In a continuing effort to further exploit and capitalize on reader nostalgia, I’ve decided to talk about all the reasons I love The Monster Squad, so fucking much.
First and foremost, do you remember that movie you watched as a small child, over and over and over again? Well, I sure do, because one of my constant rewatchables was The Monster Squad. I literally must have watched this movie more then a hundred times. I can’t remember exactly how many times, because I was probably around 6…ish (damn you memory!) but it rocked my tiny socks off. As a child, the obvious draw was a bunch of monsters, and kids fighting them off.
As an adult, other than the warm wave of nostalgia, the reason I love watching The Monster Squad, is that its just campy, 80’s movie fun. Directed by Fred Dekker, who also directed the campy classic Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad is the ultimate in hokey, but still gets just scary enough I can understand why I was legitimately freaked by some parts of it as a child. Its similar to the way some of the original Are You Afraid of The Dark episodes were ballsy, and wanted to scare the pants off of kids. That’s not to say it is in any way remotely frightening to a full grown, jaded horror nerd such as myself, who spends all day trying to find something new to scare him, but the ride is still wild!
The Montage song is one of the funniest I can remember, so 80s, and so over the top.
The aformentioned Squad has a leather jacket wearing, crossbow weilding, cigarette smoking kid who can’t be more than fourteen. Good old Rudy, perhaps a little too bad ass for a children’s movie, but what harm did it ultimately do. I mean, it made me smoke cigs, and shoot at people with crossbows!
No, that didn’t happen.
All the universal monsters are in the flick, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein. And of course they get their asses handed to them by little children! Yeah, that’s realistic, a group of kids stopped 5 different monsters. Whatever, I was little, and I totally thought I could take Dracula, until I grew up and watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and realized I’d rather hang out with the dude than try to kill him with a crossbow.