HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Traffik
Pitch Perfect 3
Insidious: The Last Key
Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, The
Dirty Carnival, A
King of Hearts
Crowhurst
And the Same to You
Racer and the Jailbird
Superman and the Mole-Men
Phantom Thread
Sweet Country
Loophole
Irma La Douce
Brigsby Bear
Wish Upon
Gringo
Finding Vivian Maier
Shape of Water, The
Lady Bird
Endless, The
Universal Soldier: The Return
Lean on Pete
Carnival in Flanders
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
It Came from the Desert
Lodgers, The
Eagle vs Shark
American Assassin
Die, Mommie, Die!
   
 
Newest Articles
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We'd Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
Time for Heroes: The Dam Busters and How I Won the War
Hell is a City: Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver
Boris Goes Bonkers, Bela Goes Bats: The Old Dark House and Mark of the Vampire
Charles Bronson's Mid-70s: Breakheart Pass and Others
Kids in America: The Breakfast Club vs Metropolitan
80s Dance-Off: Staying Alive vs Murder-Rock vs Breakin'
   
 
  Mad Monster Party? Creature FeatureBuy this film here.
Year: 1967
Director: Jules Bass
Stars: Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Animated
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: Baron Boris Von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) has reached the summit of his life's work: he has become master of destruction with his new potion. Now he feels it is time to step down as head of all that is wicked and pass the responsibility onto someone else, so he assembles all the main monsters and villains at his castle on the Isle of Evil to announce his successor: his mild-mannered nephew, Felix.

This was one of the Rankin Bass partnership's "Animagic" films which used puppets and stop-motion animation, and was written by Harvey Kurtzman, Len Korobkin and Forrest J. Ackerman. It's one of those children's films that probably appeals more to the nostalgic adults who saw it as children themselves, and it is itself nostalgic for the classic monster movies of the thirties, forties and fifties.

All the old favourites are there. Count Dracula appears in the Bela Lugosi style, complete with cape and bat-transformation abilities. Frankenstein's monster is a big, inarticulate lump who is married to his bride, voiced by a cackling Phyllis Diller (who even calls him "Fang"!). The Wolfman is dressed in gypsy garb, and acts more like a pet dog than a ravening beast. The Invisible Man wears nothing but a smoking jacket, dark glasses and a fez (but no trousers!); I think he's supposed to sound like Claude Rains, but he actually sounds like Sydney Greenstreet. Felix himself sounds like James Stewart, for some reason.

There are more - this film is packed with monsters! The Mummy gets his own dance routine, the Creature (from the Black Lagoon, presumably) eats fish, the Hunchback of Notre Dame is immensely strong, Dr Jekyll transforms into Mr Hyde, and there's even a little Peter Lorre henchman. Then there's the mysterious "It" who turns up at the end to bring the house down. Why all these heavies should bow down to Baron Boris isn't clear, but he has invented an atomic bomb solution: Dracula calls humans the worst kind of monsters in an aside.

If you're the type of person who feels strangely attracted to female cartoon characters, then Francesca, the Baron's buxom assistant, should appeal to you. The jokes, however, sound more like something from the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland than anything laugh-out-loud funny. When the party turns into a brawl, Dracula ends up in the punchbowl: "Punch, anyone?" he asks, only to be walloped by the Frankenstein Monster - that's about the level of wit.

Having said that, there is one good joke ("I didn't want you to think I was an easy pickup!") and the puppets and design are wonderful, intricate and full of personality. See the cuckoo clock that uses a screaming shrunken head to chime the hour, or the skeleton band who wear Beatle Wigs and perform at the party. For animation fans this is a treat, so never mind the flimsy story and concentrate on the affectionate creations. Music by Maury Laws.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5834 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Jules Bass  (1935 - )

American animator and producer who, after a career in advertising, set up a company with Arthur Rankin to create animated specials for television, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. From the sixties onwards, they created a few films for cinema, such as Daydreamer, Mad Monster Party?, Flight of Dragons and The Last Unicorn. Also a composer of songs.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Jamie Nichols
Andrew Pragasam
George White
   

 

Last Updated: