara Kellerman ... Angela (segment "Shadmock Story")
Simon Ward ... George (segment "Shadmock Story")
James Laurenson ... Raven (segment "Shadmock Story")
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Psychiatrist (segment "Shadmock Story")
Donald Pleasence ... Pickering (segment "Vampire Story")
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Storyline

A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll meet some interesting people and hear some great songs at The Monster Club.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El club de los monstruos See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Price was second choice for Eramus. See more »

Quotes

Eramus: Can we truly call this a monster club if we do not boast amongst our membership a single member of the human race?
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Crazy Credits

On the soundtrack listing, the track "Ghouls Galore" the performer, keyboardist Alan Hawkshaw, is credited as "John Hackshaw". See more »

Alternate Versions

There are slight differences between the ThrillerVideo VHS release hosted by Elvira and the subsequent HD print. Throughout the three story segments, occasionally shots begin or end a few seconds sooner, which results in the Elvira version running 21 seconds shorter than the Scorpion Blu-Ray, despite technically including extra footage. The only noteworthy deviation comes at the end of "The Vampires;" the Elvira version is missing Busotsky's Father's final utterance ("Oh, we're a happy family!"). Additionally, during "The Humgoo," a blue filter was utilized for the VHS transfer to give the appearance of eternal night in Loughville. See more »

Connections

Follows The Vault of Horror (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme: Pavane
Composed by Gabriel Fauré
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User Reviews

I liked it
1 May 2004 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

What can I say? I liked it. Then again, I've had a love affair with Britain's Hammer, Amicus and Tony Tensor's Tigon films since I was a kid in the Los Angeles area in the early 60s and caught Hammer's Hound of the Baskervilles (1959).

For me, it's just a kick to see John Carridine and Vincent Price together again. I'm also a Roy Ward Baker fan and enjoy most of his work.

Are the stories truly scary? No, not really. They're eerie. Strange. That's good enough for me. That works.

And the capper is getting The Pretty Things as the Monster Club's house band. I have no idea what song Phil May & Co. play, but I love it. I've got several PT CDs as well as their 2-CD anthology and it's not contained in anything I've ever found. I'd dearly love to get a copy of their MC music.

Any horror fan who writes that it was high time Hammer and Amicus rode off into the sunset ain't no horror fan, because they just don't make classy little gems like this anymore.


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