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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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Fred Dekker
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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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Near the start of the movie the plane where Dracula first appears has "Browning" written on the side this a nod to director Tod Browning who directed "Dracula" in 1931. See more »

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When Phoebe is pleading, "Don't go Frankenstein, don't go away!" as he is being sucked into the vortex, in one long shot her mouth is clearly not moving. See more »

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?"
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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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Rock Until You Drop
Performed by Michael Sembello
Written by Michael Sembello, Richard Rudolph, and Danny Sembello
Produced by Michael Sembello
Published by Gravity Raincoat, Dickiebird Music & Publishing, Unicity Music, Inc., and No Pain No Gain Music
Courtesy of A&M Records
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
29 August 2013 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Back in the late 80s, Sean (Andre Gower) and his friends were middle school kids with a fascination for monsters. Their love of old fashioned Horror ran so deep that they started a club in their tree house, calling themselves, The Monster Squad. Everything is just child's play until one day, real monsters start showing up in their small New England town, and it's up to the Monster Squad to stop them. When this film came out, not many people took notice of it, it wasn't until Lionsgate bought the rights and re-issued it. that Monster Squad became somewhat of a cult classic. This film is pure 80s, a time when kids were actually played by kids. Today, we're so afraid of traumatizing these kids, that we have 16-19 year old teens playing much younger kids. Back in the 80s, when the part called for a kid, they found a kid, and being that this was the first film for the vast majority of them, the amount of energy and excitement they brought to the film really kept it going, in what is otherwise a ridiculous story. The actors were the age of the characters they were playing and when they cursed or talked about adult themes, I found it hilarious, it was so much better because it was real. The story isn't anything to write home about, just a bunch of cheesy lines and bad special effects, and I'm sure you could figure out what's going to happen from the description on the box, but to me the best part of the film is the realism given by the cast in a movie that was anything but real. The dynamic between brother and sister, the kids who actually did something imaginative, instead of just playing video games all day. It isn't until you see a film like this that you realize just how much family films have changed. This would be a great film for kids to watch, but if it came out today, the kids would be played by college students and it would get an R rating for some of the language. In the 80s, this would have been the textbook definition of a family film, by today's standard's, it's rating has been upgraded to PG-13 and it's filed under Horror. The more things change, the more they stay the same, what was unacceptable in the 60s and family friendly in the 80s, is now not suitable for children under 13, a sign of the paranoia of the times we live in.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,678, 16 August 1987

Gross USA:

$3,769,990

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,769,990
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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