Little Monsters Review
Synopsis:A boy discovers an incredible and gruesome world of monsters under his bed.
Little Monsters (1989) is a family film looking to make sense of the boogeyman that kids love to think lurk in their closets or under their beds. Richard Greenberg (visual effects on Predator (1987), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Last Action Hero (1993)) directed the film that was a nightmare at the box office taking in only $793 thousand on an estimated $7 million budget.
Little Monsters starts with a young Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage - The Wonder Years TV series, The Princess Bride (1987)) trapping his monster after getting blamed for all the wrong doings by his family. The monster is named Maurice (Howie Mandel - Gremlins (1984) voice of Gizmo, Walk Like a Man (1987), The Outer Limits) quickly lures Brian into his world of boogeyman monsters and even takes him along to scare other children. Brian starts to notice changes not only to his attitude but also physically. Little did Brian know, he was slowly becoming a little monster himself.
Howie Mandel played Maurice excellently, and that was both amusing and entertaining. Mandel is usually a little over-the-top, but not in this film. Fred Savage did a terrific job acting also, but sometimes he seems like the same character in every role. Viewing this film now compared to when I was younger does significantly reduce how I would have scored this same movie back then. Little Monsters came out before Disney‘s Monsters, Inc (2001) but they still share many aspects and similarities. Expect to see 80’s references in jokes, in the graphics and special effects although they still have a great appeal to them. The film does a great job pulling the audience into a world of monsters but just not quite delivering to its fullest. Children of young ages will enjoy Little Monsters without picking apart the 80’s references, but older audiences will need a little more depth to the story.
About Little Monsters (1989)
Runtime: 100 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Total Avg. Votes: 8
Writers: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Director: Richard Greenberg