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Monster in the Closet (1987)

Donald Grant , Denise DuBarry , Bob Dahlin  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Grant, Denise DuBarry, Claude Akins, Howard Duff, Henry Gibson
  • Directors: Bob Dahlin
  • Writers: Bob Dahlin
  • Producers: David Levy, Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, Michel Billot, Peter L. Bergquist
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000009RBL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monster in the Closet" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Production stills
  • Premiere episode of the "Toxic Crusaders" TV show
  • Tour of Troma Studios
  • Troma Intelligence Test
  • Troma's Edge TV show

Editorial Reviews

Claude Akins John Carradine Jesse White and Stella Stevens headline this humorous and skillful parody of 50's horror films. The monster (Kevin Peter Hall) hides out in closets and waits for victims to unsuspectingly grab a shirt or slacks before he reduces them to dead meat. After several closet deaths, a writer (Donald Grant) sent to cover the story soon teams up with a science teacher (Denise DuBarry) and her son, a super-smart child prodigy, and they set out to solve the murders. The plot thickens when the gruff, brash Gen. Turnbull (Donald Moffat) enters the picture. It seems the monster is bullet-proof, laser-proof and bomb-proof -- a challenge to capture, kill, or subdue. This 80’s horror hit classic offers fun for all as America joins together to battle the monster in the closet. This DVD comes fully loaded with the premiere episode of the Toxic Crusaders TV show, production stills, an episode of Troma’s Edge TV and the first ever tour of Troma studios.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm the guy in the movie... April 14, 2004
I'm Donald Grant... Richard Clark in the movie. We made this thing back in 1983. I compare the production of the film, to what I've heard about the first 'Rocky'. Most everyone sacrificed their time and livlihood for the months of pre-production, actual production, and post, to get Monster done. I really only understood the magnitude of everyone's sacrifice after the project was completed.
It took about 15 weeks to shoot, what could have taken about 6 weeks. Monster was not 'produced' by Troma. They picked it up for distribution, and took production credits only after the actual producers exhausted their resources, and were forced to do what they could to get the film done. Director Bob Dahlin really had a vision. He plucked me out of nowhere (commercial actor from the SF bay area) and put me as the lead in the film. Being his first major film,with him at the helm... he was (I believe) overly cautious - thus the long shooting time. He and the producers, busted keester to get this thing done.
I believe it is the first movie in the history of the Teamsters, that the unions allowed them to defer pay. Everyone involved in this film did it on faith and confidence in Bob and the script.
In hindsight, I believed the producers should have accepted help from the majors (who were courting them all along), so that it could have gotten the full theatrical release that it was due. Bob and the producers were understandibly reluctant to give up any control.
Monster is a great little movie, with a tremendous cast of veteran actors. I learned a tremendous amount from all of them, and developed lifelong firendships with a few of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-Film Tribute and Lots of Troma Extras January 9, 2004
The Monster in the Closet is a wonderful send up of classic man-in-a-rubber-suit b-movies of the 50's. In this one, a mysterious monster suddenly appears in a closet in a small town North of San Francisco and proceeds to start killing people. It is able to move from closet to closet unseen.
Richard Clark is a hopeless reporter who is sent out to cover the nutty story. What he finds is a true story of horror and terror that can shock the world. He is suddenly in the middle of the biggest story ever.
A wonderful cast helps keep the movie right on track. Claude Akins is the tobacco-spitting Sherif and Henry Gibson is an Einstein-like scientist plus many others.
The movie is rated PG although Stella Stevens has a nude scene and many of the disks extras (there are dozens) are obviously R rated. But if you have ever loved those campy B flicks, you will really want to see this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 2, 2003
A Kid's Review
My brother and I literally grew up on this film that my dad taped off TV! We had never seen the first ten minutes, but that never stopped us. Now about 7 years later my brother gave it to me on DVD for X-mas and made family history while watching it for the first time ever from the very beginning and all the way to the end commercial free. I think this film is a classic,
A)it's hilarious, B) it's clever, and C) it's a break from the everyday wannabes who try to make great films. That ABC thing is one of the many great jokes that runs through the entire film. And the joke that always begins with "When I was a young boy I once found a frog..." will have you laughing for hours!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly funny June 3, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD because one of the actors in it I knew from Chicago was deceased and I wanted to see his movie role. I was pleasently surprised and entertained by the "tongue in cheek" approach of this movie. It is very funny, poking fun at all the 'B' horror movies I saw as a kid in the fifties. It has a great supporting cast of known actors who I think had a lot fun doing this flick. The dialogue just streams with cliches and the scenes are right out of just about every atomic mutant movie ever made. For pure non-frightening entertainment this is a great movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twas Beauty that Killed the Beast February 18, 2011
By Einsatz
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I grew up watching all those fifties SCI-FI flicks that this movie handily lampooned. (THEM! is one of my all time favorite monster movies.)
Every aspect of those cheesy movies was faithfully rendered in this low budget homage. They had me roped and tied from the start with a blind John Carradine trying to get his Seeing Eye dog to respond. The cast in general was great: Claude Akins spitting everywhere, Howard Duff with a really big cross and a very strange eulogy, Henry Gibson and his weird fascination with frogs, but especially Donald Moffat as the obligatory commander of the army (his best line, "I don't give a monkey's fart!").
I loved this movie. There wasn't a false note, start to finish. I couldn't stop smiling. It reinforced all the reasons I loved (and still love) those crazy monster movies from the fifties.
As for someone not familar with movies like Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis, or Monster on the Campus, I don't know how you'd respond to a movie like this.
Love them or hate them, they are what they are and if you "get" them, you'll get this.
Oh come on, IT WAS FUNNY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny comedy. If you don�t expect horror. February 12, 2001
By Calle
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is often in the horror section in the video stores. Therefore, some people who expect a horror movie might get disappointed. I would call this a comedy and it is a really funny comedy that spoofs a number of horror movies, for instance, the shower scene in Psycho (1960). The actors are actually quite good and the characters are funny, like Diane, who always lists her arguments "A...B...C..." and Dr. Pennyworth who starts to talk about the frog he found when he was young all the time. And the angry General Turnbull. And some other stupid funny things like that everybody gets almost hypnotized every time Richard Clark takes off his glasses. Well, it's to funny to tell you have to see it yourself! I very much recommend this movie to everybody who likes funny comedies and especially to you who likes horror movies and comedies! Give it a chance!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS AN OKAY MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by WOLFMAN 64
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie with the adorable young Paul Walker and other great...
I would rate this movie spoof a 5 stars. the late Paul Walker was always my favorite actor. He was such a great talent. Sincerely, amy Y.
Published 8 months ago by Amy y. Yoshikawa
1.0 out of 5 stars not a good movie
condition excellent but I overlooked the fact that its a troma film.....disappointed by this fact just looking for a more wholesome throwback scary movie
Published 22 months ago by amah
2.0 out of 5 stars Monster Kong
This movie is the parallel of what it would be like if a gay person would become if kept in the closet all his life, to become a monster. Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by Robert
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD is a copy of a VHS tape
I enjoyed the movie, though it is cheesy. (You can read the other reviews for the movie plot details.) But I gave this a 1 star because the DVD is a copy of the VHS Tape. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by J. Z.
1.0 out of 5 stars Monster In The Closet.
Yes it's a spoof and I still don't care for it, it is mildly entertaining. worth a watch but I was bored.
Published on June 30, 2010 by Jose Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Stelllaaaa!!!...
MONSTER IN THE CLOSET, as everyone has said, is a wonderful monster / sci-fi movie parody. The humor is well-placed, the creature is decently realized, and the characters are just... Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware: this movie will make you want to watch more crappy movies.
If you enjoy b movies and monsters that look like poop, this one's for you. It has a solid cast, and a comedic subtlety that you just don't find in other movies. Read more
Published on August 29, 2007 by M. Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars so awesome.
as far as b-movies go, this one is an instant classic. The monster alone is too funny. If you are a collector or enjoy cheesy horror/sci fi nonsense you should pick this one up. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by B Train
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster In The Closet
This is a hilarious low-tech movie that most people can enjoy. It is not overdone with loud unrealistic Special Effects that destroy the pleasure of current horror flicks. Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by Geford Sprandore
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