Thursday, September 22, 2022

Paramount+ Debuts 'Monster High: The Movie' Music Video 'Coming Out Of The Dark' During TCA Panel


MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE Premieres Thursday, Oct. 6, on Paramount+ and That Same Day at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon

Paramount+ today revealed the all-new music video, "Coming Out of the Dark" from the upcoming film MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE during Paramount+'s Virtual Television Critics Association Presentation. The video features Clawdeen Wolf arriving at Monster High, alongside all of the other students.

MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE follows Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris, "Just Beyond"), who was born half human and half werewolf, after she arrives at her new school, Monster High. She quickly makes friends with her classmates Frankie Stein (Ceci Balagot, "Dispatches from Elsewhere") and Draculaura (Nayah Damasen, "Grey's Anatomy"), and for the first time in her life, Clawdeen feels like she has finally found a place where she fits in and can truly be herself, despite keeping her human half a secret. When a devious plan to destroy Monster High threatens to reveal her real identity, Clawdeen must learn to embrace her true monster heart and find a way to save the day.

MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE also stars Case Walker ("The Other Two") as Deuce Gorgon; Kyle Selig ("Mean Girls" on Broadway) as Mr. Komos; Marci T. House ("Day of the Dead") as Headmistress Bloodgood; Scotch Ellis Loring ("Firehouse Dog") as Clawdeen's dad, Apollo; Steve Valentine (Mom) as Draculaura's dad, Dracula; Jy Prishkulnik ("Just Beyond") as Cleo de Nile; Lina Lecompte ("Death Pursuit") as Lagoona; Justin Derickson ("When the Streetlights Go On") as Heath Burns; Lilah Fitzgerald ("Honey Girls") as Ghoulia; and Nasiv Sall ("Descendants 2") as Abbey Bominable. Additional fan-favorite characters from the Monster High universe will also be seen throughout the movie. The franchise seeks to foster a more accepting world where everyone is proud to be their authentic self, which is more relevant than ever. Today, Monster High is back with a reimagined set of fangtastic characters, inspired by the original ghouls, for a new generation that embraces what makes them unique and rallies people everywhere to express themselves.

MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE is directed and executive produced by Todd Holland ("The Real O'Neals," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Firehouse Dog"). The story is by Jenny Jaffe ("Big Hero 6: The Series," "Rugrats"), Greg Erb, and Jason Oremland ("Princess and the Frog," "Playmobil: The Movie"), and the teleplay is by Jaffe and Billy & Matt Eddy ("Zapped," "Teen Beach Movie"). Adam Bonnett ("Descendants" franchise, "Masters of the Universe: Revelation") serves as executive producer. Frederic Soulie, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, Vice President of Live Action Development, oversee the movie for Mattel and serve as executive producers. Production on MONSTER HIGH THE MOVIE for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action, along with executives Lee Rosenthal, Linda Halder and Jules Kovisars.


Monster High: The Movie highlights from Paramount Plus' TCA 2022 panel:

The panel featured director Todd Holland, EPs Adam Bonnett & Phil Breman, along with Miia Harris, 
Ceci Balagot, Nayah Damasen, and Case Walker.

“Nothing is more urgent to me than building an inclusive world for our kids. The theme of our movie is simple, ‘You have to face your fears to live honestly.’” - @ToddHolland3

"I remember the impact MH had on me to be able to identify with such a cool character on screen, which hasn’t always been so common as a person of color, and the impact it had on me―creating that safe space for kids everywhere is what drove me to this project.” -Miia Harris

“I was such a really really weird kid, and I liked things that were on the spookier side. Monster High of course is my entire life. I love things that are spooky and creepy. And the fact that it’s a movie musical!” - @CeciBalagot on what drew her to Monster High

"I grew up watching all the movie musicals...if you were to ask me at nine years old what is my dream job, it would be to be a part of a movie musical!” - @NayahDamasen

“I’ve been a human about 17 years of my life, but getting to play a monster is very different…these monsters go through a very human experiences. Draculaura is trying to find her place in the monster world.” - @NayahDamasen

“The message is the same — All Monsters are welcome. Be unique, be yourself, all are invited.” -

“With that group of alumni we hope they come along for the ride, we love them more than ever, but we’re excited to introduce Monsters High to a whole new group of kids.” - @ToddHolland3

“It’s always been a sneaky little dream of mine to include music in there somewhere - so to be able to include two things I love, I feel so lucky to be able to do that - it’s a dream come true. I’m a very happy monster.” -Miia Harris

“We got so lucky with this cast, they’re triple threats - the four people you see in front of you can sing, dance, and act.” - Adam Bonnett (EP)

“You just have to go and make it happen through your wig and through your contacts and make sure your character comes through… We were all in it together too, which was the best part.” -
@Case_Walker_ on the hardest part about filming #MonsterHighMovie

“If you see the production design of this movie, it’s not cartoony. There’s a realism where you actually believe you’re at Monster High.” - Adam Bonnett (EP)

“At the core of Monster High, it’s about friendship.” -Phil Breman (EP)

“I love Halloween and everything spooky and scary. On set, seeing everyone on set dressed up in monster gear - It was Halloween every single day, and that was really, really cool.” -Miia Harris

“What I’m really looking forward to is seeing all of the Monster High costumes, as the movie comes out and Halloween comes around.” - @Case_Walker_

"Coming Out Of The Dark" is a fun, inclusive one, and captures the essence of what initially drew Holland to the project: "As a gay dad married to a black man with mixed race biological triplets, inclusion is not just a passion for me — it's my world," he said during the panel. "Nothing is more urgent to me than building a better more accepting world for our kids. So Nickelodeon and Mattel asked me to join them in crafting a spooky fun, emotionally grounded and uniquely inclusive world based on Monster High, I had no idea I was beginning probably the hardest job of my long career but also beginning the most joyful creative adventure I think I've ever had. And it's a musical."

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Originally published: September 22, 2022.

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