The Monster Squad Review
Synopsis:A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his army of monsters.
The Monster Squad (1987) is a 1h 22-min American action comedy movie that also contains fantasy and monsters that we are familiar with. Director and co-writer Fred Dekker (RoboCop 3 (1993), House (1986), Night of the Creeps (1986)) that did a fabulous job executing this kids movie that is enjoyed by adults also - makes a great family movie. The Monster Squad is a children movie, so there, so the horror was tame, and there was no decapitations, no missing limbs, no blood, no nudity, no sexual content, and nothing that kids should be afraid. Some of the horror characters in this film are Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The Monster Squad is a group of pre-teens who holds their meetings in a tree clubhouse. The pre-teens are fascinated with classic monsters and monster movies. The club leader Sean (Andre Gower - The Young and the Restless (1973), Mr. President (1987-1988), Its Hour Come Round (2009)) five-year-old sister Phoebe would do anything to join the club. Sean and the Monster Squad visit an elderly man, known as Scary German Guy (Leonardo Cimino - Dune (1984), Waterworld (1995), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), Moonstruck (1987)) for help translating a diary that is written in German. The group was surprised that the old man knew a lot about Van Helsing’s battle with monsters leading them to see the old man’s shirt sleeve which reveals a concentration camp number tattoo. The group listened to the old man translating the Van Helsing diary and things around them changed all too soon.
Dracula is looking for the amulet and hopes to find it before the Monster Squad does because he wants to use the amulet to control the world and engulf it in darkness. Dracula gained the help of several monsters and also transformed three school girls into his vampiric consorts. Frankenstein did not want to obey Dracula and wandered off into the woods where he encounters Phoebe (Ashley Bank - The Haunted (1991), A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986), Family of Spies (1990)) who was not afraid. Phoebe treated Frankenstein with kindness and introduced him to the Monster Squad, who need his help to defeat Dracula.
I would recommend everyone to watch The Monster Squad at least once because it is worth it and will be a treat for classic horror monster lovers who loves a good plain monster movie. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the film with all it has to offer as there were references to other horror movies. The movie will most likely bring the child out of you and take you back in memory lane when vampires, mummies, and werewolves were all too real for us. The dialogue was interesting, and the pacing of the movie was super fast, not wasting any time but I was able to stay on track and understood everything. All of the child actors gave brilliant performances that were convincing and realistic - adult actors did a good job also.
About The Monster Squad (1987)
Runtime: 82 minutes
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Total Avg. Votes: 35
Writers: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Director: Fred Dekker