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The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 14 August 1987 (USA)
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A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

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Fred Dekker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andre Gower ... Sean (as André Gower)
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Patrick
Stephen Macht ... Del - Sean's Dad
Duncan Regehr ... Count Dracula
Tom Noonan ... Frankenstein's Monster
Brent Chalem Brent Chalem ... Horace
Ryan Lambert ... Rudy
Ashley Bank ... Phoebe
Michael Faustino Michael Faustino ... Eugene
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Emily
Leonardo Cimino ... Scary German Guy
Jon Gries ... Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
Stan Shaw ... Detective Sapir
Lisa Fuller Lisa Fuller ... Patrick's Sister
Jason Hervey ... E.J.
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Storyline

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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Every 100 years, the forces of darkness arise to challenge the forces of light for control of all mankind. This is the year. Tonight is the night...But this time, Dracula has bitten off more than he can chew. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster Squad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,678, 16 August 1987

Gross USA:

$3,769,990

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,769,990
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is said to be blatant rip-off of the more well known kid horror-adventure film, The Goonies (1985). Eventually, the film gained cult status and popularity. See more »

Goofs

When the three Pantry Girls have become vampires and they walk down the hallway towards three of the Monster Squad boys, their reflection is visible in the mirror on the wall to the right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Frankenstein: BOGUS! Bogus.
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Alternate Versions

The TV print shown on TNT contains roughly four minutes of additional deleted scenes not included on the DVD release, including:
  • 1. In the opening scene, immediately following the opening title, one of Van Helsing's men fights off one of the vampire women and accidentally pulls the stake out of Dracula's chest, resurrecting the Count.
  • 2. An extended "comedy routine" scene between the two pilots flying Dracula and Frankenstein's coffins in the World War 2 bomber plane.
  • 3. A scene between Phoebe and her mother in the kitchen. The mother tells Phoebe to go watch her favorite TV show, but Phoebe says her PTA won't let her on the grounds it contains "too much sex," which leads the mother to retort under her breath, "We could use a little sex in this house."
  • 4. An extended scene where the boys are discussing whether or not they know what a virgin is, leading to them asking Rudy if he knows any.
  • 5. When the boys and Frankenstein go to the mansion to retrieve the amulet, there is an additional scene showing them approaching the house where Horace expresses his fear.
  • 6. A scene of Rudy putting his arm around Patrick's sister (to her disgust) as they observe the carnage following the movie's finale.
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Connections

Referenced in El Rato Muerto: El No Especial de Halloween (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Monster Squad
Performed by The Monster Squad
Written and Produced by Richard 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 AxesbowledasloveSee 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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