July 17th, 2008


Tired of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?  Had it up to here with Frosty the Snowman?  Got that feeling that if you see Santa Claus is Coming to Town one more time you’re going to blow your head off?  Well if you answered yes to all these questions, you might enjoy this Halloween themed Rankin-Bass production. 


Boris Karloff provides the voice of Dr. Frankenstein, who is so excited about creating his latest monster that he throws a party and invites all his monster friends to his castle for his shindig.  That means Dracula, Wolf Man, Dr. Jekyll (he brings Mr. Hyde with him), the Invisible Man, the Hunchback, The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are all under one roof and they’re ready to party.  Tensions arise however when Frankenstein announces he’s handing his experiments over to his nerdy nephew Felix, which doesn’t sit well with some of the monsters, who try to do away with him.   


If you’re like me, then all you need to hear is the words “Rankin-Bass” and “Boris Karloff” to be completely sold on this flick.  The animation is suitably tacky and there’s also a great Shirley Bassey style theme song in there too.  The film is also filled with some truly priceless puns such as:  “My sister was the white sheep of the family”, “Now you’ll discover who was the original Batman!”, and “You’re my type!  O-Negative!”    


All of the finer points aside, Mad Monster Party really should’ve been an hour long TV special and not a feature length movie.  It would’ve benefited from some tighter editing, less annoying supporting characters, and fewer songs.  Phyllis Diller, the only other star vocal talent in the cast, isn’t as grating as she normally can be but she doesn’t really bring a lot to the film.  Having said that; Mad Monster Party for all it’s faults is still pretty irresistible.