“There’s nothing sadder than the tender-hearted grief of a monster.”
After drawing blood from the neck of his favorite horror story writer (John Carradine), a vampire (Vincent Price) takes Carradine to a disco club for monsters, where he explains various types of monster-hybrids by telling the following three tales: a “shadmock” (James Laurenson) hires a beautiful woman (Barbara Kellerman) as his secretary, and is heartbroken when she allows her abusive boyfriend (Simon Ward) to bully her into theft; the son (Warren Saire) of a vampire (Richard Johnson) and human (Britt Ekland) is shadowed by a local constable (Donald Pleasence) hoping to drive a stake into Johnson’s heart; and a filmmaker (Stuart Whitman) scouting locations for his next horror movie stumbles into a village of ghouls, including a sympathetic “humegoo” (Lesley Dunlop) who tries to help him escape.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Britt Ekland Films
- Donald Pleasence Films
- Episodic Films
- Horror Films
- John Carradine Films
- Roy Ward Baker Films
- Vincent Price Films
This affectionate homage to Hammer Studios’ episodic horror films such as Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) is decidedly hit-and-miss, but beloved by those who remember it with nostalgia from their early 1980s childhoods and appreciate seeing cinematic icons Price and Carradine together on screen. The first and third stories told by Price are reasonably spooky, with director Roy Ward Baker managing to evoke some empathy for their monster-protagonists. Unfortunately, all scenes showing musical interludes at the “Monster Club” are pretty atrocious, as are the costumes of the club’s attendees.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- John Carradine and Vincent Price
- Good use of comic/cartoon passages
- Some spooky, atmospherically filmed sequences
No, though Hammer Films fans may have some nostalgia for it — and I think Price fans will also be curious to check it out once. Listed as a Sleeper in the back of Peary’s book.