The Monster Squad
You know who to call when you have ghosts but who do you call when you have monsters?
Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
Long time since I have seen this one. But it started coming back to me, and then all I could think was, "Wolfman's got nards!" Then I remembered how we used to run around saying, "Bye Bye, Phoebeeeeee!" when we were kids.
The Monster Squad is an almost perfect mashup of The Goonies and the classic Universal Monsters (even the Creature from the Black Lagoon gets a bit part). I say "almost perfect" because it doesn't quite have that earlier film's charm. But I blame the kid actors. Almost everyone in The Goonies went on to some kind of career, while I didn't recognize a single kid's name here. Fat Kid is good,…
A world where this is not a WORLDWIDE MOVIE PHENOMENON is not a world in which I would choose to live :(
Dammit, I still get choked up when Frank says goodbye at the end.
As a kid I preferred this to the Goonies. As an adult I do too. I think it's the only movie to feature all of the classic monsters together and thankfully all of them are done justice, particularly Tom Noonan's creature and Duncan Regehr's Dracula. Director of the equally underrated Night of the Creeps, Fred Dekker doesn't skimp on the violence or scares provided by Stan Winston's genius special effects and the typically witty Shane Black script was ahead of its time in giving characters awareness of horror conventions-almost a decade before Wes Craven's Scream.
If this passed you by (as it has too many people) then it might be time to dig it up, if only to find the answer to the eternal question "Why does the Wolfman wear pants?"
...Quite obvious really
Another title that was heavy in HBO's rotation circa 1988. A childhood favorite that holds up, and not just for nostalgic reasons. The young, horror-loving characters are believable and easy to like, and director Fred Dekker's affection for the movie's murderer's row of iconic horror characters is obvious. One of many movies of its time to attempt to tell a fantastic story with a Spielbergian tone, The Monster Squad is one of the most successful at balancing fear and wonder, while still maintaining an offbeat tone. I love that Frankenstein's monster plays the E.T. role - befriending the kids, learning how to speak English - and that the monster is played by the great Tom Noonan.
I'll never understand why this isn't as famous as The Goonies.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Held up way better for me than I'd expected!
"Wolfman's got nards!"
I will be damned if this isn't the most delightful movie in existence. It's like the Goonies if the Goonies had all the classic monsters. I love the Goonies! I love those monsters! I love Monster Squad, so, so much. Its silly, clever, geeky and oozes charm at every opportunity.
A film to raise kids on.
Still love this movie. I was totally surprised to find out that my wife had never even heard of it. She quite enjoyed it as well. For being a movie targeted at kids, it actually has quite good portrayals of the monsters. Especially love the movies take on Frankenstein's monster.
great idea but just a bit cheapo. Like a poor version of the Goonies. Just imagine this had been made a spielberg at that time and this could have been brilliant.
If I would have watched this as a kid, I would have loved it. A darker Goonies, but not as engaging.
I loved this film when I was a kid, as an adult I am clearly no longer it's target audience.
It's a kid's wish fulfilment fantasy about being a badass monster hunter, has a few jokes to keep the adolescents amused and isn't overly painful for the adults to watch (except for having to deal with the early 90s slang, why did we ever think it was ok to talk like that?).
Oh, and the song over the end credits is one of those awful early 90s rap songs about the movie that makes Will Smith's Wild Wild West rap seem like a work of artistic genius.
I'd say it succeeds completely as a kids movie (hence my generous rating) but isn't worth revisiting for nostalgia's sake unless you have kids in your own family you'd like to share it with.
I rented this again and again was I was a kid. Could seriously not get enough. I still love it, though at 75 minutes its not quite as epic a story as I remember. Shane Black is the man though. Full of great lines.
I'm not sure how I went 20 years without seeing this one. I only thought to watch it now because I just found out it was (co-)written by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Last Boyscout, Lethal Weapon). It seems like just the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid. As it is, though, seeing it for the first time at this age, it's a fun kid flick, but nothing more. There's some bad acting - some REALLY bad acting, but who cares in something like this, right? It's just cheesy, mindless, (very) 80's fun. Unfortunately, it's not even very good by 80's cheese standards... and it loses some additional points for shamelessly imitating Goonies and also E.T. in several scenes.