Mad Monster Party was a Halloween-themed stop-motion animation from the masters who brought you all of those great
Christmas specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. And it’s on the Halloween movie list every year for my boys and me.
With a heavy influence from MAD magazine — it was co-written by Harvey Kurtzman and the characters were designed by Jack Davis — it’s a real treat. And with voices by Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller, it’s absolutely irresistible.
In a notable change from the Victorian-era women in the Christmas specials, the female lead, Francesca, is a curvy, buxom, husky-voiced sexy red-head with a mind just as sinister as the ghastliest of the monsters.