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The Monster Squad (1987)

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A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his army of monsters.

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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. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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You know who to call when you have ghosts but who do you call when you have monsters? See more »


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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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A szörnycsapat  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,769,990 (USA)
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According to the director Fred Dekker the film was cut by 13 minutes because some executives didn't want it to run more than 90 minutes. See more »

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When Phoebe is pleading, "Don't go Frankenstein, don't go away!" as he is being sucked into the vortex, in one long shot her mouth is clearly not moving. See more »

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Phoebe: [outside the tree house, wanting to join the club] Mom says you have to let me in or else it's prescription!
Sean: That's 'discrimination' jerkoid! Prescription is drugs, which you're on if you think you're getting in here!
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The Monster Squad
Performed by The Monster Squad
Written and Produced by Dick Rudolph and Michael Sembello
Published by Dickiebird Music & Publishing, TECO/Barish Music, Gravity Raincoat, and Taft/Barish Music
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Why the dismal ratings?
6 July 2001 | by (SoCal) – See all my reviews

Give this movie a chance.

Imagine "The Goonies" without the budget but with all the heart. The Monster Squad is a pack of grade-schoolers with an ear to the rail on the evil doings of monsters. No, they haven't seen any monsters-- but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

You guessed right. Turns out there are monsters running around all over the place, and they are fixing to put the mortal screws to Portland, Oregon. Lucky for us there are a few heros, mostly fifth or sixth graders and a beagle pup, who will act instead of sitting around worrying about their marriages like some stupid adults we know.

The Monster Squad is one of these rare movies that treats kids, the problems they face, and their unique solutions to the same with grace, wit -- and solid respect. This superbly sweet and memorable movie deserves more than the 5.5 it got here at IMDB.

Great scene: Leonardo Cimino plays the film's Boo Radley, the strange recluse whom all the kids fear without knowing why. When Sean, the leader of the Monster Squad, is given a book that can illuminate why the monsters are reappearing, he has no choice but to seek the man's help. The book, it turns out, is in German. Not only does the scary man speak the language, and kindly help them get through the important passages in the book; it also happens that he knows what monsters are.

You might need to explain to your kids what the numbers tattooed on the scary mans forearm are.


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