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This review is from: The Monster Squad (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition) (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. This DVD was made possible by the director, actors, and fans who banded together in the past year through letter writing campaigns and revival screenings which proves just how much of a cult classic this flick is. If you are a generation X'er who's into action, horror or nostalgia the Monster Squad is sure to be a perfect addition to your DVD collection.
The 20th anniversary special edition set is reported to contain 2 audio commentary tracks, deleted scenes, an making of featurette, trailers, as well as a vintage interview with Tom Noonan (who played the Frankenstein's monster.)
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2007, 12:16:14 PM PDT
This was a great movie, can't wait for the dvd. Nice review.
Posted on Jun 19, 2007, 10:24:58 PM PDT
Actually, it wasn't a bad film, the only thing I disliked about the title was, just like "Ghostbusters," it was rather misleading. How many of you recall the Saturday Morning Show on NBC, called "The Monster Squad?"
Unlike the film, the show was basically about a guy in a wax museum which was actually a front for the classic monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf-Man, who were originally good guys this time around. Basically this Monster Squad went around and investigated supernatural happenings, mad scientists, and other unusual oddities, where they usually had to stop them from causing havoc on the world. Ironically, the Monster Squad only worked at night, since they had to return back to the museum during the day and enter suspended animation as statues once again.
Sure the premise was hokey, but cool, so when I saw this version of the film, abeit it being the coolest film out there, I was disappointed the film's producers didn't go with the television show premise of the same name. Ah, that's Hollywood for you.
Posted on Feb 26, 2008, 3:08:37 PM PST
The Wizard says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2008, 4:00:27 AM PST
S. M. Robare says:
I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure your 'generation' is defined by when you came of age, so to speak, when you hit high school and started to become an adult. I did this in the early 90s which places me in Gen X. I grew up watching flicks like Monster Squad (I was 10 when it was released), so how am I off in this?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2009, 1:16:45 PM PST
Thomas Hooper II says:
"This is not a generation X movie,it was made in 1987. X is the Roman number for 10,which the 1990s was the tenth decade of the twentieth century."
The X in Generation X does not stand for ten, it stands for the unknown. See Douglas Coupland's book Generation X for the origin of the term.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2009, 8:43:15 AM PDT
S. M. Robare says:
Thanks for that Thomas!
In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2009, 11:06:23 PM PDT
Gustavo Coutinho says:
wow. you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. do yourself a favor and read the excellent book Generation X by Doug Coupland. That is the origin of the term. In fact, even if not for the definition, I'm sure you'll enjoy the book anyway.
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