Little Monsters (1989) Movie Review

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Little Monsters (1989)

1989 | PG | Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
100 minutes / 1h 40min

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Little Monsters Plot Synopsis:

A child meets the monster that lives under his bed. He even becomes one of his best friends. Soon the child discovers a whole new world of fun and games under his bed where pulling pranks on kids and other monsters is the main attraction.

Little Monsters (1989) Review

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.

  • Little Monsters Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.07
  • IMDB: 6.1

About Little Monsters 1989

Title: Little Monsters
Year: 1989
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.03/5 stars from 9,735 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,735 MPAA Rating: PG
Little Monsters Cast Starring: Rick Ducommun, Daniel Stern, Howie Mandel, J. Michael Hunter, Frank Whaley, Michael Weaver, Lisa Cain, Tony Bonsignore, Amy Holden, Devin Ratray, Dana Wood, Stacy Pochowicz, Byron Faler, Laura Winstead, Jeremy Fowler, Doug Turner, Elise Schillmoller, Donna Strickland, Trent Jobin, Howard Spiegel, Jessica Hauser, Amy Plaskett, Ben Savage, Jessica Greenberg, Ashley Broadfoot, Fred Savage, Natanya Ross, Ginny Broadfoot, Scott Bayzle, Margaret Whitton
Little Monsters Writers: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Little Monsters Director: Richard Greenberg
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA