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The Monster Squad (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition) (1987)

Andre Gower , Robby Kiger , Fred Dekker  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan
  • Directors: Fred Dekker
  • Writers: Fred Dekker, Shane Black
  • Producers: Jonathan A. Zimbert, Keith Barish, Neil A. Machlis, Peter Hyams, Rob Cohen
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GUKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Monster Squad (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.

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135 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting adjourned... May 10, 2007
Format:DVD
I've been waiting for this DVD to come into print for years, and now the wait is finally over. Thanks to Lionsgate for finally stepping up, straightening out the rights issues, and putting together a nice 2-Disc special edition of this classic 80s kids flick.

The Monster Squad, much like the Goonies and the Lost Boys, is a kid's flick at heart, but it doesn't come off as if it were written and directed down to children. The flick stars Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert (of Kids Incorporated fame), Brent Chalem, Michael Faustino and Robby Kiger as a group of kids that have a secret Monster club where they pontificate on all things monster related. Quick, two ways to kill a werewolf? Stumped? That's right, everyone knows you need to shoot `em with a silver bullet. Anyway, the group runs into trouble when unbeknown to them the all too real rouges gallery of the classic Universal monster movies are converging on their town looking to destroy an amulet that can prevent them from taking over the world. Sean, the leader of the club, lucks into a copy of Van Helsing's diary, which provides the instructions to a ritual that will banish the monsters into limbo. With the help of "Scary German Guy" (played by the always excellent Leonardo Cimino) a concentration camp survivor and resident German diary translator, the group bands together to save their families, their town, and quite possibly the entire world.

The film was directed by Fred Dekker and co-written by Fred Dekker and Shane Black (of Lethal Weapon and Predator fame) with amazing special effects and make-up by the legendary Stan Winston.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great scary movie for kids and adults alike...
This little-known GEM of a film & one of my favorites with mostly a cast of unknowns. Stephen Macht (Graveyard Shift& many other stephen King films) & Jason Hervey (older brother, Wayne on Wonder Years) are familiar faces. A great kids frightfest that has the Creature From The Black Lagoon, Mummy, Wolfman, Frankenstein & a really hot & sexy Dracula with his female coven!
A passel of oddball kids fight the dark forces of evil in their small neighborhood with the help of Frankenstein & Scary German Guy (an old Germanic man that is a neighbor). Great plot, cool special effects, some excellent one liners & some wonderful child acting all make for a terrifc family frightfest! Check out the teacher in the beginning of the movie. The kids call her "Meow Mix" because her head is shaped like a cat's head! Great oddball writing in this movie makes it scary & funny!
Wonderful story! I just can't wait for this to come out on DVD!
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem. November 5, 2004
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With all the Universal films being released and re-released on DVD, in addition to Stephen Sommers' VAN HELSING, I'm shocked to see that THE MONSTER SQUAD isn't being given the credit it is due. Some of the special effects may seem a bit dated by today's near-flawless CGI standards, but this is a really enjoyable movie that transcends time as much, if not more so, as all the black-and-white favorites that inspired it.

The story centers around a small band of pre-teens who are devoted fans of the Classic Monsters. The group soon learns that the evil Count Dracula is lurking nearby, and has gathered a small band of his own: Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Gill-Man (aka, the Creature From the Black Lagoon). Their goal: to obtain a mystical amulet that will shift the balance of power in their favor and plunge the world into total, chaotic darkness.

What follows is a series of chases, terror-filled encounters, and unforgettable one-liners ("Wolf Man's got NARDS!") that make this film a must-have for all monster fans. The Squad is a likeable lot, each member possessing characteristics that kids of any generation can identify with, and the monsters themselves aren't played for comedy or reduced to caricatures:

Duncan Regehr's Dracula is both charming and sadistic, a perfect blend of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, while Tom Noonan's Frankenstein Monster draws its inspiration from Boris Karloff and Glenn Strange, seemlessly integrating the best aspects of both actors' very different portrayals.

Jonathan Gries' performance as the Wolf Man's human half makes the viewer WANT to believe that he is Lon Chaney, Jr. back from the grave, and the Mummy shines in an amusing scare scene with one of the younger Squad members.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool horror..comedy June 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie when i was 12 and i must say i loved it...I always wanted to get this film on tape but I never could find it. until i was at a garage sale and load and behold in the video section i saw it monster squad in the 1.00 dollar videos..i got it for a buck...it is in great condition..
well anyways i think that this movie is really smart and witty and funny with a little jump in it... i think that the studio should re-release this film on video and dvd....i give it 5 stars and two thumbs up.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Wolfman's Got....." August 1, 2007
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If you grew up in the 1980's, you're probably already familiar with "The Monster Squad." It's been a long time coming for this film to get the DVD treatment and I for one am glad to see it finally happen. For those not familiar with the story, here's a brief explanation: Dracula's been after an amulet that will allow the monsters of the world take over the human realm forever. Van Helsing tried to stop him many years ago but only managed to postpone his success. Now, in the present day 80's, the amulet and the book necessary to trigger it have been found. Dracula gathers up all of his monster buddies (think Universal Monsters) to help him in his quest. Luckily for us humans, young Sean Crenshaw (Andre Gower) and his monster-crazy pals are on the case. Will the Monster Squad save the day?

For a flick made in the 80's, the special effects are pretty good. The monsters are especially good looking, but that's expected of the wonder that is Stan Winston. The only semi-cheesey effect is that of the vortex at the beginning and end of the film. It looks rather dated, but special effects aren't what this film is all about. It's about youngsters facing challenging odds and trying to succeed.

The human cast includes Gower, Ashley Bank (Phoebe), the reliable Stephen Macht (Del), Robby Kiger (Patrick), Brent Chalem (Horace), Michael Faustino (Eugene), Ryan Lambert (Rudy) and Leonardo Cimino as the Scary German Guy. The monsters include Duncan Regehr hamming it up as Dracula, Tom Noonan as the loveable Frankenstein, and "Napoleon Dynamite's" Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) as the Desperate Man (the Wolfman's human form).

Although it's considered a kids' film, "The Monster Squad" shouldn't be viewed by children under the age of nine or ten in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Monster Team Up of all time.
I still love this movie but I think watching it as an adult I realize it's not as great as I remember. Nostalgia does have a way to sugarcoat the past. Read more
Published 9 days ago by manny
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Introduction To All The Universal Horror Legends
Fun, meet Monster Squad. 80's culture, meet monster mash. The Monster Squad, a group of 5 young boys, who meet in their clubhouse, soon discover Count Dracula's plans to retrieve a... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brian Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome movie for my kids
This is an awesome movie for my kids....I loved it when it first came out and now my kids watch it. It is everything a kids scary movie should be...cute,,,funny....scary... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jennifer Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars i like it. Family fun for
The kid loves it, i like it. Family fun for everyone
Published 14 days ago by blissfullinsanity
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back childhood memories
Loved this movie so much as a kid I can't believe it's on did now
Published 15 days ago by California
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classic...
"Wolfman's got nards!" Hahaha...One of my favorite lines from this movie. This movie definitely took me back to my youth....glad they released it on DVD.
Published 15 days ago by Reuben McMurray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a classic great movie
Published 15 days ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that brings me back to my childhood.
One of my favorite classic childhood movies. My kids love it and I like watching it with them. There are not a lot of movies now a days that bring me to a moment where I feel like... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jonathan M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie from Childhood!
Others have reviewed this movie in detail, so I will keep my description short. The Blu-Ray shipped and arrived quickly. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Daniel West
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this movie, saving it for halloween. Its a great kid movie.
Published 28 days ago by Yvonne
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The director has stated that the best way to get this on DVD is to write to the following:

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Oct 13, 2006 by S. M. Robare |  See all 5 posts
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Monster Squad DVD July 27th. Man, I hope it's packed with extras. I would love to see a Where Are They Now featurette with interviews.
May 2, 2007 by W. A. H. |  See all 2 posts
out on dvd this october
Actually Lion's Gate is releasing it July 24th.
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