Friday, February 17, 2012

The Monster Squad (1987)

When Dracula returns from the dead to assemble an evil army of monsters, it will be up to a group of courageous young kids to save the world in THE MONSTER SQUAD! Following his cult zombie hit NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, director Fred Dekker sets off to create one of the most beloved children's Horror films of all-time, combining all of his own childhood favorites into a single film: Dracula, The Wolfman, The Gill-man, The Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, and other ghoulish creatures. With the help of Stan Winston and other talented makeup artists, THE MONSTER SQUAD features incredible redesigns for each of the classic monsters, making them scary without driving away his intended audience. Tom Noonan is playfully naive in his role as the Frankenstein Monster, while Duncan Regehr stands out amongst the monsters with his flamboyantly over-the-top but menacing performance as the sinister Count. The Squad, itself, is perfectly assembled as well, with a range of talented youngsters that remind us of Sean Astin and the gang from THE GOONIES. They bring to life much of the innocent humor, including memorable lines like "Wolfman's got nards!" THE MONSTER SQUAD is fun for all ages, a timeless cult-classic when it comes to monster movies.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE MONSTER SQUAD:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, SPOOKIES, THE GATE, VAN HELSING, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, FRIGHT NIGHT, THE GOONIES.

6 comments:

  1. I loved this film as a kid.

    As an adult...I loved it still. Had you go going for a second, huh?

    By the way, the Blu-Ray looks amazing! Get it if you're going to watch the movie.

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  2. This one is easy to fall in love with. So cute and so fun, no matter what your age!

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  3. Even the DVD has impressive resolution and sound, well deserved after such a long wait! I only wish I had seen this as a kid, but only discovered it on DVD.. Sad. What a wasted childhood lol..

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  4. i enjoyed this film, it was a fun ride... you are never too old to know that the wolfman has nards.

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  5. Just for the record: this film has the same rating as 'Psycho IV.' That's playing fast and loose with match.

    Sorry if it seems like I'm 'combative' or something, but I'm just shocked by those reviews.

    P.S. This is worse than 'Psycho II?' Really?!?

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  6. Two entirely different film genres, any comparisons by rating would be incidental. I think you dwell on the numeric ratings far too much here, as I have always said it is the reviews that count, find fault there.

    But yes, in terms of acting, filming, and overall cleverness of the plot, Psycho 2 is the superior film. Monster Squad is a great movie, tons of fun, plenty of homage to monster cinema, but that doesn't make it high art (not arguing that case for Psycho 2). If we are rating Monster Squad based on entertainment value, it is an immediate 10, no questions asked.

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