Total Recall: The Best of Stan Winston
We take a look back at the celebrated career of Hollywood's beloved creature artist.
| The Monster Squad (1987, 53 percent)|
In addition to his proclivity for blood and guts, Winston made a few forays into kid-friendly territory, creating effects for Mouse Hunt and directing the Anthony Michael Hall-toplined The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm. In the cult fave The Monster Squad, Winston introduced some classic cinematic creeps to a new generation. The plot involves a group of pre-teen outcasts who revel in monster movies -- and become the world's only hope when some of their supposed favorites (including Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolf Man) start wrecking havoc. Praising Winston's work, Filmcritic.com's Keith Breese wrote, "The Monster Squad combines goofy humor with real scares and genuine mystery."
Predator (1987, 78 percent)
"The special effects have dated quite well, and the action scenes -- shot by relative newcomer John McTiernan -- work well, despite a few clunky spots," wrote Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid.