The Monster Squad

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Overview

A group of adolescent monster movie enthusiasts form a club that meets in a treehouse in this pre-teen horror feature. When Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Wolfman are joined by Gill-Man in the search for a magic amulet, the boys form the Monster Squad to battle the forces of evil. The boys get unexpected help from Frankenstein when the monster grows tired of being continually bossed around by Dracula.
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Overview

A group of adolescent monster movie enthusiasts form a club that meets in a treehouse in this pre-teen horror feature. When Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Wolfman are joined by Gill-Man in the search for a magic amulet, the boys form the Monster Squad to battle the forces of evil. The boys get unexpected help from Frankenstein when the monster grows tired of being continually bossed around by Dracula.
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Editorial Reviews

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The horror comedy is usually a contradiction in terms but The Monster Squad is a rare successful example of the format. The secret of its success is Shane Black and Fred Dekker's script, which blends homage and lampoon in a way that sees humor in the horror genre without ever disrespecting it. Dekker carries that approach over to his work as the film's director, giving the film a light-hearted 'pop' feel during the segments dealing with the young heroes but creating a convincingly spooky atmosphere for the monster sequences. His work in both areas is aided tremendously by slick cinematography from Bradford May and a rousing orchestral score from Bruce Broughton that hits all the right emotional notes. It's also worth noting that Dekker maintains a tight pace throughout and weaves in some unexpectedly affecting moments of pathos between the scares and laughs. Finally, it's the acting that completes the film's crowd-pleaser appeal: everyone acquits themselves well but the real scene-stealers are Duncan Regehr's regal yet nasty turn as Dracula, Tom Noonan's appealingly childlike take on Frankenstein and Leonardo Cimino's subtle and dignified work as Scary German Guy, the one adult who immediately understands what the kids are up against. In short, The Monster Squad is a smart, fast-paced delight that horror fans of all ages can enjoy and appealing enough to cross over to viewers who aren't genre fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • UPC: 887090053808
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,397

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andre Gower Sean
Robby Kiger Patrick
Stephen Macht Del, Sean's Father
Duncan Regehr Count Dracula
Tom Noonan Frankenstein
Brent Chalem Horace
Ryan Lambert Rudy
Ashley Bank Phoebe, Sean's Sister
Michael Faustino Eugene
Mary Ellen Trainor Emily
Mary Albee Pantry Girl
Daryl Anderson Co-Pilot
Joan-Carroll Baron Pantry Girl
Paul Barringer Squad Room Cop
Ernie Brown Night Watchman
Adam Carl Derek
Leo Cimino Scary German Guy
Phil Culotta Driver of Coroner Van
Sonia Curtis Peasant Girl
Penny Perry Davis
Marianne de Camp Cat head, Mrs. Carlsen
Julius Le Flore Squad Room Cop
Lisa Fuller Patrick's Sister
Jonathan Gries Desperate Man
Jack Gwyllim Van Helsing
Jason Hervey E.J.
Bryan Kestner Rookie Cop
Robert Lesser Eugene's Dad
Diana Lewis TV Anchorwoman
Michael Reid Mackay Mummy
Denver Mattson Beefy Cop
Julie Merrill Pantry Girl/Vampire
Charly Morgan Vampire Bride with Possom
David Proval Pilot
Gary Rebstock TV Anchorman
Dianne Reeves
Riad Girl in Ground Hog Day
Gwil Richards Mr. Metzger
Stan Shaw Detective Sapir
Jim Stephen Squad Room Cop
Carl Thibault Wolfman
David Wedel Army General
Tom Woodruff Jr. Gill-Man
Technical Credits
Fred Dekker Director, Screenwriter
Keith Barish Executive Producer, Producer
Shane Black Screenwriter
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer, Producer
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Katalin Elek Makeup
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
David M. Haber Art Director
Roland Hill Set Decoration/Design
Michael W. Hoffman Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hyams Executive Producer, Producer
Aggie Lyon Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Machlis Co-producer
Bradford May Cinematographer
James Mitchell Editor
John Moio Stunts
Penny Perry Casting
William R. Perry Stunts
Richard Luke Rothschild Asst. Director
Stan Winston Special Effects
Jonathan A. Zimbert Producer
Papp Zoltan Makeup
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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I never heard of this movie before. Glad I finally saw it. New favorite movie. Awesome cover.

    This is the story of a group of kids called the Monster Squad that talk about monster stuff. That is until the real thing happens and its up to the kids to save the world. You have such recognizable monsters like the wolf man, Frankensten, Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Mummy, all lead by Dracula himself. That has got to be the coolest plot I ever heard of, well...one of the coolest plots I ever heard of I guess. Some of the scenes were pretty good while others seemed a little dark for a family movie. If you like horror, comedy and adventure, then you'll love the Monster Squad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not for younger kidos

    I used to love this moive when I was a kid. I bought it becuase I thought my little one would enjoy it. The subject matter was not for the younger crowed. I would not recomend this moive for anyone under 15. other then that it was ok

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Kick him in the Nards!

    1987 was my latest stop in my Movies of the 1980s journey. Now I just made the journey part up, but hey it sounds good and since I'm in a 80s type of mood lately, I figure it will work.


    I was about 11 years old when this movie came out and I loved every moment of it then and I still love it now. From the opening screen roll (think Star Wars) we know that this movie is going to be both horror as well as comedy.


    One Hundred Years Before this Story Begins...It Was A Time Of Darkness In Transylvania...A Time When Dr. Abraham Van Helsing...And A Small Band Of Freedom Fighters...Conspired To Rid The World Of Vampires and Monsters...And To Save Mankind From The Forces of Evil...They Blew It


    Of course I don't know what else you would expect from writer/director Fred Dekker. For those of you who have never heard of him, he is also the mastermind behind House, the cult horror movie from the 80s not the obnoxious TV show that's on now.


    The basic plot of the movie (I will give the DVD synopsis at the end of this post) is this. Take 4 twelve year old boys, one cigarette smoking junior high kid, and one younger sister and pit them against the monsters of Universal Studios. Make the cigarette smoking, leather jacket wearing junior high kid Ryan Lambert (Kids Incorporated) and you got a hit movie on your hands. Well at least Fred Dekker was hoping for that. The movie didn't do very well at the time but has now become a cult hit world wide with an ever growing audience.


    I never knew what there wasn't to like. You have all the classic monsters headed up by Dracula himself. His henchman are non other than The Mummy, The Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and of course his Three Brides. Of course, it may not have helped that Universal didn't want anything to do with this movie and did not allow the creators to specifically say that these in fact were those legends of scariness.


    Now you may ask how the kids happen to get involved. Well this is what happens. Dracula is looking for an amulet that is a repository for pure good. If he is able to destroy that amulet then the powers of evil will be able to take over the world. One of our young heroes, namely Sean, comes into possession of a diary written by Dr. Van Helsing himself that gives an account of how to turn the amulet into a gate opening up into Limbo. If that gate can be opened by a virgin (of course) then the creature of the night will be sucked in and the day will be saved. You may be thinking to yourself why would a 12 year old even be interested in such a book, especially since it's written in German. Well the simple answer to that is because him and his friends belong to a monster club and have a rather healthy fascination with all things monster. So Sean's mother brings it home to him and the fun wackiness ensues.


    Now obviously Dracula can not allow such a thing to happen so he sends Frankenstein to get the book away from the kids. On the way to carry out his mission Frankenstein meets Phoebe (Sean's younger sister) in the exact same manner that he does in the classic Universal movie. Only this time the little girl is spared the dunking in the pond and the two become buddies. If you haven't already guessed Frankenstein helps the kids save the day.


    The ensuing battle produces one of the best scenes in the history of movies. This may be a testament to the fact I'm a guy and that I was a kid when I first saw the movie, but t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    doesn't disappoint

    for a kids movie i must say wow can't believe they got away with swearing. this is the fan favorite about a club that has to do anything with monsters and the real thing arrives and the kids with help from the scary german guy and the newest member rudy. the monsters that arrive are the wolf man, the lagoon creature, the mummy and are led by dracula including frankestein. the little girl was adorable and the frankestein scene was sweet and sad. i recommend it to any new or old fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IM SO EXCITED I COULD JUST SPIT!!!!!!!

    Im so stoked that my fav movie in the whole wide world is finally out on dvd!!!! honestly, i thought i was the only one who knew about this timeless classic bcuz everywhere else i went to was sold out!! glad i got it months in advanced or else it would have been a tragedy. Any whoo, for those who don't know about monstser squad need to pick up on game soon. Enjoy cuz have since i was 3 and beyond

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZINGG

    I got the VHS when i was 3 years old and i watched it every saturday untill i was 18 years old, its one of my favorite movies, i cant wait for the dvd to come out since i lost my VHS, im 20 years old now so its been 2 years that ive gone without seeing the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's About Time!!

    I've seen this movie so many times as a kid and loved it. Looking forward for it's release on DVD. Thank you Lionsgate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    About Time!

    I've been wanting for this title since I started buying DVD's in 2000! It's a very enjoyable monster romp, but it definitely has its dark moments. All the kids in this were outstanding and the reinterpretation of the classic Universal icons is excellent. Go Phoebe!

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