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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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Call them for a monster-ous good time. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster Busters 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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The armadillos glimpsed in Dracula's castle at the very beginning are a reference to Dracula (1931), where they were shown crawling about while Bela Lugosi gave Dwight Frye a tour of his castle. Armadillos are indigenous to the Americas and while their appearance in a Transylvanian castle was seen as a goof in earlier film, they are obviously meant as an homage here. See more »

Goofs

When Dracula arrives at Sean's house and takes the dynamite to blow up the tree house, he actually throws it to the ground, not the tree house. In the next shot it is shown going thru the tree house window. See more »

Quotes

Rudy: See? Told ya. Only one way to kill a werewolf.
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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

Featured in Monster Squad Forever! (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Until You Drop
Performed by Michael Sembello
Written by Michael Sembello, Richard 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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Highly Entertaining Cult Movie
21 April 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

One hundred years ago, Dracula and other monsters survive to the attack of Dr. Van Helsing and his men to his castle with a magical amulet. In the present days, Dracula travels to the United States and arrives in a small town. He summons the Werewolf, the Mummy, the Swamp Thing and Frankenstein's creature to help him to retrieve the amulet.

In the town, a man claims that he is the werewolf and goes to the police station to ask to be locked up in a cell. Meanwhile a mummy vanishes from the local museum and police detective Del (Stephen Macht) is assigned to investigate the case. When his son Sean (Andre Gower), who is a monster fan, learns the news, he joins his friends Patrick (Robby Kiger), Horace (Brent Chalem) and Rudy (Ryan Lambert) in his monster club to read a Van Helsing's journal that was given by his mother. However the book is written in German and they are not able to translate it. So they asks for help from their weird neighbor that they call Scary German Guy (Leonardo Cimino) and they discover that they need to recover the amulet and a virgin to get rid off Dracula and the monsters. Meanwhile Sean's little sister Phoebe (Ashley Bank), who is unsuccessfully trying to join the club, befriends Frankenstein's creature. The unlike group brings Patrick's sister (Lisa Fuller), who claims that is virgin, to read the passage that sends the monsters to the limbo. Will they be successful in their intent?

"The Monster Squad" is a highly entertaining cult movie with a funny story that entwines adventure, dark comedy and horror. This film is also a tribute to the Universal Monsters. There is a touching moment when the Scary German Guy tells to the kids that he has experience with monsters and we see a concentration camp number on his arm. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Deu a Louca nos Monstros" ("The Monsters Have Gone Crazy")

Note: On 24 July 2016, I saw this film again.

Note: On 09 Sep 2018, I saw this film again.


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