The Monster Squad

Release Date: 8/14/87 – Rated PG-13

Starring: Tom Noonan (The Last Action Hero)

Plot Summary:  As Dracula’s castle is under attack by Van Helsing and his goon squad, they accidentally open a portal to another dimension and get sucked in.  As the opening crawl will tell you, this is a giant fail on their part.  We skip 100 years into the future to a quite town and a group of kids that have their own monster club and a bitchin’ tree house.  Little do they know that Dracula is in town, and he’s brought some friends with him (Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Creature From the Black Lagoon) to help find and destroy a magic amulet that will allow evil to reign supreme.  Just as the club inducts it newest member, bad boy Rudy, Frankenstein shows up to get back Van Helsing’s diary that one of the boy’s mothers just got him at a yard sale.  But it’s cool, Frank isn’t going to hurt them and becomes a member of their club after learning some totally awesome 80’s slang.  The group learns that they have a little over 24 hours to stop Dracula and his monster posse from destroying the amulet and taking over the world.  So with some help from a scary German guy, a not so innocent virgin, a dog named Pete, and a kick to the nards the newly re-named Monster Squad is off to save the day.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I’ve watched this movie probably a dozen times, and it’s still funny each and every time.  Before writing this I hadn’t seen it since it in probably eight years, and it was actually better than I remembered; I didn’t think it would have held up as well as it does.  In fact there were some things I didn’t notice before: Scary German Guy was in a Nazi concentration camp ( referenced in the tatoo in the close-up when he talked about knowing about real monsters), there is a dynamite explosion every 17 minutes, and that Dracula’s castle is full of armadillos, not sure why, but it happens I guess. The story is great, the monsters are pretty good for a low-budget film and the little kids are awesome in it. 

Tim’s Thoughts:I really love this movie. I loved it as a kid, and just having rewatched it, I still love it. Foul mouthed kids always make me laugh, add in some classic monsters and Uncle Rico…..perfection. Yeah some parts are dated, and some of the effects are bad, but you will be having so much fun that you won’t even notice. And you Napoleon Dynamite fans, Uncle Rico is the human version of the Wolfman, who has nards.

Final Thoughts:  Always a great stand-by, and an under-rated movie with tons of funny one-liners.  It’s just a fun, fun movie.  It’s a lot like The Goonies, but with classic 1940’s Universal monsters and a 5-year-old who says “chicken shit”.

Alex Rates This Movie 9/10

Tim Rates This Movie 9/10

“Creature stole my twinkie!”

View the IMDB entry for this movie here or add it to your Netflix queue

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