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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.

Director:

Fred Dekker
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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)

Gross USA:

$3,769,990
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About a year after The Monster Squad was finished, Shane Black and Fred Dekker worked together again writing Shadow Company. The script was to be an action horror film about a group of US special forces soldiers who died during the Vietnam war and years later, the soldiers, who were members of secret army experiments, rise up from the graves as rotting, unstoppable zombies. The zombie soldiers would have raided the armory from a nearby army base and then proceeded to destroy the town in which they were buried, killing everyone in it. The movie was going to be directed by John Carpenter sometime in 1989, produced by Walter Hill and with Kurt Russell in the main role, but it was never made. The original script by Black and Dekker did gain a cult following by theirs and Carpenter's fans. See more »

Goofs

The squad goes in search of a virgin, although they are 12. Any one of them (or, if they really needed a girl, the 5 year old sister) could have just read the incantation themselves. It could, however, be a honest mistake on their part, with them not realizing it could've been Phoebe (the prologue with Van Helsing seems to lean towards the reader being a girl). See more »

Quotes

Dracula: [holding Phoebe up by her throat] Give me the amulet, you BITCH!
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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 Face Off: Future Frankenstein (2013) 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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Great monster movie for films buffs
28 December 1998 | by Chiron1987See all my reviews

The Monster Squad is a terrific re-telling of the House of Frankenstein, set in the late 80s. A group of young boys unearth an evil secret within the diary of vampire hunter, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Dutch, not German, but forgivable). Dracula has returned, and has re-animated Frankenstein's monster, and brought along a innocent, but tortured werewolf, the frightening, Creature of the Black Lagoon-esque Gill-Man, and a 2000-year old Mummy.

The SFX are spectacular, and the make-up and costuming are very well-made. This movie closely follows the the myths and folklore of popular monsters (only wooden stakes and garlic are effective on vampires; even dynamite cannot stop the silver-prone werewolf; etc.)

The acting is somewhat lacking, but this is a kid's Saturday night drive-in type movie. Only Duncan Regehr (syndicated TV's Zorro) as the truly and unrelentingly evil Dracula is worth mentioning. However, Tom Noonan as the kindly and gentle Frankenstein's monster is a great departure from the malevolence of his counterparts.

Highly recommended.


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