The Movie Buff: A Look Back on Monsters Crash the Pajama Party

by: Alan Smithee

It’s almost Halloween, my favorite holiday. Why is it you ask? Well, for one thing, it’s the only time you can dress up like a fool. On any other day it’s frowned upon. For another thing, candy! You can eat candy all year round, but it isn’t free. You can’t just knock on someone’s door and ask for candy whenever you want. What about horror movies? They don’t show them on basic cable that much, but when it’s Halloween . . . They show them all the time!

See? It really is a magical time of the year, and Monsters Crash the Pajama Party shows that. This is an underrated classic from the 60’s. When they had “the midnight spook show”–a stage show where people would perform live magic or strange scary tricks–they would play this film and when it was over, a mad scientist would show up on the screen and give a chilling speech. Then when he was done . . . HE SENT HIS MONSTERS OUT INTO THE THEATER! That was the main attraction of the film–I mean “show”–because right after that a longer movie would play that had no gags and most of the people would leave.

Anyway, the film only runs for 30 minutes. What can they do in that amount of time? Show you a bunch of dumb college girls who go to a haunted mansion and have a sleep over–but of course in the name of the sorority! A bunch of stupid boys want to scare them, so they buy a batch of dime store masks and break into the house. But, the mad scientist gets one of the boys and turns him into a gorilla! So the gorilla runs around the mansion and chases the girls around . . . and that is about it.

I still enjoy the film. It has that B-Movie charm that I have grown to love. The DVD is great: it has short films, more than three hours of bonus features, and even a 3D part. It’s like having your own “midnight spook show” at home. Turn it on during this year’s Halloween party; it’s good for a few laughs. Everyone will dig it.