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The Monster Club (1981)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | 27 May 1981 (USA)
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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 (from the novel by), Edward Abraham (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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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>

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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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 »


Soundtracks

Theme: Pavane
Composed by Gabriel Fauré
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Not at all scary, but so enjoyable.
29 April 2000 | by GregJayCSee all my reviews

From the moment I started watching, I was enthralled by every set piece, costume and plot detail.

This film, to understate, is rare indeed. A low-budget "horror" movie with a moral, loveable monsters and superb acting. Each of the three stories is well thought-out and entertaining, and the scene in which we learn of monster genealogy is wonderful.

Price is on top form, as usual. He is, with the possible exception of Peter Cushing, the best horror actor of all time. His sincere manner coupled with his traditional English accent make him the most unusual vampire you will ever see.

The first story is slow to start, but soon quickens pace. It features the best acting of the three tales, and the three lead characters have deliciously different personalities. It encompasses a moral, and is touching at times, but still manages to retain at least a little horror. The premise is not very good, but I liked it all the same.

The comedy in this film is plentiful. The second story features horrormeister Donald Pleasence in his catch-the-evil-creature role he played six times in the Halloween series. But the way his character meets his demise and the wonderful plot twist will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

The third story is not really funny, or scary. It is the most serious of the bunch, and I suspect the filmmakers intended it to be awfully frightening. It just isn't. It show its age, and features poor acting. The set pieces are top-notch, though, and are definitely its saving grace. I can tell you now that the plot twist at the end is totally expected, and not very good.

The stories are interjected with entertaining dialogue between Price and Carradine, and new wave 1980s rock music. Some of you will recognise a youthful UB40 performing a song. There is also one about a stripper, and when you see the stripper's act, you will be suitably impressed. I won't say any more about that - watch it for yourself.

All in all, it was a good way to spend an hour and a half, and I was sad when the stories were over. Just one word of advice, though - don't be put off by the costumes of the monsters.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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