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3.0 out of 5 stars Camp, and just a little bit Creepy, 28 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Monster Club [1980] [DVD] (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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Initial post: 31 Jul 2008 23:27:52 BDT
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Posted on 19 Apr 2009 18:57:47 BDT
Mark53 says:
Actually one of the bands is the very fine Pretty Things (remember SF sorrow?) and whilst watching it dawned on me how crappy B.A Robertson was (and still is).

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2009 23:38:25 GMT
the muscial numbers in this are so laughable its so so bad. Yeah B.A robertson was and still is crap.id have rather have seen B.A Baracus..that would have been more interesting !

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2010 15:51:45 BDT
Brian Flange says:
B. A. Robertson? In a film? Whatever were they thinking ...? Like the review though. (And I fear 'The Monster Club' is pretty camp ... not that camp is always a bad thing, you understand.)
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