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The Monster Squad (1987)

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A group of adolescent monster movie enthusiasts form a club that meets in a treehouse in this pre-teen horror feature. When Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Wolfman are joined by Gill-Man in the search for a magic amulet, the boys form the Monster Squad to battle the forces of evil. The boys get unexpected help from Frankenstein when the monster grows tired of being continually bossed around by Dracula. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Horror, Comedy

Shane Black, Fred Dekker

Jul 24, 2007

Vestron Video

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (8) | DVD (14)

Dekker plays around imaginatively with the genre while delivering several nice touches.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A silly attempt to crossbreed an Our Gang comedy with a classic horror film, which usually means that both genres have reached the end of the line.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie plays like it was written with a power tool.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Goofy monster mash with a touch of negative 'tude.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Neither scary nor particularly funny.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

classic 80s

May 19, 2008

For a movie so aesthetically on the ball, it's a shame the screenplay is not the least bit industrious.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It can be a bit scary for the youngest of viewers, but it's a fun ride nonetheless, for new and old fans alike.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

I'm sure all the Monster Squad enthusiasts will be absolutely thrilled with the package Lionsgate has put together here.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comment (1)
FEARnet

...hasn't aged all that well in the years since its 1987 release...

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A silly, half-baked amalgam of The Goonies and Ghostbusters.

August 2, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

Remains a true horror classic for nearly twenty years because it reaches down deep in to horror fans desires...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

unbridled fun for every kid who ever daydreamed about kicking monster ass.

June 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Monster Squad

Bunch of savvy kids that have their own secret club, a neat treehouse base and end up on a spooky adventure trying to stop supernatural forces...you could say this has a 'Goonie' influence. Hell the young boys even have a fat kid amongst their ranks and he wears loud brightly coloured shirts too.

The plot is hammy as hell but it is suppose to be a homage and twist on the classic B-movie horror genre and of course Universal horror monsters. Putting all the big name supernatural beings together and sticking them in the 80's (present day back then). All the classic monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Gill-man, the Wolf Man and The Mummy teaming up to try and take over the world with a supernatural amulet, only the kids can stop them. The only way they can be stopped is to open a portal into limbo and kick them through...this whole idea visually looks identical to the portal sequences in the 'Evil Dead' franchise.

So the whole thing is really cheesy and silly as it is suppose to be a kids flick, but it is??. There is actually some quite edgy scenes in the film with visible blood and body parts! when Wolf Man gets blown into pieces for example, nothing much hidden. Some scenes are also a bit scary for the younger viewer in my opinion. Again Wolf Man attacking people and transforming in classic 'American Werewolf' style, stakes through various hearts with blood, Dracula trying to actually kill the kids and the makeup doesn't skimp with realism.

The monsters all look as they should in classic style but they certainly aren't tame by any means. Wolf Man has a much wilder vicious look which is pretty scary, Gill-man is the best if you ask me, he looks terrific, whilst Frankie is as expected as is The Mummy. Its only Dracula who doesn't really thrill, the casting seems a bit off to me, the guy in the role just doesn't look right, he's too young and 'modern' looking if you get me. There are also Dracula's vampiresses who look as you would expect but they have no purpose in the film, kinda under used idea really, clearly crammed in.

Naturally there are plot issues a plenty which don't really matter but they do stick out. Why exactly does Dracula have Frankie in the first place?. Where did Dracula get that big black slick custom hearse?? he's only been in the US about one day! and how did he get a hold of that big mansion? is it his??. The most obvious to me was why exactly Gill-man, The Wolf Man and The Mummy all joined Dracula in the first place, they all just appeared and teamed up. So before hand what exactly did Gill-man do? he just like...lived in the swamp? how did he and The Mummy know Dracula had arrived in the region? I'm guessing it was his supernatural powers. None of the monsters have any real backstory, it all just happens.

The silliest of all was in the finale when Van Helsing appears from the portal to drag Dracula through it. But if Helsing was in limbo how did he get out to do that? and wouldn't he wanna try and stay in the real world once getting out?! I'm pretty sure it wasn't easy.

Its certainly a strange beast this film, its hardly for kids with the blood, monsters and Dracula going around snapping cops necks, yet it is aimed at kids with the young 'Goonie-esque' line up. The young cast are good but the whole time you can't help but think they really wanted Corey Feldman, Haim and Astin in the main roles. Pretty much cast everyone from 'The Goonies' in this and while you're at it call it Goonies 2. End of the day the film was just an excuse to bring back all the classic B-movie monsters and have them looking top dollar with modern makeup (for the time of course). And it works plain and simple, the plot is daft with many holes but it doesn't really matter, its a flick for ghoulish monster lovers with a touch of Indy adventure for good measure.
January 14, 2014
phubbs1

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Fred Dekker who previously directed Night of the Creeps delivers yet another slap of original horror with The Monster Squad. Dekker crafts a fun, and entertaining picture that will surly delight the most demanding genre fan. Although not on par with Dekker's previous work, this is still an enjoyable film that has a great cast and a fun story that is entertaining from start to finish. Some people have said this was a horror comedy version of The Goonies, but I think it's quite different. The Monster Squad has its flaws, but it works well enough to keep you interested. The cast do a good job with the material, and they keep it engaging and fun despite occasionally being imperfect. This is a pretty good idea for a horror comedy, and it is among the best of the genre. Fred Dekker crafts a worthy follow up that is funny and bizarre, but constantly riveting despite its imperfections. The monsters are wicked, the effects are well done, and the characters are likeable. If you love these types of films, then you'll surely enjoy it. The story itself is what keeps you involved in the film, and the result is a fun movie that will certainly delight genre fans. I don't see why this one got so much flack as it is an original gem of a horror comedy that has plenty of memorable moments for its short run time. Sure there co0uld have been changes in a few areas, but overall this is a worthwhile film that demands to be seen if you enjoy horror comedies. Fred Dekker has made a fun and whimsical picture that delivers unique thrills. Sadly, this would be his last great movie as he would go on to helm the third part in the Robocop trilogy, which is horrible film, and Dekker would never stand behind a camera again. Who knows how many other horror gems he could have made.
April 27, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Silly-fun kiddie adventure that I don't remember much of. The little girl reciting German at the end was impressive.
November 29, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

What a shit movie. The kids were annoying, none of the monsters really shined, all of them had very short, unfulfilled cameos, it was never specified in the film that the "virgin" had to be a female, and... what the hell was Dracula's master plan anyway?
October 16, 2012
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Johnny D.

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    1. Army General: Can somebody tell me what in the Sam hill is going on here?!
    2. Sean: Well, we can sir.
    3. Army General: Who are you?
    4. Sean: We're the Monster Squad!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Sean: Kick him in the nards! Kick him in the nards!
    2. Horace: He doesn't have nards!
    3. Sean: Do it, do it!
    4. Horace: (after kicking) Wolfman's got nards!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Del Sean's Father: I'm glad you're gettin' major laughs outta this, Rich. The problem is two-thousand year old dead guys do not get up and walk away by themselves.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Wolfman: (fires two shots in the air) Lock me up!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Count Dracula: (holding Phoebe up by her throat) Give me the amulet, you BITCH!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Phoebe Sean's Sister: (outside the tree house, wanting to join the club) Mom says you have to let me in or else it's prescription!
    2. Sean: That's 'discrimination' jerkoid! Prescription is drugs, which you're on if you think you're getting in here!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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