The Monster Squad
The Monster Squad is a 1987 action, adventure, comedy, horror, suspense, thriller, horror-comedy, black-comedy, live action movie. It was directed by Fred Dekker, written by Fred Dekker and Shane Black, filmed by Mradford May, musically composed by Bruce Broughton, edited by James Mitchell, distributed by TriStar Pictures, produced by Jonathan A. Zimbert, Keith Barish Productions, and Taft Entertainment Pictures, and it starred Andre Gower, Duncan Regehr, Stan Shaw, Stephen Macht, and Tom Noonan.
Why It Rocks
- It's an amazing spoof of the classic universal horror monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
- Amazing acting.
- One of the few horror movies to have children as the leads and the heroes.
- Excellent cinematography.
- All of the monsters in this movie were immediately recognizable, but they still had a fresh makover, were in color, and in a contemporary setting.
- Great soundtrack.
- Despite being primarily for kids, there's enough mature humor and themes in the movie to get adults interested as well.
- Awesome special effects.
- The scenery and atmosphere was appropriately spooky and well developed.
- Tones of memorable lines.
- The movie is even able to expand on some of the classic monster lore. For example, with The Wolf Man, it's always believed that he can only be killed by a silver bullet. However, this movie answers a question that many people have had, which is what would happen if he's blown up or something. He just puts himself back together.
The Monster Squad has a 56% critic rating and a 78% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5/5 on Letterboxd, and a 7.8/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).