So I decided to really take the spirit of Halloween to the MAXIMUM XTREME and start off crazy hardcore with an INTENSE viewing experience. I climbed up Netflix Mountain to see what was on offer in the genre known as “Spookiest.” They have some things in that Instant Watch that are worthy of Halloween Time Viewing. I mean, if you are into being scared and such. I am not particularly, but I decided to be a tough guy and take one for the team just for you guys. Just for you fine readers out there. I decided to watch Mad Monster Party.
Created by the same people who made other claymationed classics such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Nestor the Saddest Bible Donkey, and a slew of other things.. I think Baby New Year got stolen once and there was one that had Winter and Hot Weather.. that might have been the New Year one – but I mean – I liked those. The style of animation creates a nostalgia in me that pleases me despite any plot holes that might arise and so on. So I saw this Mad Monster Party thing – which I hadn’t even heard of before – and I thought something along the lines of, “hooray!” BUT DID I CHEER TOO SOON??
Actually, imo, I am glad I cheered prematurely because of course, misguided cheers made in ignorance are better than no cheers at all. First let me say that this was ninety-four minutes long. !!! That is so long for a plot that would have been thoroughly exhausted within twelve minutes if they took out all of the horrible songs and kooky dance sequences popular in every damn thing made in the late 1960s. Boris Karloff was pretty sweet in it, but dear lord, Phyllis Diller was so irritating. And I normally love her so much! I will never forgive Mad Monster Party for making me doubt my affection for that lady. And all the monsters were either ridiculous or really bad imitations of people. Although I think the Dracula may have straight up just been Eugene Levy somehow. He just made me think of him constantly. That is not meant to be a compliment to anyone.
The plot itself seems to be about Boris Karloff as Dr Frankenstein, who is for some reason the king of all monsters or something. And he wants to retire, so he is calling all of the monsters to his Evil Science Island in order to inform them of this change in regime. Off the top of my head, it seems that the only monsters on the planet are Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman (who is a werewolf 100% of the time), the Invisible Man who never wears pants, Frankenstein Monster and his wife, who just looks exactly like Phyllis Diller – they didn’t even give her any crazy hair, like.. Swamp Thing or something, Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde, and Quasimodo, the poor disfigured human being who isn’t a monster at all gosh how insensitive! Other characters include zombie butlers who all look alike except for the one who is basically Peter Lorre who spends all of his time harrassing and dry-humping this red-headed buxom lady assistant of Karloff, and also Karloff’s dorky nephew, who is the Hero. I do not like anyone except Dr Frankenstein. I know I already said that but I wanted to establish it again.
Everyone is jealous of and hates the nephew, who is of course clueless for a long long time. They decide to try to kill him off so that they can get the — oh, Dr Frankenstein “discovered” a “potion” that seems to just set off hydrogen bombs or something and he keeps being like “IT CAN KILL ALL LIFE MWAH HA HA” and the monsters all want it. There is probably a life lesson social commentary metaphor going on there, but who cares. In a controversial scene, after the monsters all start double crossing each other, the nephew whose name I forget slaps the red-headed lady, whose name I also forget. She is just like becoming hysterical, screaming about how much she hates him and how he is ruining her life and he hauls off and slaps her in the face. Instantly she is like OH I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and they have many songs and a few creepy animated make out sessions and I know this is a spoiler but IT WASN’T EVEN A RUSE. SHE REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM BECAUSE HE SLAPPED HER.
Other things like that happen throughout the show and it took me three days to watch it because I kept stopping it to sleep or to watch other things instead. I won’t spoil the very ending for you in case you want to see it for yourself, but let me tell you that I didn’t think it made sense and left me dissatisfied so much. Also, I mean, maybe you will want to see it because you saw it when you were a child and it brings back fond memories for you. People have weird tastes like that. There is no nostalgia for me here though. None forever.
F U, MAD MONSTER PARTY. I WAS DISAPPOINTED.
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