Monster Kid Home Movies: DVD of monster movies made by kids from the 1950s-1980s

One of the most exciting revelations in the book Homemade Hollywood was the news of the existence of Monster Kid Home Movies, a two-hour 2005DVD of kid-made monster movies from the 1950s to the 1980s, transferred from streaky old film-stock.

I sent away for a review copy of the disc and it's been my captivating evening viewing for two nights now. Monster Kid Home Movies is an utterly exuberant celebration of monster-obsessed amateur creativity, and the films are filled with raw enthusiasm for the genre. These are Forry Ackerman's spiritual progeny at their most ingenious, contriving incredible costumes, ill-advised stunts, clever camera work, and often hilarious hamming to recreate the famous monsters of filmland.

The DVD's extras are great as well -- bios and production stills from the films, which are organized by creator. Some of these kids went on to have real Hollywood careers, others didn't, but they all made glorious monster movies in their day.

Monster Kid Home Movies

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  1. I love how 95% of these include the line, “Oh no! He’s heading straight for Poughkeepsie!”

  2. It wouldn’t surprise me if one of my own epics was included. Geez – that was a real flashback to my early teen years.

  3. I don’t know. Isn’t this another one of those products that only sells to people who think kids are adorable?

  4. This sounds like a VERY cool gift idea fora few people I know – thanks for the tip!

  5. I have this DVD and it is AWESOME! Even if you don’t think kids are adorable, it’s great. It includes some films made by people who went on to become comic book artists and work in the film industry, too. One of my faves is the kids version of “Kolchak,” complete with a teen boy playing the hard-bitten reporter.

  6. This isn’t about thinking kids are adorable. It’s about the joy old monster movies gave you when you were a kid. Movies that were so fun they made you wanna get Dad’s old camera and round up the kids in the neighborhood and make a monster movie! Even that older kid who was a real jerk but was the tallest and made the best monster.

  7. My friend, writer Paul McComas, takes old horror and sci-fi films he made as a kid, reedits them, and hires friends to dub dialog. The results are funny and entertaining. He’s selling a dvd containing nine of these remixed films on his website for $10. Net proceeds from sales of the dvd benefit blood-donation services.

    Here’s an article about one of his films which recently won an award:

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