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  • Actors: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5S22I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When horror writer Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes (John Carradine) allows his vampire friend Eramus (Vincent Price) to take him to the Monster Club - a trendy hang-out for ghouls, werewolves, snakemen et al - the latter regales him with three horrific tales. In the first, a couple attempt to cheat gentle monster Shadwick out of his fortune. The second features a film director who is trapped in a village of ghouls, while the third story centres around a young boy who discovers that his father is one of the undead.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 29 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The first question I had to ask myself upon viewing this movie on DVD was why has it been issued with a "15" certificate? I was always under the impression that this was an attempt to produce a horror movie that could appeal to kids and adults. In fact I remember watching a feature about the making of this movie on the ITV children's programme Clapperboard when I was only about 11 or 12 years old! There is no explicit sex or nudity in this film, no obscene language and no graphic violence so the "15" certificate is baffling to me. I have seen PG and 12 certificate movies with stronger content than this one!

Anyway, onto the film itself... The first thing that struck me about this movie was the impressive cast list. There are three great horror stalwarts in it - Vincent Price, John Carradine and Donald Pleasence. There are also some other actors and actresses who have appeared in well-known horror movies in the cast - Richard Johnson (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Anthony Valentine (To The Devil.... A Daughter), Simon Ward (Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Asylum, Tales From The Crypt) & Britt Ekland (Asylum, The Wicker Man), for example.

The premise and wrap-around-story involves the horror novelist Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes (Carradine) encountering a hungry vampire called Eramus (Price) one night whilst looking in a book shop window full of his own works. Eramus suddenly bites Chetwynd-Hayes on the neck to fulfil his desperate craving for fresh blood. Eramus tells the writer that he did not bite deep enough to transform him into a vampire and as a "thank you" for becoming an unexpected blood donor Eramus invites him to a special place called The Monster Club.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Murray on 28 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Horror author R Chetwynd Hayes (played by John Carradine) is walking home late one night when he is accosted by a starving Vincent Price. When the author says he would do anything to help, Price gratefully latches his fangs onto Carradine's neck -- but not fatally. Brushing themselves down after a brief but civilised vamp, Price invites his benefactor to the Monster Club, where he proceeds to relate three tales about the various types of monster on the club's genealogical chart.

We start off with a twist on the Beauty and the Beast formula, featuring the lonely-but-rich Shadmock (the mongrel of the monster world), whose whistle has a particularly gruesome effect. Then, played for laughs rather than horror, the story of a young boy whose father is a Vampire, and who unwittingly reveals the fact to a group of sinister government vampire-hunters, led by the ever-watchable Donald Pleasance. Thirdly, the segment that brought me back to this film -- its ending haunted me as a kid from when I saw it at the cinema. (When I must have been 9 years old, so something was wrong there...) A horror-film director, scouting for authentically creepy locations, happens upon a backward village in the mists, a village named Loughville -- "Lough" being, of course, an anagram of what the villagers really are.

Bizarrely, in between the horror segments, we get three competent-but-forgettable songs from bands currently residing in the "Where are they now?" files of post-punk pop. Camp and creepy rather than genuinely horrifying, and rather lower in budget than I remember, The Monster Club was worth the re-watch, but only just.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This version has a few extras that the uk version dosent have.It has an audio commentary,pages of biographies of the main cast and crew,a still gallery,an essay on the movie and production notes which are all very interesting.It also has the music from the movie which can be played separately,lasting over 40mins, and the trailer(2:20) .There is also an easter egg which can be got from the special features menu, just go to the right and an icon will come up on the coat of one of the figures in the background picture.It is a 12 minute interview with a cast member.Nice little set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 11 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Firstly, the plus points of the Monster Club. The uk blu ray is a delightful bright picture, with more than ample mono sound. Vibrant generally, and suitably widescreen considering the less than pleasant previous dvd release. This title looms from the very ebb of the seventies, lurching into the eighties, which might well explain to all who weren't there, why there is so much on brightly lit display of the older and new styles, classic horror thespians & garish modern clobber, clashing together on every level.

Taking as the jumping off point the works of R. Chetwynd Hayes, the concept of the 3 story film in the modern milieu sounds a promising one. To some extent it certainly is, parading the grotesqueries before us at a fair lick of pace. The original author has written some fine eerie yet humourous flavoured macabre pieces that touch slightly on E.C. comics or brush up against Charles Birkin. But Chetwynd-Hayes is his own eccentric flavour, check out Cradle Demon, or The Partaker, or even My Mother Married a Vampire to get a taste of his style. In this Amicus-esque flick we get two old stalwart classic horror names providing the wrap-around story. The three stories are varying from tragic to pathos, to predictable twist ending, like the e.c. comics of yore and similar. Donald Pleasance does a fine quick turn as a very english head of a clerical death-squad in a tale that delights even now with a twist on the usual vampiric standards.

However, one flaw to this later attempt to relaunch the ageing anthology format, is the musical interludes. If only they interluded a bit more to the point of being edited to a skeletal silhouette, like the fun stripper sequence. The music is jarring, tacky and dare i say it, lacking in memorable visual or lyrical cues.
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