Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE MONSTER CLUB - "Happy Halloween" (1981)

 Well, tonight's Saturday Night Special wraps up my Countdown To Halloween 2017, and it's a good one! Thanx again to John Rozum for organizing this whole thing one more year, and all the contributors new and olde!

 Tonight's special Halloween presentation is a curious movie made in 1981 that should be the go to Halloween movie because it's got it all! It's called "The Monster Club," and it not only has an all-star cast, it also has an all-star cast of musical performers! How in the Hell can it get much better than that??

 All three members of this power trio were still going strong in 1981 thank goodness!

"The Monster Club" is a movie that there is so much going on story wise and music wise that it's just too much for this format! It's a trilogy of terror with rockin' fun horror based music interspersed in between the story segments! In other words, it's almost freakin' prefect!

Vincent Price is an olde vampire that, after just taking a neck-sip wants  his almost-victim John Carradine to join him in a members only place called "The Monster Club!"

"The Monster Club" is literally a jumpin' place! They serve up terrific Bloody Marys using real blood, but they substitute tomato juice in John's drink since he's human!

 Vincent explains to John the whole lineage of monsterology! Even I, before watching this had never thought about how Werewolves, Vampires, and Ghouls are all related, and all the cross species you never even normally hear about, like shadmocks, and humghouls!

 Random shots of evil! I know, I have a split face calico cat in my face every morning at 5:00 AM!

 I am a sucker for long hall/path shots, and I just never ever get tired of this perspective!

 One of the stories is about a monster guy who is quasi-normal some of the time, but if you upset him, and he starts whistling, this is what can happen to you! 

 B.A. Roberstson performs "I'm A Sucker For Your Love!"
 Slurp, Slurp!! 
It just doesn't get much better than this!

The always beautiful Britt Ekland is the vampire's wife in one story!

This is the front door of the vampire's house! Other than that, they're just a normal family with a Father that works nights!

This trio are the notorious vampire killers! That's Donald Pleasence in the middle!

The band called Night with Stevie Lange on vocals, rocks the house down with a song called......

..... "The Stripper!" 
 Drop dead goregous Suzanna Willis takes it ALL off!!
And you can watch the show for free right HERE!  

I guess there's no soundtrack CD available, which is too bad because the music is killer throughout! The Pretty Things, and The Viewers also perform, and the solid background music is provided by UB40!

Way back in 1981, and these creatures still look more gruesome than current members of the walking dead. I think it's the smiles! These things are having way too much fun!!

As always, Stuart Whitman puts in a fine performance, this time as a movie maker looking for a quaint village location he can exploit! Stuart's going to be 90 this coming February, and we wish him well!

As a human, John Carradine questions why he is invited to be a member of a monster club, so Vincent the vampire in a nice monologue enlightens him to the fact that humans are the biggest monsters of all, and are single-handedly responsible for more death, mayhem and malice than all types of monsters combined! No vampires, ghouls or werewolves have ever created an atomic bomb etc, and you know what? He's right!!
Come on back on Monday when Tabonga will bring you our last Countdown to Halloween feature of the year!


Caffeinated Joe said...

How have I never seen this movie before? Or, if I did way back when, how the hell did I forget it? I am going to go look for it ASAP! Thanks for the post and for a fun month. Cannot believe it is almost Halloween!

EEGAH!! said...

You're not alone Joe! I didn't know about this movie either until a couple of weeks ago. Let's see, 1981, daughter was two years old, and my wife had just divorced me! I wasn't watching too many movies at the time!

Caffeinated Joe said...

Um... I was 10. Different priorities, too, I guess. :)

EEGAH!! said...

Yeah, you were probably focused on playing, and I was focused on drinking!

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