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The Monster Squad (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition)
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Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan
Directed By: Fred Dekker
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Lions Gate
EAN: 0017153215663
Format: AC-3
Label: Lions Gate
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2007-07-24
Running Time: 82
Studio: Lions Gate
Theatrical Release Date: 1987-08-14

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Editorial Reviews:

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.


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Summary: A Classic!
Comment: My sisters & I watched Monster Squad until the VHS wore out when we were younger. I got this copy for my girls to watch for Halloween & they loved it to. Yes, it's cheesy, silly, and all those other things - but it's also a fun little movie with enough monsters to be scary, but enough laughs to make it fun.

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Summary: The Monster Squad
Comment: this one has all the monsters from the old days,with new twists and some old ones.
it was good seeing it again, I have liked it from when I saw part of it on tv. but never knew it was on dvd till this year, and I had to have it.

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Summary: fantastic buy
Comment: I am 32 and I still quote lines from this movie. This is another kids movie classic that has been buried since its time of fame. This is a movie that kids today can watch and get addicted to, such as I did back in the day.

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Summary: Rock Until You Drop!
Comment: Ah, The Monster Squad. That box office bomb that became a classic to us horror fans. That cute modern day homage to Universal monster flicks and the Little Rascals. If you haven't seen it, someone should kick you in the nards.
Fred Dekker was a fresh and unique talent to the horror world, but seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth(in the documentary on Disc 2 he says that The Monster Squad is the film that killed his career, and that he killed it again by directing Robocop 3. But it makes me wonder if people like Uwe Boll and Ulli Lommel can have steady careers, why can't Dekker make a comeback?). He only directed three films and wrote and directed a few episodes of Tales From The Crypt. His first film, Night of the Creeps, was an excellent homage to B horror films of the 50s and 60s(where's the friggin' DVD??????). His third film, Robocop 3, I can forgive him for. Probably a studio pressure thing, and it wasn't a horror film anyway so it shouldn't count. His second film, The Monster Squad is what he'll always be remembered for.
Like Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad is an homage to a bygone era of horror, this case being the Universal Monsters-Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and The Creature. Universal passed on the Monster Quad, so Dekker had to alter the appearance of the monsters just enough to avoid legal trouble. In case you don't already know, it's about a group of preteen boys(and a little girl) who are horror fans, but find themselves facing the real deal when Dracula shows up with his posse and wants to destroy the magical amulette and diary that Van Helsing used to destroy him 100 years ago. This diary has landed in the hands of Sean(Andre Gower), the leader of the Monster Squad. So now it's up to The Monster Squad to save the world.
Fun, fluffy stuff. It was marketed as a family oriented film. Not a kiddie, Disney type thing, but something the whole family could enjoy. In retrospect, it seems more like something geared for adults. Thank God it was made in the 80s before folks were so tightassed about political correctness. The kids do and say stuff that you'd never hear or see if the film were made now. Plus, there's a bit more blood and gore than you'd expect from a film aimed at families. As you can imagine, the film is more of a comedy than a horror film, but Dekker makes sure not to make it all cute and zany. Dekker's a horror fan and he shows us he's a horror fan. Like the classic Abbott and Costello/Universal Monster team ups, the monsters play it straight. They may be stuck in a comedy, but they act as though they were in a horror film.
Of course the immortal, "Wolf man's got nards" line is found here. I never found that to be very funny, but hey.
Aside from the pointless changing of the cool cover art of the original movie poster, this 2 disc set is a good deal. Naturally the film looks and sounds as good as it'll ever get. It's got an entertaining commentary by Dekker and three of the Squad. Disc 2 is a treat. It has a long and informative documentary that answers just about everything you've ever wanted to know about the Monster Squad. Also included is an interview with Frankenstein from around the time the film was shot. And of course the usual bells and whistles, trailers and whatnot. Unlike most 2 Disc Special Editions that play you for a sucker, this one's good. And the price is right too.
A good treatment for a great cult classic. Now lets get the lead out and release Night Of The Friggin' Creeps!!!

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Summary: Classic Spooks For The Season
Comment: This classic monster movie from the 1980's blends the best of the monster movie villains to delight and scare those who may be afraid of the dark. I would recommend this movie for anyone who likes horror/comedy/cult classic films like the Goonies.


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