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The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 14 August 1987 (USA)
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his 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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Call them for a monster-ous good time. See more »


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Monster Busters  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,769,990 (USA)
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According to Director Fred Dekker, Shane Black's first draft of the screenplay was so huge that the opening of the film featured Van Helsing accompanied by zeppelins and hundreds of men on horseback storming Dracula's castle. Dekker stated that this sequence would have cost more than the final budget of the film. See more »

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When Dracula first looks at the crate housing Frankenstein's monster on the plane, the print on the crate reads FRANKENSTEIN BAVARIA. But when the Gillman brings up the crate from the bottom of the swamp, it now reads BAVARIA FRANKENSTEIN. See more »

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Rudy: Where the hell am I supposed to find silver bullets? K-Mart?
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References Gojira (1954) See more »

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Rock Until You Drop
Performed by Michael Sembello
Written by Michael Sembello, Dick Rudolph, and Danny Sembello
Produced by Michael Sembello
Published by Gravity Raincoat, Dickiebird Music & Publishing, Unicity Music, Inc., and No Pain No Gain Music
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Fred Dekkar's Other Cult Classic
16 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Prospective Monster Squad viewers may recognize the name Fred Dekkar, the director of another 80s cult classic, a zombie horror called Night of the Creeps. Monster Squad follows in that tradition as the horror-comedy about a gang of young kids who save their town from Dracula and his goons. In my opinion, Monster Squad is a much more enjoyable movie than Night of the Creeps.

The Monster Squad refers to a tree house club of five kids who are self-proclaimed horror fanatics. Little did they know that their enthusiasm in the genre would suddenly come in handy as their town in suddenly invaded by Dracula and a few other memorable horror villains in their classic form. Drac is terrorizing the town, trying to locate a powerful amulet which has the potential for serious disaster. When no one else believes the kids, or when no one else is powerful enough to stop them using traditional crime fighting methods (arresting the Wolfman didn't seem to work out), the Monster Squad (with the help of Scary German Guy and Frankenstein) takes things upon themselves to save the day.

This movie was great because, although the monsters may appear somewhat corny (not forgetting that it is technically a family horror film), it still has a heap of great qualities. The kids are actually all pretty cool (especially Rudy, even though his wears his pants so tight, you can see what side he tucks on). Great music, great cast (Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Ryan Lambert, Stephen Macht, and Jon Gries), and great fun!

Fans of obscure 80s movies are sure to add to the cult following. You won't be disappointed. It is loads of fun. Bona Fortuna!


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