So I’ve started my own personal Halloween film festival…in which I park myself in front of the television with my laptop and watch horror movies and other such bits up until Halloween. One of the DVDs I grabbed earlier in the year in anticipation of checking it out during this fantastic time of the year is Monsters Crash the Pajama Party. And it is amazing. The “villain” of the piece is The Mad Doctor. We know he’s The Mad Doctor because, well, just take a look at his lab coat in the pic there. Yes. I think you might have an inkling of what’s in store for you.
The “feature” is short as it’s just an excuse to get a bunch of young ladies on screen in what passed for skimpy sleepwear in 1965 and have them run around a haunted house chased by people in terrible monster costumes. And that was, in turn, just an excuse to set up the live spookshow part of the evening–because when this was shown in cinemas, at a certain point, the monsters would come off the screen into the theater and snatch up a girl from the audience then drag her back onto the screen for their diabolical experiments. The whole thing was made up of locally acquired actors and an audience plant–but it’s like a William Castle film–something fun as hell that I’d like to see continued. Some groups do still put on a spookshow–here in Atlanta there’s a group, for example.
Here, here’s a bit of it.
However, I have to say the Something Weird Video DVD release of this thing does a good job of giving you a virtual spookshow experience. There’s a 3-D short film, spookshow previews, radio spots, info on how to create your own spookshow and my favorite: commentaries from two ghostmasters who used to put on the spookshows. You know how I love the posterity. If you’d like to check out a copy, you can do so here. It’s available at Amazon for just $5.