'Monster M'ash refers to:

Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song Originated by Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Monster Mash (1995 film), an  horror-themed musical film, starring Bobby "Boris" Pickett Candace Cameron John Kassir

Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'". The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.[2]

Pickett and Capizzi composed "Monster Mash" and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, pianist Leon Russell, Johnny MacRae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers". (Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well,[3] while Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster Mash Party".[4]) The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop", as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era.[5] A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.

The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"[6]

Re-releases and other versions[edit]Edit

The song was re-released several times and appeared in the Billboard charts on three occasions after the original release — December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973.[7] The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. To celebrate this popular release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. The "Monster Mash" re-entered the British Charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60.

"Monsters' Holiday", a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995. During the 2004 presidential election, Pickett turned the song into a campaign video and retitled it "Monster Slash," with lyrics by Jerry Altman, in which he critiqued President George W. Bush's environmental policies.

Cover versions[edit]Edit

"Monster Mash" became a pop music standard, and many cover versions have been recorded over the years.

    • Radio/television horror host John Zacherle recorded his own version of the song in 1962, for an album of the same name.
    • The Beach Boys covered the song just two years after its original release, on their 1964 album Beach Boys Concert.
    • Boris Karloff was so taken with the song that he performed it himself on a 1965 episode of Shindig!.
    • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band covered it on their 1969 album Tadpoles, having performed it on the British television series Do Not Adjust Your Set in 1968 (complete with Frankenstein Monster on "electric spoons").
    • In 1972 horror film actor and DJ Mike Raven performed a version of "Monster Mash" on the music show 2 G's and the Pop People.
    • In 1973 the song was covered in Spanish by Mexican rock and roll stars Luis Vivi Hernandez. The 7" EP features a color picture of The Munsters cast on the sleeve.
    • Actor Vincent Price recorded a version of it as well in 1977.
    • A 1978 Halloween episode of Happy Days featured Ron Howard performing a rendition of the song, using a Peter Lorre impression rather than Pickett's Karloff one.
    • In 1978 Finnish band Kontra made, for their second album Kontran Toinen Puoli, a cover of the song in Finnish called "Hirviömuhennos", describing a food, "salad in meat".[citation needed]
    • In 1980, the British ska band Bad Manners covered "Monster Mash" on their debut album Ska 'n' B.
    • Hardcore punk band Ill Repute covered it as well on their 1985 album Omelette.
    • In 1988, The Big O covered it for the Return of the Living Dead Part II Soundtrack.
    • In 1989, Brazilian rockabilly band João Penca e Seus Miquinhos Amestrados released an album called "Sucesso do Inconsciente" which featured "O Monstro Macho" (The "macho" monster), a parody on the original song. [8]
    • In 1989, Ross Higgins covered the song for the ABC For Kids 0-9 series of albums. It appeared on album #7 and was one of the songs from the project to be promoted with a music video.
    • In 1991, the hardcore punk band Murphy's Law covered the song for their "Monster Mash" EP.
    • In 1994, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their Halloween special "Trick or Treason."
    • The 1996 album Test for Echo by the Canadian rock trio Rush includes an instrumental track, "Limbo", which contains several samples from "Monster Mash" including the line "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?".
    • In 1997, the horror punk group The Misfits released a music video of them covering "Monster Mash" live. They also released a studio version as a single in 1999, and recorded a separate version for their 2003 album Project 1950.
    • The 1999 Freaks and Geeks episode "Tricks and Treats" has Jean Weir (Becky Ann Baker) perform the song at the dinner table, to her children's chagrin.
    • In the 2001 Walt Disney Records album Mickey's Monster Bash, Goofy sings the cover version of "Monster Mash".
    • A Kidz Bop cover version appeared on the 2004 album Kidz Bop Halloween & Kidz Bop Halloween Hits.
    • Mannheim Steamroller also covered the song for their 2006 album Halloween, Vol. 2: Creatures Collection.
    • The song has also been covered by Zombina and the Skeletones.
    • In 2008, The Smashing Pumpkins released a live recording of the song from Halloween of that year through Live Smashing Pumpkins.
    • In 2010, comedian and actor Nick Wiger appeared on Comedy Death Ray Radio's 77th episode in character as Leo Capizzi, the song's co-writer. He performed a fictitious 'unreleased' version of the song that was his original idea for the song, entitled "The Monster Fuck," which graphically depicts sex acts performed by the characters in the song. Wiger returned for two subsequent Halloween episodes - the 252nd and 319th, respectively - in character as Capizzi. During these episodes, he performed "The Monster Fuck, Part 2" and "The Monster Fuck, Part 3: Spooky Orgy," respectively. The songs are identical to "The Monster Fuck," save for alluding to being the second or third part of the song in the chorus.
    • In 2011 Shake It Up stars Kenton Duty, Adam Irigoyen and Davis Cleveland covered the song for the film Spooky Buddies.
    • Blair Packham wrote and performed "One Hit Wonder" in 2004, about the later years of Bobby Pickett's musical career and Pickett's relationship with his most-recognized song.
    • In 2012, the song was parodied by Zoidberg and his dummy "Little Hermes" for the Futurama episode "The Six Million Dollar Mon".
    • On Halloween 2012, as part of the Wrecking Ball Tour stop in Rochester, New York, the song was performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    • The song was featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for the critically acclaimed 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook covered by CrabCorps.
    • In 2014, the song was remixed by electronic/Trap musician Kennedy Jones.[citation needed]
    • British group Only the Young performed the song on Week 4 of The X Factor (UK TV series) as part of a mash up with Elton John's Crocodile Rock

Misfits version[edit]Edit

"Monster Mash"
[1]The cover features an image of Boris Karloff's character from Mad Monster Party.
Single by the Misfits
Released October 31, 1999
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Horror punk
Length 5:03
Label Misfits
Writer(s) Bobby Pickett, Leonard L. Capizzi
Producer(s) Misfits
Misfits singles chronology
"Monster Mash"


"Day the Earth Caught Fire"
Music sample
"Monster Mash" The 1997 recording was the first time Jerry Only had performed lead vocals for the Misfits
Music sample
"Monster Mash" Only called the 2003 recording from Project 1950 "the hardest hitting version of them all."

Horror punk band the Misfits recorded a cover version of "Monster Mash" in 1997 as part of a promotion surrounding a DVD release of the 1967 stop motion film Mad Monster Party. Their version was released as a single in 1999, and a new version was recorded for their 2003 album Project 1950.


The Misfits recorded their version of "Monster Mash" in 1997 in a recording studio in Newark, New Jersey.[9] Bassist Jerry Only later stated that "The 'Monster Mash' was a no-brainer for the Misfits to cover as a timeless Halloween release. The song was always a childhood favorite of mine."[9] The recording was the first time that Only had performed lead vocals for the band, while then-Misfits lead singer Michale Graves provided backing vocals.[9] On October 18, 1997 a live performance of the song was recorded and broadcast from the studio of the New Jersey-based cable television music show "Power Play", the same studio in which the song was recorded.[9]

The Misfits' version of "Monster Mash" was used in a cross-promotion campaign arranged by Deluxo and John Cafiero, who had directed the Misfits' music videos for "American Psycho" and "Dig Up Her Bones", to create awareness of a home video release of the 1967 Rankin/Bass stop motion film Mad Monster Party. Deluxo had recently acquired the rights to the film in hopes of restoring it, but could not find a quality print. They eventually found a quality 16 mm print and the Misfits hosted a special screening of the film at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, with the "American Psycho" music video as an opening featurette.[9] Notable attendees at the screening included members of the Misfits, Cafiero, Marky Ramone, Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy's Law, and executives from both Geffen Records and Roadrunner Records.[10] Deluxo restored Mad Monster Party from the 16 mm print and re-released it on VHS in limited numbers. A music video for the Misfits' live recording of "Monster Mash" was created interspersing clips from the film with footage from their "Power Play" performance, and was intended to be included as a bonus feature on a forthcoming DVD release.[9][10] However, due to complications over distribution rights, the DVD was not released and the VHS version was discontinued.[9] A DVD version of the film was eventually released in 2003 by Anchor Bay Entertainment, restored from a different 35 mm print.

As part of the promotional campaign, an image of Boris Karloff as he appears in Mad Monster Party was used under license from his daughter Sarah Karloff in artwork for a 7" vinyl single of the Misfits' version of "Monster Mash".[9] Percepto Records used the same image of Karloff for the cover of the film's soundtrack album which was released in September 1998. The Misfits single was intended to be released the following month, but was delayed due to lack of time to properly mix the studio recording.[9] Instead the artwork was used in connection with a free MP3 download of the band's live recording of "Monster Mash", available through their website as a "virtual single".[9][10] The image was used again as cover artwork when the finished single was released physically in October 1999 as the first release of the band's new label Misfits Records.[9][10]

The Misfits' studio recording of "Monster Mash" was included on their 2001 compilation album Cuts from the Crypt. At the insistence of the band's label Roadrunner Records, the live recording was omitted from the album and only the studio version was used.[9] The Misfits recorded a new version of the song, featuring Cafiero on backing vocals, for their 2003 album Project 1950. By this time the band had a new lineup consisting of Jerry Only (bass guitar and lead vocals), Dez Cadena (guitar and backing vocals), and Marky Ramone (drums). Only called this version of the song "probably the best version we've ever done. I'm really happy with it. We've recorded it several times in the past and this is the hardest hitting version of them all."[11] Ramone commented: "'Monster Mash' always reminded me of Boris Karloff. Our version's a lot faster than the original, which was a slower 4/4 beat. I always liked the way the drums seemed to come in out of nowhere after Igor walked across the room."[11] Cadena, meanwhile, remarked that "If I didn't know any better ['Monster Mash'] could have been written for the Misfits."[11]

Pressing information[edit]Edit

Two separate pressings of the Misfits single were released, both issued on 7" vinyl in 1999.[10] The first pressing had the studio version on both sides and consisted of 1,000 copies: 800 on green vinyl, 100 on red, and 100 on gold.[9][10] It was sold by the band while on tour and also by mail order through their "Fiend Club" fan club and official website.[10] 1,000 promotional CD copies of the studio version were also pressed and used for limited solicitation to radio stations.[9][10] A second pressing of the vinyl single had the studio version on side A and the live version on side B and consisted of 1,000 copies on glow-in-the-dark vinyl, available exclusively by mail order through the band's website.[9][10] The single sold out and is no longer in print.[9]


Monster Mash"
Single by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
from the album The Original Monster Mash
A-side "Monster Mash"
B-side "Monster Mash Party"
Released August 25, 1962[1]
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded May 1962
Genre Novelty, pop
Length 2:57
Label Garpax (US); Decca (UK)
Writer(s) Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi
Producer(s) Gary S. Paxton
Music sample
Monster Mash This sample demonstrates Pickett's Boris Karloff impression, which was the inspiration for the song, as well as the chorus

Monster Mash (also known as Monster Mash: The Movie and Frankenstein Sings) is a horror-themed musical film, based on the Bobby "Boris" Pickett song "Monster Mash" and the 1967 stage musical, I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night, also by Pickett and Sheldon Allman. The film starred Pickett himself as Dr. Frankenstein, was produced and distributed by Prism Pictures, and originally released to cinemas in 1995.

  • ====Directed by ====
Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow

Writing Credits  Edit

Joel Cohen ... (written by) &
Alec Sokolow ... (written by)
Sheldon Allman ... (musical play "I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night") &
Bobby Pickett ... (musical play "I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night")
Mary Shelley ... (characters) (uncredited)
Bram Stoker ... (character) (uncredited)

Cast (in credits order)Edit

[3] Ian Bohen ... Scott (Romeo)
[4] Candace Cameron Bure ... Mary (Juliet)
[5] Sarah Douglas ... Countess Natasha 'Nasty' Dracula
[6] John Kassir ... Igor
[7] Bobby Pickett ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
[8] Adam Shankman ... Wolfie
[9] Mink Stole ... Wolfie's Mother
[10] Jimmie Walker ... Hathaway (as Jimmy Walker)
[11] Anthony Crivello ... Count Vladimir Dracula
[12] Linda Cevallos ... Dancer #1
[13] Carrie Ann Inaba ... Dancer #2
[14] Daryl Richardson ... Dancer #3
[15] Deron McBee ... The Monster
[16] E. Aron Price ... Elvis

Create a character page for: Scott (Romeo)Mary (Juliet)IgorWolfieWolfie's MotherHathawayDancer #1Dancer #2Dancer #3Create »?====Produced by ====

Jeffrey L. Davidson ... line producer
Michael Kates ... producer
Nathaniel Kramer ... producer
Jack Scheider ... executive producer

Music by Edit

Bobby Pickett
Joe Troiano
Jeffrey Zahn ... (as Jeff Zahn)

Cinematography by Edit

Scott Andrew Ressler

Film Editing by Edit

Stephen Mirrione

Production Design by Edit

Bruce Finlayson

Costume Design by Edit

Bruce Finlayson

Makeup Department Edit

Greg Aronowitz ... special effects makeup designer
Silvina Knight ... makeup department head
Jeff Lewis ... special makeup effects artist

Art Department Edit

Mark Ortiz ... carpenter

Sound Department Edit

Darin Goldberg ... boom operator
Elliot Jacobson ... sound mixer

Costume and Wardrobe Department Edit

Pamela Waggoner ... set costumer

Other crew Edit

Marc Honma ... production assistant
Kent Matsuoka ... production assistant
Bill Robison ... production assistant
Monster Mash
Directed by Joel Cohen

Alec Sokolow

Produced by Michael Kates

Nathaniel Kramer

Written by Sheldon Allman
Bobby Pickett
Music by Bobby Pickett

Joe Troiano Jeffrey Zahn

Cinematography Scott Andrew Ressler
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Release dates **1995

Monster Mash is a 2000 direct-to-video animated feature based on the stories of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and Count Dracula.

The film was released with Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, and 4 Archie's Weird Mysteries episodes on the Monster Bash Fun Pack released on September 7, 2004.The film also includes a rendition of Bobby "Boris" Pickett' song Monster Mash that is played at the beginning and end of the film.

Monster Mash
Directed by Guido Manuli
Produced by Andy Heyward

Robby London

Written by Guido Manuli
Judy Rothman Rofé
Starring David Sobolov

Scott McNeil Ian James Corlett Janyse Jaud Tabitha St. Germain

Music by John Carnochan
Edited by Tom King
Ian Bartell
DIC Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release dates *August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29)
Running time 64 minutes
Country Italy
United States
Language English

Contact the Filmmakers on IMDbPro »

Directed by Edit

Guido Manuli

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)Edit

Guido Manuli
Judy Rothman Rofé

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verificationEdit

[18] Ian James Corlett ... (voice)
[19] Robert O. Smith ... (voice)
[20] Janyse Jaud ... Spike Tinklemeister / Mom Tinklemeister (voice)
[21] Jim Byrnes ... The Prosecutor (voice)
[22] Patricia Drake ... Stella Tinklemeister (voice)
[23] David Sobolov ... Frankenstein's Monster (voice)
[24] Scott McNeil ... The Wolfman (voice)
[25] French Tickner ... Dracula (voice)
[26] Philip Maurice Hayes ... Judge (voice) (as Phil Hayes)
[27] Tabitha St. Germain ... Chickie (voice)
[28] Dave 'Squatch' Ward ... Freddie DeSpagetti (voice) (as Dave Ward)
[29] Phil Trainer ... Yorick (singing)
[30] David Pavlovitch ... Monster Mash (end credits version)
[31] W. Harlan May ... Monster Mash (end credits version) (voice)
[32] Jason Michas ... Monster Mash (alternative angst version)

Create a character page for: Spike TinklemeisterMom TinklemeisterThe ProsecutorStella TinklemeisterJudgeFreddie DeSpagettiYorick (singing)Monster Mash (end credits version)Monster Mash (end credits version)Monster Mash (alternative angst version)Create »?====Produced by ====

Pam Arseneau ... associate producer
Alfio Bastiancich ... executive producer
Andy Heyward ... executive producer
Robby London ... executive producer
Michael Maliani ... executive producer
Soon Shin Park ... supervising producer: overseas

Casting By Edit

Marsha Goodman
Paul F. Quinn

Production Management Edit

Stacey Gallishaw ... executive in charge of production
Emily Wensel ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Edit

Kim Jung Kon ... overseas production director
Hong Woon Sub ... overseas production director
Kurt Weldon ... coordinating director

Art Department Edit

Cullen Blaine ... storyboard slugger
Marcos Borregales ... property designer
Mike Christian ... storyboard artist
Maurizio Forestieri ... storyboard artist
Stefano Gaudiano ... storyboard artist
Brent Gordon ... property designer
Scott Heming ... storyboard revisions
Rick Hoberg ... storyboard artist
Dan Kubat ... storyboard artist: song sequence
Art Mawhinney ... storyboard artist
Fred Miller ... storyboard slugger
Ed Nebres ... storyboard artist: song sequence
Bob Nesler ... storyboard slugger
David Pagani ... storyboard revisions
Vincenzo Trippetti ... storyboard revisions (as Vincenzo Tripetti)
Keith Tucker ... storyboard artist

Sound Department Edit

Greg Back ... sound effects editor / sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist (as Greg Barbanal)
Larry Ellis ... dialogue editor / sound re-recording mixer
Rita Kedineoglu ... audio consultant
Craig Ng ... foley artist
Joseph Zappala ... sound re-recording mixer (as Joseph W. Zappala) / supervising sound editor (as Joseph W. Zappala)

Special Effects by Edit

Duk Hyun Park ... effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department Edit

Ko Dong Hyun ... camera operator
Yung Duk Park ... camera operator
Lee Kwan Young ... camera operator

Animation Department Edit

Hong Me A ... inbetween artist
Noel Aragon ... color stylist
Frank Brunner ... background artist
John Cataldi ... timing director
Byoung Nam Choi ... key animator
Steven Choi ... character stylist
Fred Crippen ... timing director
Cesar de Castro ... background artist (as Ceasar DeCastro)
Shane Donahue ... character designer
Brent Gordon ... character designer
Choi Jae Hoon ... inbetween artist
Gilbert Hung ... background artist (as Gil Hung)
Eun-byoung Kim ... key animator
Hee-jung Kim ... inbetween artist
Wansoo Kim ... key animator (as Kim Wan Su)
Kwan Sang Kuk ... inbetween artist
Jang Duk Kyou ... key animator
Tec Manalac ... background artist
Hector Martinez ... background color stylist
Kim Yoo Me ... inbetween artist
June Micu ... background color stylist
Jeffrey Peterson ... lip assignments (as Jeff Peterson)
Kunio Shimamura ... timing director (as Kunio Shimura)
Jang Me Sook ... inbetween artist
Byon Hong Sun ... inbetween artist
Kim Min Sun ... inbetween artist
Dan Thompson ... timing director
Richard Trueblood ... timing director (as Rich Trueblood)
Kim Do Yoo ... key animator
Sung Won Yung ... key animator
Richard Ziehler-Martin ... background color stylist (as Ruchard Ziehler Martin)

Editorial Department Edit

Thierry P. Laurin ... executive in charge of post-production
Miriam L. Preissel ... picture editor

Music Department Edit

Leonard L. Capizzi ... composer: song "Monster Mash"
Deborah Clark ... music coordinator (as Deborah Illner Clark)
Larry Ellis ... music editor
Karen Guthery ... composer: song "The Heebe Jeebe"
Sandy Howell ... composer: song "When We Were Bad"
Drew Jessel ... music researcher
Geoff Levin ... composer: song "When We Were Bad"
Matt McGuire ... music arranger: country arrangements, "Monster Mash" end credit music
Bob Nesler ... timing director: song sequence
David Pavlovitch ... music arranger: funk groove arrangements, "Monster Mash" end credit music
Bobby Pickett ... composer: song "Monster Mash"
Karyn M. Ulman ... music supervisor (as Karyn Ulman)

Other crew Edit

Cary Biren ... production coordinator
Byoung Nam Choi ... layout director
Baek Eun Hee ... final checking artist
Ko Seung Hee ... final checking artist
Park Kyong Ho ... background paint (as Park Kyoung Ho)
Mary Holm ... researcher
Jae-sook Hwang ... final checking artist (as Hwang Jae Sook)
Eun-byoung Kim ... layout director
Kyoung Hee Kim ... final checking artist
Lynn McLaughlin ... assistant to executive producer
Christine Miller ... assistant to executive producer
Emily Montaniel ... production assistant
Hilary Nicol ... talent coordinator
Kim Jae Ogk ... overseas production staff / translator
Young Hee Park ... final checking artist
Paul F. Quinn ... voice director
Choi Do Ree ... final checking artist
Jung Hyun Seok ... overseas production staff
Jung R. Son ... translator (as Jung Son)
Kim In Sook ... overseas production staff
Jung Hae Soon ... background paint
Ham Won Suk ... background paint
Victor Togliani ... background stylist
Pam Vincent ... assistant to executive producer
Kathy Wong ... production controller
Sung Won Yung ... layout director

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.