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Monster in the Closet (1986)

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After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery.

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Bob Dahlin

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Bob Dahlin (story by), Peter L. Bergquist (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Grant Donald Grant ... Richard Clark
Denise DuBarry ... Prof. Diane Bennett
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Sam Ketchem
Howard Duff ... Father Finnegan
Henry Gibson ... Dr. Pennyworth
Donald Moffat ... Gen. Turnbull
Paul Dooley ... Roy
John Carradine ... Old Joe Shempter
Jesse White ... Ben
Frank Ashmore ... Scoop
Paul Walker ... 'Professor' Bennett
Stella Stevens ... Margo
Kevin Peter Hall ... The Monster
Fergie ... Lucy (as Stacey Ferguson)
Ritchie Montgomery ... Deputy Spiro
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After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery. Written by Patrice Messina <writtnby@soca.com>

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It's Out! It's Out! It's Out!

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Closet Monster See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shot in 1983, not released until 1987. See more »

Quotes

Professor Diane Bennett: Destroy all closets!
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Referenced in Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker! (2001) See more »

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Leave your brain at the door, but this could have been a lot worse
16 May 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Troma aren't exactly well known for high quality horror films, and this one fits the bill pretty well in the quality stakes; but it's actually more childish than the usual gory Troma output. The film is something of a spoof of the monster movie genre and, as the title suggests, focuses on the childhood fear of a monster in the closet. The film kicks off with a few mysterious murders and it's not long before the horrible closet monster is revealed. The monster itself is an extremely camp creation and is sure to leave most audience members in stitches - not usually the desired effect for a monster but the film is obviously intended to be tongue in cheek and the monster is actually a very original creation. I really wasn't expecting anything at all decent from this film, but in fairness to it; it's actually quite decent. There's nothing particularly clever about it; though the idea of the monster 'recharging' in closets is nice in that it seems to be a ham-fisted way of explaining the whole closet monster idea. The characters and plot line surrounding the monster are interesting and entertaining and Monster in the Closet is at least a decent way to waste ninety minutes or so.


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