From a critical point of view The Monster Club represents the nadir of the British horror anthology film. This is a tradition in British horror which stretches back to the post war chills of Ealing Studios Dead of Night (1945) and was brought to longer lasting popularity by the Anglo-American production outfit Amicus. By 1980 the Amicus leadership had gone their separate ways and under the guidance of Milton Subotsky Amicus stuttered fitfully to this final swansong. The writing had been on the wall for the anthology horror film after the critical and commercial shortcomings of Subotsky’s feline themed bore The Uncanny (1977). Subotsky either chose too ignore this failure or was completely oblivious to an international market that had turned away from the quaint offerings that Amicus were now known for.
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