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Little Monsters (1989)

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

Director:

Richard Greenberg (as Richard Alan Greenberg)
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Cast

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 Amber Barretto ... Kiersten
J. Michael Hunter J. Michael Hunter ... Mr. Finn
Tom Hull Tom Hull ... Principal
Magbee Magbee ... Bus Driver
Lisa Cain Lisa Cain ... Holly's Friend
Tony Bonsignore Tony Bonsignore ... Beach Bum
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorables monstruos See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP 20 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$793,775
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally set to be distributed by Vestron Pictures and a trailer was even created by Vestron that was advertised on some of their VHS releases, but due to Vestron's financial difficulties at the time, the film was sold to United Artists, although Vestron did retain some foreign rights to the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maurice: Ow! Window pane
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Crazy Credits

The first 45 seconds of the end credits are made up of a visual recap of the film, that only consists of 3 pictures! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Nights: Magic Island (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I WANNA YELL
Written by Billie Hughes & Roxanne Seeman
Performed by Billie Hughes
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Creative kid's adventure.
25 April 2004 | by Pepper AnneSee all my reviews

Little Monsters is a fun film for kids. Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) seems to be getting blamed for everything these days. Leaving his bike out behind his dad's car. Making a mess out of the ice cream. But Brian insists that it isn't his fault.

One night, Brian discovers the cause to all his problems is a monster named Maurice (Howie Mandell), and shows Brian that under every kids bed, is the entrance to the underworld of childish monsters. And for Brian, it's the coolest thing and an excellent escape from his problems in the real world. It's great. There's no adult supervision. They can do whatever they want, whenever. And, the funniest part, is that Brian gets to join Maurice creating monster mischief to get little kids in trouble (peanut butter on the phone, seran wrap on the toilet seat, etc). It's a whole lot of fun for kids tired of rules.

But the monster life isn't all the treat it's cracked up to be. In the first place, there's an ugly looking fat monster who torments the monster kids that don't obey him. Maurice and his new friends have to destroy the evil monsters who have kidnapped Brian's little brother, Eric (played by Fred Savage's brother, Ben). And, Brian, Maurice, and some of their friends, have to get Eric back before they get stuck in the monster world forever. If they do, they'll turn into monsters too.

This is a great, creative kids movie, exploring the idea of monster life under the bed long before Monster's Inc. I still enjoy the sequence of Brian setting up his room to trap the monster and also the sequence where Brian and Maurice go around the neighboorhood to cause mischief and get the kids in trouble. And, despite it's age, I don't even think it's a dated adventure movie. Unfortuantely, it was also one of those movies where young Ben Savage was still the cute little kid that made you ignore the fact that he couldn't act.


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