Saturday, October 15, 2011

Boris Karloff & Phyllis Diller in Mad Monster Party (1967)

Rankin Bass were tops in stop motion, making many classic holiday specials including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. They also produced other projects that are just as fun, but not as well known. This is one of those projects. Released in theaters, this film tells the story of Baron Von Frankenstein (Karloff), who wants to retire from his career of mayhem and pass the mantle on to his nephew Felix. When Felix proves unsuitable due to his sweet disposition, the annual monster convention  the Baron has chosen to break the news becomes a power-grab free-for-all. Who will prevail and win control over the secret of total destruction?
Look for caricatures of Peter Lorre and Tina Louise and listen for a caricature of Jimmy Stewart. This film is full of musical numbers, including a wacky number by Phyllis Diller called "You're Different." Though intended mainly for children, the story line does make some darker, more adult statements on society.

This film is available on DVD and scenes can be found on YouTube. Above is the trailer, uploaded by srsnoid.

Obscurity factor: 4 (has cult following but is otherwise fairly unknown, on DVD & in part on YouTube)


  1. Being a Rankin-Bass fanatic, you'd think that I would have seen this. I tried recently, on Netflix, but wasn't in the mood. I will definitely attempt another viewing, being that it's the Halloween season...

  2. It's so much sillier than their Christmas specials... That may account for why it's not as much of a classic.

  3. I remember watching this on television when I was a kid. For some reason the ending has always stuck in my mind. I searched all over the internet a few weeks ago trying to figure out the name of this film & finally found it in Wikipedia.

    I have this in my list of movies I need to buy from Amazon. Its not very much & is in stock. I think I was maybe 6yo the last time I saw this. Need to watch it again :)