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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sean (as André Gower)
Robby Kiger ... Patrick
... Del - Sean's Dad
... Count Dracula
... Frankenstein's Monster
Brent Chalem ... Horace
... Rudy
... Phoebe
Michael Faustino ... Eugene
... Emily
... Scary German Guy
... Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
... Detective Sapir
Lisa Fuller ... Patrick's Sister
... E.J.
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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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Monster Busters  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,769,990
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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As the boys discover the crystal and one of them picks it up, it becomes clear the effect of the green sparking rays is achieved by pointing a laser at it from underneath, as the beam momentarily remains after the crystal is gone. See more »

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Dracula: [holding Phoebe up by her throat] Give me the amulet, you BITCH!
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References The Return of the Living Dead (1985) See more »

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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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Highly Entertaining Cult Movie
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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.


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