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The Monster Club is a British horror anthology film made in 1980, directed by Roy Ward Baker, starring Vincent Price and John Carradine, and loosely based on the works of horror author R. Chetwynd-Hayes.

In the film, Carradine plays a fictional incarnation of R. Chetwynd-Hayes who encounters a vampire named Eramus (Price), who takes him to the titular Monster Club in gratitude of reluctantly letting him feed on his blood. There, Eramus tells a few stories adapted from ones written by Chetwynd-Hayes.


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  • Affably Evil: While the monsters take pride in their violent ways, they are nevertheless very polite and respect R. Chetwynd-Hayes very much.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The plots are driven by George, Angela's boyfriend who comes up with the scheme to con RavenPickering, committer of Van Helsing Hate Crimes, and the unnamed innkeeper who appears to be the acting leader of the ghouls.
  • Brown Note: Raven the Shadmock, a hybrid monster from the first story, can melt the flesh of whoever hears him whistle. The whistle is also powerful enough to kill as shown by him gaining retribution on a stray cat for eating one of his pigeon friends.
  • Creepy Family: the Shadmock's relations.
  • Facial Horror: The ending of the first segment ends on this trope. Angela is physically destroyed by Raven's whistle for cruelly rejecting him. The damage is so horrific Angela's boyfriend goes insane on seeing her.
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  • Fan Disservice: The brief striptease scene quickly becomes this when the stripper's shadow shows her removing her flesh as well as her clothes and becoming a skeleton.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The third and final story is about a director who wanders into a village of ghouls. He is informed about what goes on in the village by a woman who is half human and half ghoul.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Shadmocks are what you get when the three common monster types (vampire, werewolf, ghoul) all interbreed. Several intermediate stages of hybrid (werevam, wereghoul, vamghoul, raddy, shaddy, maddy, and mock) are depicted on a genealogical chart of how you get a shadmock.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Eramus gives a speech on how humans can be very destructive and fiendish towards themselves. Rather than being disgusted, the other monsters in the club are so impressed by this revelation they respond by making R. Chetwynd-Hayes an honorary monster and club member.
  • Karmic Death: The second story tells of a vampire filmmaker's father being hunted by vampire hunters. When the lead hunter stakes the vampire's heart, he ends up bitten and turned into a vampire himself, prompting his fellow hunters to kill him on the spot.
  • Masquerade Ball: Raven holds one of these at his home in the film's first segment. This is done to both celebrate his engagement to Angela and to help slowly break her into the frightening appearances of his family.
  • Monster Mash: One of the main characters is a vampire named Eramus. The titular Monster Club has various monsters among its members, including a cyclops and some skeletal zombies, and the club secretary is a werewolf.
  • The Place: A nightclub for monsters.
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  • Something Else Also Rises: One scene has a stripper removing her skin after removing her clothes in silhouette. A four-eyed monster's eyes bug out after seeing this.

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