Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Monster Squad (1987)

Director: Fred Dekker

Writers: Shane Black, Fred Dekker

Composer: Bruce Broughton

Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, Michael Faustino, Mary Ellen Trainor, Leonardo Cimino, Jon Gries, Stan Shaw, Lisa Fuller, Jason Hervey, Adam Carl, Carl Thibault, Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael Reid MacKay, Jack Gwillim

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The End of the World Starts at Midnight

Plot: Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Cute horror comedy for kids that adults can dig, too.  Written by the great Shane Black and Fred "NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986)" Dekker (who also directed) this came out when I was just out of high school which is why I missed it at the theater and I guess, because of the kids aspect, it's why I haven't bothered with it since.  But I picked it up on the super cheap and I'm a huge fan of CREEPS.  It's fun and it's from a time when you could have kids swearing while kicking monster ass and how about Dracula calling that adorable little girl a bitch?  Classic.  And the Wolfman's got nards! There are some fun kills and it feels like everyone had a great time making it.  The werewolf looks great.  I really dig the classic but updated look. Good score by Bruce Broughton.  Dekker is a talented film maker and it's a shame he hasn't done anything (writing or directing) since 1993.  There is some good news, though.  He and Shane Black are writing the next Predator film (Black, directing).  That sounds like fun.  The Lionsgate 20th anniversary 2-disc DVD set is LOADED with extras that should more than satisfy fans of the film.

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