By: Kyle Reese
If you are a child of the eighties then this movie has to be one you remember. Today, August 14th, Fred Dekker's THE MONSTER SQUAD was released. Now I have to confess I did not see the film in the theaters, but remember this classic on VHS. Seeing the film with my friends at a young age, I remember making our own monster squad after the film looking for monsters to defeat. If you don't remember the film it was about a group of kids in a small town that had to defeat the core of the old school monsters like the Mummy, Wolfman, GIl monster and of course Dracula. Frankenstein's monster was also in the film, but he was a good guy. The kids had to send the monsters back into a vortex and needed a virgin to read a passage from an old German book.
THE MONSTER SQUAD was the first time I saw all these monsters in the same film and the make-up work was good enough to make them somewhat creepy. The film was definitely for kids, but to this day I love watching the film. I loved seeing Dekker's interpretation of the classic horror monsters and the kids squad had a good balance of humor, seriousness and weaponry.
So happy 25th anniversary to THE MONSTER SQUAD. Thanks for bringing me joy as a kid and given my generation and updated take on Universal's Monsters. Let's hope we get a new blu-ray release of the film with some cool extras. Check out the trailer for THE MONSTER SQUAD if you don't remember it after the jump.