Saturday, May 12, 2012

Little Monsters (1989)

Brian Stevenson traps the monster under the bed after being blamed for a number of 'accidents' around the house, and the kooky creature invites Brian to join him in the monster world below. At first, scaring kids and living a life without rules seems great, but soon, Brian realizes that he has been lured into becoming a monster, himself! LITTLE MONSTERS is better left to fond remembrances, since the film does not play nearly as well to the older crowds as it does for its intended younger audiences. Howie Mandel performs his third-rate 'Beetlejuice' impersonation as the monster, Maurice, whose wackiness is way more annoying than entertaining. While the story here certainly has potential, the limited budget and shabby production quality take away from the overall enjoyment of the film, although elements of the plot can be seen in Disney's wildly successful animated feature, MONSTERS, INC. Kids are sure to enjoy the sillier scenes where Brian and Maurice play pranks on the other children, but parents be warned.. There are still enough frightening moments in LITTLE MONSTERS to terrify children under 10.

Rating: 6/10.



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