PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):
Lonely after moving away from friends, Brian finds himself blamed for several things he apparently has not done. A quart of ice cream is left in the cupboard, Brian’s bike is left on the driveway (causing his father to crash into it on his way to work). Brian insists he is innocent and blames his brother, Eric, who claims to have seen a monster the night before. As revenge, Brian snatches Eric’s lunch and tosses it out the window, hitting Ronnie Coleman, the school bully who boards the bus and antagonizes Brian.
Brian soon befriends a blue-skinned monster named Maurice. Over the course of several nights, Maurice shows him a fun time in the monster world beneath Eric’s bed. It consists of every child’s dream: all the junk food and video games they want, and no adults to tell them what to do. It also has innumerable staircases leading to the spaces beneath children’s beds, from which the monsters cause trouble. Maurice and Brian have fun making mischief in other people’s homes, and Brian feels he has found a true friend at last – although Brian seems to be changing. He learns that he is turning into a monster, as his body parts shrink when the light hits him.
This changes Brian’s mind about Maurice and he saws off the legs of all the beds in the house. Due to Maurice’s failure to convert Brian (all monsters are former children), Eric is kidnapped by Snik (another monster) through the couch bed in the living room. Brian enlists the help of his friends. Gathering an assortment of bright lights, they enter the monster universe in search of Eric. “Zapping” various monsters along the way, they march to the master staircase, where Boy, the ruler of the monster world, resides. Boy offers to let Eric go if Brian agrees to convert, but Brian refuses. The bright lights are destroyed and they are all placed with Maurice in a locked room. They manage to escape by turning Maurice into a pile of clothes (via an improvised light) and slide him through the door crack. They re-arm themselves with more powerful light and destroy Boy, explode Snik (who later puts himself together), and rescue Eric.
The kids appear to have lost until Maurice appears with a flamethrower. He sets Snik ablaze, allowing Brian and the others to escape. Unfortunately, they find that they cannot return home because the sun has risen. Faced with the prospect of turning into monsters if they do not return to the human world by sunrise, the children travel in the monster world from the Eastern time zone to Malibu where the sun has not risen yet and they manage to escape. Brian and Maurice share a heartfelt goodbye, and Maurice gives Brian his bomber jacket to remember him by.
Please excuse the crudity of this review, it’s been a long day, and I’m half asleep.
Little Monsters is a film that was released when I was a youngster, but I don’t seem to recall it. That happens, though.
So, this film is about a kid who moves around alot and doesn’t really have any friends in his new town (been there, done that, got the T-shirt). His little brother is seeing monsters under the bed, which leads him to ask his big brother to protect him. This is where we meet the monster, Maurice, and the film takes off.
I would love to say that I found this film interesting, bt fact of the matter is, it started out slow, picked up a little steam, then fizzled out before it could really get anywhere.
The good parts of the film happen when Brian meets Maurice. In typical 80s fashion, there is a montage of their pranks and whatnot, as well as some time actually spent letting the audience know what they’re doing, and throw in some bonding between the two of them.
There is also a fairly cute subplot about the slight crush Brian has on his classmate, Kiersten.
On the negative side, this film seemed like it was trying to be a kid-friendly Beetlejuice. Ironically, I think this one has more strong language.
Monsters aren’t exactly supposed to be the easiest to get along with, with the exception of the ones in Monsters, Inc., of course, but these were just downright annoying, especially Maurice.
The film’s climax is not the payoff one would expect from a climax. It just serves to throw in some gross out effects and nothing more.
The casting of both Savage brothers is about the only good thing I can say about the cast, though I will say these kids didn’t seem like they were child actors, but rather kids who were literally picked randomly out of classes and told to be in this movie.
When all is said and done, Little Monsters should and could have been better. I’m sure there are some out there who have fond memories of this flick. We all have movies from our childhood that we love, bt everyone else seems to not care for as much. With me, that title falls to The Adventures of the American Rabbit. Having said that, though, I just am not a fan of this film. I wonder if I had seen this as a kid, though, would my opinion be different. Should you check this out? Sure, but don’t go in with high hopes.
3 out of 5 stars