Monster in the Closet

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This article is about a 1986 film. For the monster said to reside in household closets, see Bogeyman.
For the Mayday Parade album, see Monsters in the Closet (Mayday Parade album).
Monster in the Closet
DVD cover for 'Monster in the Closet'
Directed by Bob Dahlin
Produced by Peter L. Bergquist
Michel Billot
Terrence Corey
David Levy
Robert Rock
Written by Bob Dahlin
Starring Paul Dooley
Paul Walker
Claude Akins
Stella Stevens
Howard Duff
Henry Gibson
Jesse White
John Carradine
Stacy Ferguson
Music by Barrie Guard
Cinematography Ronald W. MacLeish
Edited by Mark Conte
Raja Gosnell
Stephanie Palewski
Jacque Elaine Toberen
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 31, 1986 (1986-10-31)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Monster in the Closet is a 1986 horror comedy with a veteran cast, including Howard Duff and John Carradine, as well as The Black Eyed Peas' Stacy Ferguson and Paul Walker in early roles. The film was distributed by Troma Entertainment. In the GotchaMovies article "Final Destinations and Killer Condoms", Monster in the Closet was selected as the 8th greatest moment in teen slasher history.[1] The film was directed and written by Bob Dahlin.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

After a series of murders in San Francisco that all take place inside closets, a reporter and his scientist friend decide to uncover the mystery and save California.[3]



The film contains many comical and subtle references to homosexuality. The title references the state of being a closeted gay, the creature's sudden smitteness and affection for the handsome leading man even though there is no other indication that the creature is female, and the film ends with it collapsing and dying while "marching on San Francisco."


  1. ^ Brett Fletcher (August 19, 2009). "Final Destinations and Killer Condoms". Gotcha Movies. 
  2. ^ "Monster in the Closet". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2003", page 514. Gale Group, Inc., 2004

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