Lost Signals: Monsters (1988)
A horror show that’s fun for the entire family… even if they aren’t human.
Produced by the same mind behind Tales from The Darkside, Richard P. Rubinstein, Monsters was a late 80s/early 90s television anthology show that blended horror with comedy for a unique presentation that was more Harry and the Hendersons than straight horror. While each story was generally unrelated to the next they all shared a common theme (hint: monsters) which tied them together along with some pretty cool twist endings.
Without a doubt my favorite part of this show has to be the opening sequence where a seemingly “normal” family is sitting down to watch their favorite show… but wait! Turns out these aren’t people, but monsters – ahh!. The makeup and effects from this opening are pretty reflective of the quality found in each episode and are credited to consultant Dick Smith (Scanners, Poltergeist III). It’s a little cheesy, but sets the right tone for a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Although the show lasted three full seasons, I can only recall a few mixed episodes from when it was re-broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel during the 90s. My favorite episode was probably Jar which included some adultery and these tiny little monsters that kill people before dissolving. Aside from that there was an episode called The Demons and the one found above, Murray’s Monsters. These last two are pretty indicative of what the show was like as a whole. Comedians (or comedic actors) + b-movie monsters = plenty of spooky fun.
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