Monster in the Closet (1986)

Genres - Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Horror Comedy, Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Jan 30, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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A humorous and skilful parody of the cliches and plot contrivances of 50's horror films, this monster movie is set in California, where closets can be large and quite important. The monster (Kevin Peter Hall) is straight out of Alien, if not quite as gruesome. It hides out in closets and wait for victims to unsuspectingly grab a shirt or slacks. After several closet deaths, a San Francisco obituary writer (Donald Grant) is sent to cover the story. He soon teams up with a science teacher (Denise DuBarry) and her son, a super-smart child prodigy, and they set out to solve the murders. The plot thickens when the gruff, brash Gen. Turnbull (Donald Moffat) enters the picture. It seems the monster is bullet-proof, laser-proof and bomb-proof -- a challenge to capture, kill, or subdue.

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General, monster, prodigy, son, teacher, writer