The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy


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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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6 July 2001 | Axesbowledaslove
10
| Why the dismal ratings?
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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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.


Quotes

Sean: Rudy, find some silver bullets.
Rudy: Where the hell am I suppose to find silver bullets?
Sean: I don't know. Fat kid get a map, find Shadowbrook Road.
Horace: What do I look in the index for "big scary mansion?"


Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the band of freedom fighters throw a bundle of dynamite under a wooden gate and we see the gate explode. There is a reverse shot of the explosion from the inside of the building, but it is clearly a different wooden gate that is being blown up.


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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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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Action | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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