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Little Monsters (1989)

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A boy discovers an incredible and gruesome world of monsters under his bed.


Richard Greenberg (as Richard Alan Greenberg)
2,686 ( 54)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Savage ... Brian Stevenson
Howie Mandel ... Maurice
Daniel Stern ... Glen Stevenson
Margaret Whitton ... Holly Stevenson
Rick Ducommun ... Snik
Frank Whaley ... Boy
Ben Savage ... Eric
William Murray Weiss William Murray Weiss ... Todd
Devin Ratray ... Ronnie Coleman
Amber Barretto ... Kiersten
J. Michael Hunter J. Michael Hunter ... Mr. Finn
Tom Hull Tom Hull ... Principal
Magbee Magbee ... Bus Driver
Lisa Cain ... Holly's Friend
Tony Bonsignore Tony Bonsignore ... Beach Bum


A child meets the monster that lives under his bed. He even becomes one of his best friends. Soon the child discovers a whole new world of fun and games under his bed where pulling pranks on kids and other monsters is the main attraction. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some friends can be REAL MONSTERS. And some monsters can be REAL FRIENDS.


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Did You Know?


Film critic Elvis Mitchell noted that this film bears similarities with Pixar's Monsters, Inc. (2001). It is unknown, however, if the Pixar crew were directly inspired by Little Monsters (1989) or if it was a mere coincidence. See more »


Brian takes a Polaroid picture by holding the camera in front of himself while in the classroom with Kiersten. Later in the movie, the photo is on Kiersten's nightstand but he is posing with his arms folded. See more »


monster: Trick or treat, smell my feet!
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Crazy Credits

The final shot of the movie shrinks into a square and is placed on the side of the end credits. Following that are two photos from the movie alongside this scrolling cast credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Brian is first in the monster's world, he runs into a creature named Gomer who has long legs. In the original theatrical cut, and the DVD released by MGM in 2004, Gomer says, "Trick or treat, smell my feet." For some reason, on the Blu-ray released by Lionsgate (as part of their Vestron Video series), and in the television airings, his line is changed "Anyone friend of Maurice is a friend of mine." See more »


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Written by Mike Piccirillo
Performed by Billie Hughes
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User Reviews

Horrible fun!!!!!!!!
29 February 2008 | by jaggyaxeSee all my reviews

I used to kill myself laughing at this film when I was young. Fred Savage seemed to get all the good roles in these kind of films in the late 80's and this one is great gross fun.

The film is just a smashing manic ride, racing along like a miniature Beetlejuce and has all the mischievous, sticky horrible nonsense that's usually found in the mind of kids! Ignore all the rubbish about sexual and paedophile undertones, It's simply folk reading WAY too much into things that could mean anything. Maybe some folk have some secrets of their own if they keep noticing things like that Hmmmm? I'm pretty sure the filmmakers didn't set out to do something like that deliberately! Great film! Thoroughly enjoyed it when I was 12, and still enjoy it now that I'm 30! Check out The Wizard as well! Another great (And misunderstood) Fred Savage Film

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Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Monsters See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank California, USA See more »


Box Office


ESP20 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$253,834, 27 August 1989

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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