Greta Gerwig’s Barbie may have been all the rage this summer, but it is not the Mattel megahit that is currently climbing the Netflix top ten charts.
Monster High: The Movie is scaling the Netflix charts worldwide, currently holding the sixth spot in the global top ten films list and ninth spot on the UK’s top ten films list. It’s also in the top ten lists in almost 20 countries across three continents, from Brazil to Sweden to South Africa.
Directed by Todd Holland, Monster High: The Movie offers a bewitching blend of live-action, music, and fantasy. Written by the talented trio of Jenny Jaffe, Greg Erb, and Jason Oremland, this Mattel-produced flick features Miia Harris, Ceci Balagot, and Nayah Damasen.
Based on Mattel’s beloved Monster High fashion doll franchise, the film emerged as part of a broader Monster High brand relaunch, alongside an animated series, bringing these iconic characters back to life.
What is Monster High: The Movie about?
The plot of Monster High: The Movie revolves around Clawdeen Wolf, a half-werewolf girl born to a human father and a werewolf mother. Her life takes an intriguing turn when she receives an acceptance letter to attend Monster High on her 15th birthday, a school exclusively for monsters. However, her human side poses a problem, as humans are not officially allowed.
Upon her arrival at Monster High, Clawdeen befriends a unique group of fellow students, including Frankie Stein, Deuce Gorgon, Draculaura, Cleo de Nile, Lagoona Blue, and Ghoulia Yelps. As she unearths the secrets hidden within the school, she becomes entangled in a devious plot.
The film’s blend of monsters, mysteries, and teen drama has made it a popular choice for viewers of all ages, especially since it was Halloween this week. Monster movies tend to have that broad appeal. Halloween and children’s movies have a perennial appeal, the Netflix numbers are always proof of that, and Monster High: The Movie capitalises on this demand. But if you thought making movies that cater exclusively to a younger audience is a cakewalk, then think again.
Ceci Balagot, who plays Frankie Stein in the film, told Mama’s Geeky, “We would wake up at 6am and then get out and get warmed up. And then learn all the dances for a whole week, pretty much from sunrise to sunset.”
You can watch the trailer of Monster High: The Movie here: