THE MONSTER CLUB (1980 U.K.) D: ROY WARD BAKER W: EDWARD and VALERIE ABRAHAM P: MILTON SUBOTSKY
This anthology is based on (and is very different from) a book by R. Chetwynd-Haynes. John Carradine is Haynes, who`s befriended by fan and vampire Vincent Price, who takes him to the title hang-out, full of people in silly monster outfits dancing around. Inbetween musical numbers by the likes of The Pretty Things and UB40 (!), Price details the different kinds of monsters to Carradine, and tells him three short stories. The first and third are very serious and very good (better than most Amicus anthology segments), and they sandwich a silly but likeable one about a vampire dad, told by a "vampire producer" played by Subotsky (this was his final film project in the U.K. for ITC, before heading to Hollywood for a few rounds). Finally Carradine (and humans) are entered into the Monsters Hall of Fame, and Carradine does a bit of a dance as more music plays on stage. With Donald Pleasence, Britt Ekland, Stuart Whitman, Patrick Magee, Richard Johnson, Anthony Steel, Geoffrey Bayldon and a female stripper who removes her skin. I can see why serious Brit horror fans might resent this goofy final blast of the anthology cannon, but i found it a lot more entertainng than many, including FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, which was also based on Haynes` stories.

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