The Monster Squad (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fred Dekker
Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht
Rated: PG-13/Region: A/2X35/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Olive Films
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.
A movie like this can easily play off nostalgia if you grew up in the 80s and experienced this classic on VHS back in the day. While I admit a great part of my enjoyment of it is due to that, I also admit that this is about as awesome as a movie with a PG-13 restriction can get. The movie never does waste time from the start to the finish and the classic monsters are just a joy to see as they are being used in this 1980s environment. And it is also a film that gives us a lot to quote after seeing it. I’m sure the one about the wolfman having nards still being quotes by horror lovers everywhere today proves my point.
Maybe we can’t call this little story about kids fighting the universal monsters a perfect film. But it does come close. Maybe we love the atmosphere? Or maybe we just love it because the horror loving kids in this movie reminds us a whole lot of ourselves. Honestly it doesn’t really matter what our reasons are we all seem to love this film and it just has a cool little story and a feel good vibe about it. It has great acting, setting, and story. What more could we want? You may however want to track down the now out of print version of this one because while the transfers are about the same and looks just fine, the Olive version lacks any special features.