And it should remind one of those classic Amicus and Hammer Horror films, as the director Roy Ward Baker, writer, R Chetwynd Hayes, and producer, Milton Subotski, are responsible for many of those movies. Sadly for fans of this genre, The Monster Club was the last of these British anthologies, but certainly holds its own with those undeniable classics.
What The Monster Club has that some of those films don't is a camp aspect, a great soundtrack, and heaps of collectibles that fans of the movie can look for forever. Among them are the British quad poster, the vinyl soundtrack, one of the most collectible soundtracks ever, comic book art from John Bolton and Dezz Skinn, the book by R Chetwynd Hayes, the Beta and VHS tapes from Thriller Video, and a comic book of the screenplay that was given to all cast and crew at the wrap party.
There are three stories in The Monster Club. The first tells the story of a tender-hearted monster named Raven Shadmock. He is a meek and retiring creature who wouldn't hurt a fly... normally. But if something really gets a Shadmock angry, they have this power. A power that frightens even other monsters. The power to... whistle.
Ghouls are so misunderstood and underreprsented in the horror genre that this vignette is just a gem. The blue filter and gray garb will no doubt turn off a lot of viewers, but this is easily my favorite of the three stories. I'd suggest this final shot will stick with everyone who says this movie has no scares.
But wait, the movie is not over. Not by a long shot. You still get an outro by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, an impassioned speech by Vincent Price nominating R Chetwyn Hayes as a member of the club, and the playing of "Welcome To the Monster Club" and then a complimentary playing of "Monsters Rule, Ok?" as the credits roll. If you're lucky enough to be watching the Thriller Video version Elvira returns and pitches some other Thriller Video delicacies for your viewing displeasure.
Audiences of all ages should find the Monster Club to be good, clean fun.