STARRING: Vincent Price (Eramus), Donald Pleasence (Pickering), John Carradine (R. Chetwynd-Hayes), Stuart Whitman (Sam), Richard Johnson (Father), Barbara Kellermann (Angela), Britt Ekland (Mother), Simon Ward (George), Anthony Valentine (Mooney), and Patrick Magee (Innkeeper)
DIRECTOR: Roy Ward Baker SCREENPLAY: Edward and Valerie Abraham (based on the book by R. Chetwynd-Hayes) PRODUCER: Milton Subotsky
THE MONSTER CLUB
A review by THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE ANNUAL
(out of 5)
Vincent Price, who had not made a film in five years, made a poor choice in returning in this below-par horror anthology film. Price portrays a vampire who brings horror story writer Carradine to a wacky disco for Transylvanian freaks. The disco is used as a link between the three tales of supposed horror, and Price relates the three stories. In "The Vampire Story" Pleasence is a detective on Scotland Yard's "Vamp Squad," who finally catches up with and kills his nemesis but in the process is transformed into a vampire himself. At least there is some humor and a couple of shocks. The other two segments are devoid of both. In the disco, there are performances by rock groups---Pretty Things and UB40---and a female stripper who takes off everything but her bones. Songs include: "Sucker for Your Love" (performed by B.A. Robertson), "Monster Rule OK," "The Stripper" (performed by The Viewers), "The Monster Club" (performed by Pretty Things), "25 Per Cent" (performed by UB40), "Valentino Had Enough" (performed by The Expressions).