(ended 1991)



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Welcome to the Monsters guide at Monsters had a run from 1988 to 1991 and previously was running in syndication on SCI-FI. Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein, producer of Tales from the Darkside, Monsters was a 30-minute weekly show that was very simple in its premise. Normally, as Rubinstein said, due to budget restrictions all the scripts were written with only one or two interior scenes and a maximum of six or seven characters and always involved a monster.


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  • Monsters

    I love this show I've seen Tales from the dark side too Monsters is far more scary. :) I found the entire series on Hope this helps anyone else who's searching for it. It took me 25 years of searching to find the entire series.
  • Monsters! my favorite creepy show in the whole wide universe! This show is gross, this show is raw, this show is frantic.

    What is better than Tales from the crypt? the answer is Monsters!, well it must be cause I am a big fan of the show. This show has some of the creepiest stories I have ever seen on TV, the acting is not superb but delivers, the special effects were excellent maybe not the best but they were all the show needed.

    Gross, is one word I can use to depict this show. From a long finger that crawls out of a can to a hovering eye that sucks brains. This and much more craziness you can find in this TV show.


    (They HAVE to put this out on DVD, now)moreless
  • This show was so good, it should have been TFDS II, but it does feature many of same concepts that the show had, only with more comedic feelings and also irrationality added in. Also their would occasionlly be an episode, that would be very gruesome.moreless

    The show starts quite the same as Tales, with a mundane situation going into something usually terrifying, or not of the rational mind. But, it also kinda of dozed off at times into comedic characters, and also silly characters, that would do the person in just like on Tales, sometimes with unfriendly consequences. The episodes differed in terms of horror, some were basically episodes that focused on many aspects of the beyond, like zombies, and also on a few occasions, aliens. The show was not actually quite as gruesome as Tales in my opinion, but it did feature grotesque monsters, ranging from the primitive to downright insane. This included, dragons, lizards, demons, ghosts, insects, out of control lab-rats, creepy aliens, mutants, disfigured people,and also zombies, and yes vampires. So, it wasn't the greatest horror anthology series, but did keep much of the same concepts, that lead it previous show to become a hit, but also giving people a sense of the fact, that their are some people who don't always live in our world, but rather in another one, and it's pretty scary and effective throughout most of the show. The show episodes though are quite grainy and chessy, and at times it's even hard to see the monsters very well, but the lack of CGI, and advanced special effects from that period, didn't really slow it down that much, and the point and the undertone that's revealed in the episode, somewhat makes up for that. Overall, an excellent series, that doesn't have the best special effects because of the time that it came out, and budget constraints, but still manages to show the other side of life, that sometimes we miss, just like it's previous show.moreless
  • This I managed to get on ebay, so I will wear it off until SOMEBODY releases the real deal on DVD!!

    Sure, some stories were kinda cheesy, but they were funny, some scary and never a waste of time, I thought the show was pretty amazing for the budget they must had on hand (or at least it looked like they didn't had much), I understand that this show was a spin-off of Tales From the Darkside, but to my taste Monsters were a lot better!!

    I have so many personal favorites, but some that were really eerie for me are "Pillow Talk" and "My Zombie Lover" (check the recaps) this is one of the shows that MUST return to our screens, I´M LOOKING at you SCI-FI channel!!!moreless
  • This show was a amazing for a low budget horror series. The twists and turns in the storylines were often quite entertaining, even though the acting (when looked at now) seems a lot like a show just getting into it's grove.moreless

    Despite it's low budget, I really enjoyed this series when it was first released and still remember quite a few of the episode stories despite it not being released to DVD currently.

    Each story usually takes place on a limited 2 or 3 scene (ground floor and basement or house entryway and emergency room) set where storyline was definitely what kept it going. Even when you knew it involved some sort of monster (the name of the show sets that up,) the kind of monster was quite often fun to guess.

    The acting is not stellar in a way that always makes you empathize with the characters and the language is quite dated to the time period (i.e. "I learned that in the slammer. That was my prep school."), but the roles of various characters are easy to categorize (such as "leader type" "peon" "person who will die because they desperately deserve to" etc.)

    All and all a very entertaining and fun flashback to when TV stories were not overshadowed by CGI.moreless