A group of monster-obsessed kids have to stop Dracula and his
army of monsters from destroying the world with an ancient amulet.
The Monster Squad (1987)
Directed by Fred Dekker
Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Starring Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Brent Chalem,
Ashley Bank, Ryan Lambert, Michael Faustino,
Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Carl Thibault,
Leonardo Cimino, Stephen Macht, Mary Ellen Trainor
Based on characters created by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley
I've loved this movie for many years because of its over-the-top campiness and dated 80's tone. It's an absolutely ridiculous film that for some reason has resonated with me and many others over the years. After all, who doesn't want to see Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and Gillman all in the same film?
The kids who make up the Monster Squad are almost like caricatures of every preteen in the 1980's. And that's okay. It helps me not take this film seriously and lets me sit back and enjoy this entertaining slice of genuine 80's camp. On top of that, there are some frightening scenes I did not expect. The Wolf Man's transformations are quite terrifying and Duncan Regehr's portrayal of Dracula is one of the best as he actually takes the character seriously and gives the film a great villain.
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for The Monster Squad. It's a fun movie that represents the wackiness of the 80's better than most films. It's got Universal's classic monsters together for the first and only time fighting a group of obnoxious preteens we can't help but root for. Overall, it's a good ride.