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The Monster Club (1981)

Vincent Price , John Carradine , Roy Ward Baker  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, John Carradine, Anthony Steel, Roger Sloman, Fran Fullenwider
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008K79C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A writer of horror stories (Carradine) is invited to a "monster club" by vampire Erasmus (Price). There, the mysterious old gentleman spins three chilling tales of monsters, ghouls, and vampires. This most unique horror entertainment combines a star-studded cast with horror, humor, and music

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A writer of horror stories (Carradine) is invited to a monster club by vampire Erasmus (Price). There the mysterious old gentleman spins three chilling tales of monsters ghouls and vampires. This most unique horror entertainment combines a star-studded cast with horror humor and music.System Requirements: Running Time 104 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 825307907292 Manufacturer No: PH90729

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Monsters Rule O.K." April 29, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Back in the mid 60's to early 70's, Amicus Productions (The Studio That Dripped Blood) rivaled the famous Hammer Studios and its' horror films, and the releases from the two English studios were often confused as they often used many of the same actors and directors. Amicus Productions was most famous for its' creepy horror anthologies, including The House that Dripped Blood (1970), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), The Vault of Horror (1974), and From Beyond the Grave (1975). Amicus, formed by a partnership between producers Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg, dissolved in the mid 70's, as did Amicus Productions. While many fans mourned the passing of this wonderful and short-lived institution, Subotosky did go on to form Sword and Sorcery Productions, which released The Monster Club (1980), bringing back some of the magic of a time since past.
Directed by Roy Ward Baker, who also did Asylum and The Vault of Horror, along with numerous Hammer films, The Monster Club, based on a book by famed and prolific author R. Chetwynd-Hayes boasts a plethora of stars including Vincent Price, John Carradine, Donald Pleasance, Britt Ekland, Stuart Whitman, and Patrick Magee, among others. There are three stories here, loosely tied together with a wrap-around story and a number of musical performances (B.A. Robertson is great performing 'Sucker for Your Love'), all wonderful in their own right.
The film starts off with the wrap-around story, as we meet a character named after the author of the book the film is based on, R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Carradine) being approached by a man looking for a bite, as he hasn't eaten in a couple of weeks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster Club on Blu-ray September 3, 2013
This 1981 comedy-horror-musical film stars Vincent Price, John Carradine, Donald Pleasence. A writer of horror stories is invited to a monster club by a mysterious old gentleman. Three gruesome stories are told and between each story musicians play songs. This was Vincent Price's only vampire role. The picture and audio quality are great in this release. There is over 2 hours of total bonus content.

Story 1: Shadmock (vampire/werewolf) with Barbara Kellerman and Simon Ward.
Story 2: Vampire Hunters with Donald Pleasance.
Story 3: Humghoul (human/ghoul) with Stuart Whitman. Easily the best segment.

Special Features:
62-minute interview of Vincent Price conducted in 1987 by film historian David Del Valle
41-minute audio interview between Del Valle and Price
On camera interview with David Del Valle
Theatrical Trailer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure campy fun January 10, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Curious horror anthology is loosely based on the works of horror novelist R. Chetwynd-Hayes, portrayed by John Carradine as an active partaker in his own tales. The author is invited by a smooth vampire (the fabulous Vincent Price) to go with him to The Monster Club, where he bears witness to the secret social customs of various monsters, which evidently include drinking, dancing, and watching undead stripping Go Go Ghouls. He is also educated to the mating patterns of these creatures, whose tendency to inter-breed creates such new strains of monsters. All of this is interjected by short stories featuring campy yet fun monsters running amok. A fun side note is that the movie features music by pop-reggae band UB40. Have no sense of humor? Avoid this film. Love campy fun? Don't miss out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick, and AMAZING Special Features September 12, 2005
Being a huge fan of Elvira, I originally bought the VHS of THE MONSTER CLUB in the 80s when she hosted the film on her "ThrillerVideo" collection. I remeber seeing for the first time and loving all three stories in the trilogy, the great performances by Price and Carradine, the atmosphere and monster "Make-up" (i.e. cheap rubber masks) and even the over-the-top musical numbers (especially "The Stripper," complete with a woman stripping down to her skeleton in animation). Since then I've watched the film every halloween.

I was thrilled to see the film was finally on DVD. The film is in widescreen with a pretty decent transfer--but what MOST inpressed me was the Special Features. The gallery (featuring posters, adslicks, lobby cards, etc.) PLUS the FULL SOUNDTRACK of TMC (score AND songs), plus an Easter Egg featuring an interview with the "Slingshot Ghoul" in the Humgoo story.

The DVD is a treat and highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING.. May 27, 2004
I cannot recommend this disc enough. The picture and sound quality are fantastic for a film of its age and the extras are spot on as well, including the films soundtrack as a stand alone audio is a nice touch.
The only slight glich is the commentary from Beavis and Butthead (the actual people who released the dvd) who try there best to slag the film off in the most horror film nerd cliches of all time.
A brilliant budget disc that i have been waiting on for years.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah its cornball nonsense i know but.....
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathfinder is low quality dvd September 17, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
hi, this review is not for the movie, the movie is 5* for vincent price alone, this review is for the Pathfinder DVD release

it is both letterboxed and interlaced which results in very low resolution/ quality, its also a single layer DVD which doesnt help either. save your money for a better transfer or an eventual high-def release

UPDATE: i compared this release with a fullscreen version i have. turns out the widescreen version is actually a cropped version of the fullscreen release!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Anthology Horror Film.
I'm not a big fan of anthology films, but the appearances of film greats like Vincent Price, Donald Pleasence, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman and Patrick Magee makes this film... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars I was impressed
This is a rating coming from a horror fan who can safely say i hate anthologies.

I actually found myself enjoying this movie very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Bartel
5.0 out of 5 stars Have loved this one since I was a little kid!
This is a great example of pure early 80's cheese- not terribly horrific, not terribly well-acted in places, but boy, it's a lot of fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. K. Rodman
1.0 out of 5 stars No one is dying to get in here
There's a reason The Monster Club didn't get a U.S. release back in 1980, and it had nothing to do with Halloween or Friday the 13th: it just wasn't any good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colten
3.0 out of 5 stars vincent prices last hoorah
this movie is not his best effort but historically signifigant cuz it was his last. the bonus price interview is well worth the price of admission
Published 1 month ago by old cowhand from the rio grande
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to see on bluray,
now on bluray and in the 1.85.1 widescreen format frame with a dts 5.1 sound, this film has never looked better, i have the old dvd also to this movie but its in the 4,3 format... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamela
3.0 out of 5 stars The Monster Family Tree
This is considered Amicus Studios last film although the studio had dissolved a couple years before. Nonetheless it sure looks like something Amicus would produce. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deejay
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, if not great
I remember watching this when I was a kid, on TV.. the story of the HuGoo always stuck in my mind, expecially when I drive into a fog bank
Published 3 months ago by Matthew St.Gelais
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Night TV Monster Shenanigans
Vincent Price hosts this trilogy of shorts. Originally made for television, though I don't know that it ever aired but the one time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Retired Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transfer with a fun set of extras, including a rare 60 min...
Excellent film beautifully transferred to Blu Ray with some fun extras. This is the best this film has ever looked Colors are accurate and sharp, resolution is truly high... Read more
Published 4 months ago by GadgetGuy
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