The Monster Club

1981

Action / Comedy / Fantasy / Horror / Music

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 2306

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Britt Ekland as Busotsky's Mother
Vincent Price as Eramus
Donald Pleasence as Pickering - Chief of the B-Squad
John Carradine as R.Chetwynd-Hayes - Writer
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1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
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23.976 fps
12hr 0 min
P/S 0 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lordzedd-3 9 / 10

Where do I join?

First off it was cool to see John Carradine and Vincent Price in the same movie, it was way too long coming. Secondly, the stories are kind of cool. The soundtrack has some great eighties music, some of the best bands of the eighties are monsters apparently who play at the Monster Club. Now for the bad part. You heard me, the bad part. In the club sequences some of the background monsters look like store bought masks and Hollywood Toy and Costume on Hollywood Blvd. But that's just minor compared to the big picture. The girl that played the Humgoo was pretty, as a whole the monster club is major league cool movie with great performances and great story telling. So I would call the Monster Club a buried treasure worth discovering if you haven't seen it. 9 STARS.

Reviewed by ladymidath 8 / 10

A Fun Horror Film

I first watched The Monster Club years ago when I was a kid and I remembered how much I enjoyed it. I have been watching a lot of the older horrors and thrillers from the 60's, 70's and 80's so I thought I would give this one another viewing and I am glad I did.

The Monster Club is a fun horror, not too bloody but with enough atmosphere to be quite spooky as the last segment, The Hum-Ghoul being the best one in my opinion.

Both John Carradine as author R. Chetwynd-Hayes and Vincent Price as the vampire Eramus were great. Klaus Kinski, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were also approached to appear in the film but turned down the proffered roles. The only film where they finally all appeared together (except for Kinski) as far as I am aware of is House Of Long Shadows, a parody horror that by the way, is excellent.

The movie was directed by Roy Ward Baker and was produced by Milton Subotsky who is best known for his work with Amicus Productions.

The three segments are based on the stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes although he did not like the film and felt that they were not faithful to the original stories. Apparently, he did not like the casting of John Carradine as him because he felt that Carradine was too old.

The film itself is fun, the three separate stories were well filmed and acted, with the last one being the best and most memorable. The musical segments were great, The Stripper being my personal favourite.

If you enjoy the older, more tongue-in-cheek movies, check this one out.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Affectionate last-gasp attempt at a British horror anthology

Following Amicus' sad demise in the middle of the 1970s, producer Milton Subotsky used some of the short horror story rights he owned to make one last-ditch attempt at a horror anthology. Utilising the cream of acting talent and bringing experienced director Roy Ward Baker back into the fold, THE MONSTER CLUB was to be possibly the last of the old-wave horror films. Surrounded by the likes of HALLOWEEN, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and Friday the 13th, it sank without trace, which is somewhat sad. While THE MONSTER CLUB is undoubtedly a cheesy, unintentionally funny, and incredibly dated movie – more dated than all of the earlier Amicus films put together – it should have a place in the heart of anyone who has affection for the type of old-fashioned horror movies that it seeks to emulate.

Things kick off in great fashion, though, with not one but two old-timer horror stars appearing together! From out of the shadows comes an aged Vincent Price, playing a vampire (for the only time in his career) who puts the bite on John Carradine. If Price is looking old, Carradine's looking positively mummified! In an amusing bit of self-referencing, Carradine plays real-life British horror author R. Chetwynd-Hayes, upon whose work the three stories that make up this film are based. Hayes was reportedly horrified with the result but I find it fairly successful. In any case, Price and Carradine make their way to the Monster Club of the title, where a bunch of goons in joke-shop monster masks are busy disco dancing to a number of incredibly cheesy songs. Most of the bands you've never heard of, although UB40 do make an appearance.

In the old days, I remember the wraparound segments of horror anthologies to sometimes be better than the stories themselves. Who can forget Cushing's tarot-dealer on the train in DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS, or the five men meeting spooky Ralph Richardson in TALES FROM THE CRYPT? The cheesy nightclub scenes on display here are a far cry from that kind of finesse, but they do hold a nostalgic charm for a time long since vanished. Highlights include a surreal strip tease with some great special effects, some truly awful singing and the eye-searing sight of Price and Carradine boogieing away to some '80s pop tunes. Unforgettable.

As for the stories, they're a mixed bag, but none of them are as effective as they want to be. The first story of the Shadmock is the most traditional, featuring a kind of vintage E.C. Comics-style vengeance being meted out on some unpleasant characters. Simon Ward is hissably nasty, while the guy playing the Shadmock is memorably weird. It's all a little too po-faced for my liking, but it DOES have the scariest moment in the film – the climax – and a great melted cat moment. The second story goes for all-out comedy as vampire Richard Johnson (fresh from making ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS in Italy) finds himself up against vampire killer Donald Pleasence, going for extreme ham here. Britt Ekland's hanging around, but she seems to have aged loads since THE WICKER MAN seven years before. The twist ending is groan-worthy, it's that poor, so this is one just to watch the actors.

The final story has the most potential, but it's wasted because of the lack of atmosphere and suspense. A brash American film producer (played by Stuart Whitman, no stranger to B-movie trash) scouts out a location in the British countryside, only to fall foul of some ghouls presided over by the ever-great Patrick Magee. Too many scenes are weak imitations of zombie attacks in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and all of the other zombie flicks popular during this decade, and the singular lack of bloodshed makes them seem tame. A very young Lesley Dunlop puts in an awful performance as a teenage girl with a child's mind – touching innocence or laughable naivety? In the end the emphasis is on middling action scenes, completed by another twist ending which is so obvious you can see it coming a mile away.

So there we have THE MONSTER CLUB. Yes, in some ways it's a bad film, made with scant regard for true scares. In some ways you feel it's aimed at a child audience; this is the kind of horror that seeks to emulate the Universal classics of the 1940s or the Forrest J. Ackermann brand of horror journalism. Imagine a ride through a cheesy '80s ghost train and you'll have some idea of what's on offer here. It's not good, but it does have some charm seen in a modern light, and I loved it all the same.

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