In this episode of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks, filmmaker Matt Dinan joins me to talk about a fun and goofy camp classic that embraces the British horror anthology tradition of the 70’s – The Monster Club (1981)!
The Monster Club was directed by Roy Ward Baker and produced by Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky. Subotsky had previously produced the classic Amicus horror anthologies Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), and From Beyond the Grave (1974).
The film stars Vincent Price (in his only film performance as a vampire!) and John Carradine, and features Donald Pleasence, Britt Ekland, Richard Johnson, Simon Ward, Barbara Kellerman, James Laurenson, Stuart Whitman, and Patrick Magee. It also features musical performances from B.A. Robertson, Night, The Pretty Things, and The Viewers, as well as a song from UB40.
After horror author R.Chetwynd-Hayes (Carradine) is bit by a famished (but oh so polite) vampire (Price), he gets an invitation to a private club for monsters. There he’s exposed to an evening of monster entertainment featuring music, burlesque and three distinct horror stories!
The Monster Club is a highly entertaining, unapologetically goofy and extremely charming anthology movie that I rate 8/10!
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Ryan Stockstad is a Los Angeles filmmaker with a passion for horror, documentary and experimental cinema. He has written articles for HC Magazine, Mostly Harmless Magazine and various blogs and websites. He has lectured on topics as diverse as low budget filmmaking, short story structure, and the influence of the Spanish Civil War on surrealist cinema. He hosts new episodes of Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in October.