The Monster Squad

August 14th, 1987


The Monster Squad

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Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters...

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 6.9/10 (9,502 voted)

Director: Fred Dekker

Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht

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.

Writers: Shane Black, Fred Dekker

Andre Gower - Sean (as André Gower)
Robby Kiger - Patrick
Stephen Macht - Del
Duncan Regehr - Count Dracula
Tom Noonan - Frankenstein
Brent Chalem - Horace
Ryan Lambert - Rudy
Ashley Bank - Phoebe
Michael Faustino - Eugene
Mary Ellen Trainor - Emily
Leonardo Cimino - Scary German Guy
Jon Gries - Desperate Man (as Jonathan Gries)
Stan Shaw - Detective Sapir
Lisa Fuller - Patrick's Sister
Jason Hervey - E.J.

Taglines: The End of the World Starts at Midnight

Release Date: 14 August 1987

Filming Locations: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - 900 Exposition Boulevard, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $3,769,990 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The scene where Dracula lifts Phoebe up and she screams was done in one take. Duncan Regehr wouldn't wear his red contacts or fangs around the five year old Ashley Bank because it scared her too much. For the scene, director Fred Dekker just told Ashley to scream once the platform raised her. When she asked, "When?" Dekker told her, "Oh, you'll know," and proceeded to shoot. The terrified scream you hear when Dracula opens his eyes is Ashley's genuine scream of fright.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the police are trying to stop Dracula one stands in front of him and fires 4 shots but you just hear 4 clicks as they forgot to dub gun shots onto the film.

Scary German Guy: [as Sean, Patrick, and Horace are leaving Scary German Guy's house] I expect you boys thought I was some kind of monster myself, mm? A vampire, perhaps? That's quite all right. But I am not, you know. If I were a vampire, then I wouldn't have a reflection...
[points to mirror, where he is clearly visible]
Scary German Guy: ... now would I?
Horace: Man, you sure know a lot about monsters.
Scary German Guy: Now that you mention it, I suppose I do.
[Scary German Guy closes door, revealing a concentration camp tattoo on his wrist]

User Review

Fred Dekkar's Other Cult Classic

Rating: 8/10

Prospective Monster Squad viewers may recognize the name Fred Dekkar, the director of another 80s cult classic, a zombie horror called Night of the Creeps. Monster Squad follows in that tradition as the horror-comedy about a gang of young kids who save their town from Dracula and his goons. In my opinion, Monster Squad is a much more enjoyable movie than Night of the Creeps.

The Monster Squad refers to a tree house club of five kids who are self-proclaimed horror fanatics. Little did they know that their enthusiasm in the genre would suddenly come in handy as their town in suddenly invaded by Dracula and a few other memorable horror villains in their classic form. Drac is terrorizing the town, trying to locate a powerful amulet which has the potential for serious disaster. When no one else believes the kids, or when no one else is powerful enough to stop them using traditional crime fighting methods (arresting the Wolfman didn't seem to work out), the Monster Squad (with the help of Scary German Guy and Frankenstein) takes things upon themselves to save the day.

This movie was great because, although the monsters may appear somewhat corny (not forgetting that it is technically a family horror film), it still has a heap of great qualities. The kids are actually all pretty cool (especially Rudy, even though his wears his pants so tight, you can see what side he tucks on). Great music, great cast (Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Ryan Lambert, Stephen Macht, and Jon Gries), and great fun!

Fans of obscure 80s movies are sure to add to the cult following. You won't be disappointed. It is loads of fun. Bona Fortuna!


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