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Beast
08-27-2002, 04:43 PM
This kind of ties in with my avatars for the rest of the week. But this movie was a modern classic. I loved watching it when I was younger, and I'm ticked off that it's not yet on DVD. It was sort of like "The Goonies" crossed with the Universal Monsters. It had all the biggies, Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolf, The Mummy, and The Gillman. I ran across the old Japanese Laserdisc review of it on HorrorDVDs.com a while back, and the memories came flooding back. This movie was excellent, and hopefully it gets a DVD release soon. I was just curious if anyone else had fond memories of this film? Here's the plot synopsis from that review, and a link to where you can read more and see some pictures. :)

One hundred years ago in Transylvania, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim) and a group of freedom fighters conspired to rid the world of vampires and monsters. They failed. Flash toward to current day (well, make that 1987). A group of misfit middle schoolers - Sean (Andre Gower), the leader; Patrick (Robby Kiger), Sean's best friend; Horace (Brent Chalem), also known as "fat kid", Rudy (Ryan Lambert), the bad boy from Junior High; and Phoebe (Ashley Bank), Sean's younger sister - run a monster club out of Sean's tree house. They're obsessed with everything monster related. So much so that they spend time in school making up and drawing monsters to put on the tree house walls. After school they spend most of the time discussing monsters and "Scary German Guy" - a mysterious old man that lives in the neighborhood that they believe is a monster.

The monster club is about to face the ultimate threat. Dracula (Duncan Regehr) has risen from his grave, determined to destroy a mystical amulet that will allow all evil to rule the earth. To help aid him in his quest, Dracula resurrects Frankenstein (Duncan Regehr), the Wolfman (Carl Thibault), the Mummy (Michael Reid MacKay), and Gillman (Tom Woodruff Jr.). Since Sean's father, Del (Stephen Macht), is a police detective, Sean learns of all the strange occurences happening in town. First a man claiming to be a werewolf is shot and seemingly killed, until the body disappears from the morgue later that night. Then a mummy disappears from the museum, even though there were no signs of a break-in. Sean puts two and two together and realizes there in an influx of monsters in town.

Sean's mother gives him Van Helsing's journal, which she found while cleaning out a church. The kids turn to "Scary German Guy" for an English translation of the German writings. It is then they learn of Dracula's apocalyptic intentions. Now the group of misfits, along with "Scary German Guy" and another unlikely ally, band together as the monster squad. They must use their expertise of monster folklore and the instructions in Van Helsing's journal to battle Dracula and his monster minions in hopes of sending them back to the netherworld before the amulet is destroyed.

http://horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/msquad-jld/

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Patient Zero
08-27-2002, 04:51 PM
It was Goonies, but with all the classic monsters. Brilliant!

Darth Shifty
08-27-2002, 06:01 PM
That movie was great! I had to have watched it 10 times when I was a kid. I love the ending.

"Kick him in the nards!" Whack! "Whoa, Wolfman has nards."

Beast
08-27-2002, 06:08 PM
Thanks for the quote correction Darth Shifty. I wasn't sure the nards quote in my sig was correct because I haven't seen the movie in years. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

2-1B
08-28-2002, 04:30 AM
Of course I remember this flick ! I recall begging for a trip to the video store to rent it as a kid . . . I'd like to see it again. :D
At least it's still available on video for that purpose . . .

I meant to come in here screaming about the Wolfman and his nards, but I was beaten to it! :crazed:

Beast
08-28-2002, 04:51 AM
Nice to see that you were a huge fan as well, Caesar. Hopefully since the movie has so many fans, we'll get a nice S.E. DVD release sometime in the near future. Because who wants to watch it on video. :)

Do a S.E. similar to the Goonies or Willy Wonka discs. Get the director and all the kids together and do an audio commentary. I'm sure there has to be deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage laying around from back then as well. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

smurfvader
08-28-2002, 05:26 PM
I've never seen the movie, but I used to love the tv show (on which the movie was based) as a kid. how could you not love a show that had the Universal monsters riding around in a hotdog truck.

JIm

Beast
08-28-2002, 05:36 PM
The movie was not based on the cartoon, as far as I know. Becaue the monsters in the cartoon were all good guys that faught evil. The monsters in the movie were all evil, except of course for Frankenstein who switched sides and helped the kids out. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

smurfvader
08-28-2002, 06:00 PM
It actually wasn't a cartoon, but a live action show. They probably took the title and concept from the tv show.

JIm

LTBasker
08-28-2002, 11:41 PM
*Dad opens closet door*

"See? Theres nothing in there."

*kid covers his eyes then the Dad looks in just before he shuts the closet door and stands there stunned....*

Patient Zero
08-28-2002, 11:42 PM
I am just upset that I can't find any good sites for it.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
08-29-2002, 01:30 AM
That movie used to be on cable all the time. The movie practically was on HBO's nightly schedule.

Now I haven't even seen the film on T.V. for about 8 years or so.

Anyone know of any of the actors or actresses from the movie? Are any still in movies or T.V.?

You got to figure one of the kids is now a porn star.

Darth Vellner
08-29-2002, 01:36 AM
I remember it .......

scruffziller
02-19-2003, 09:28 AM
Wow this looks like a cool flick since I liked The Goonies and I like vampires........

RooJay
02-24-2003, 07:40 PM
Aside from the wolf nards line, I think the second funniest line in the movie is after they find out the virgin they needed to use to perform the ritual "sort of" isn't one and everything looks lost when the little girl steps up and asks if she's a "vershin".

Kidhuman
02-24-2003, 08:05 PM
I vaugely remember this movie. I remember the wolfmans nards line but thats about it.

evenflow
02-25-2003, 03:17 PM
That movie rocked.

JediDan
03-03-2003, 11:58 AM
Yeah I totally remember that movie. Every Halloween I think about that movie and wish I had it at home to watch over and over, but I couldn't remember the name. Now I know the name, thx. If the DVD ever gets released I'll buy it on day one.

James Boba Fettfield
04-08-2003, 10:54 AM
Well, look at this!


In a pre-emptive bid, Paramount Pictures has picked up the Halloween family/adventure pitch "Monster Mash," which Ben Tripp will write for studio-based producer Jordan Kerner. Simultaneously, Paramount has acquired the classic 1962 hit song "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett for use in the film. The project, designed to be both live-action and CGI, takes place on Halloween day and centers on the notion that monsters actually exist, but the only day they can come out without being noticed is Halloween because everyone thinks they are in a costume. This is also the one day when monsters can accomplish all their errands and chores for the entire year. When a 14-year-old boy and his father discover this secret, a wild adventure ensues.
Monster Squad Look Alike (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hollywoodreporter/film/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1859436)

EDIT-Just to clarify, it's not a clear remake of Monster Squad, but it seems similar in a lot of ways. Who knows where they could have gotten the idea from?....

evenflow
05-05-2004, 02:45 PM
I really want this movie on dvd. There is some guy on ebay selling bootlegs on dvd. I really would prefer the real thing, I will just be waiting here patiently.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
02-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Rumors have been circulating for weeks about this and Horrorhound Magazine has reported the following:


The rumors have been floating in the air, as they have in the years leading up to this - the 20th anniversary of the film. When will Monster Squad finally be released onto DVD? Why haven't we already received a disc? Whats the meaning of life? All of these questions are bothered us HorrorHounds for nearly ten years, but no more! Whats the word? Monster Squad WILL be released onto DVD this year! When this year? It cant be said... yet. What will be on the disc? Cant say (sorry)... but the term 'bare bones' will NOT be linked to this release - that we CAN tell you. Who's releasing it? Of all companies, it turns out Lionsgate can be named as our savior. Is there anything else that can POSSIBLY be revealed? Not from us and not about the DVD... but we can say - this March will be EXTRA special to Monster Squad fans. Why?...

HorrorHound #6 will be on sale this March in all major booksellers across North America (including Barnes and Noble, Borders, Chapters, Indigo, B. Daltons) and inside will be a very special retrospective on the film in question: MONSTER SQUAD! Our exciting series of retrospects focuses on this Fred Dekker gem and features new interviews with the cast and crew (including Dekker himself, Andre Gower, Steve Wang and more) as well as a peek at the many promotional items produced for the film (as much as we could find that is). No other magazine has given the Squad this much focus and its just the tip of the ice berg.... Read the article this March and buy the DVD later this year

Can it be?!??! FINALLY?!??!? :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Jedi_Master_Guyute
04-30-2007, 05:36 PM
THE MONSTER SQUAD is FINALLY being released on DVD on July 24th. Specs announced are the following:


Fred Dekker's film is finally coming to DVD on July 24th, according to Fangoria. They report that in addition to a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, expect the following extras:

- Audio commentary by writer/director Dekker and cinematographer Bradford May
- Audio commentary by Dekker and actors Andre Gower, Ashley Bank and Ryan Lambert
- Wolf Man’s Got Nards! The Making of THE MONSTER SQUAD documentary
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Monster Mania reunion featurette
- Vintage interview with Tom Noonan
- Poster and still gallery
- Theatrical trailer
- TV spot

Source: Bloody-Disgusting

Thank the Maker, it's finally happening; one of my favorite movies as a young lad is gonna get DVD love! Booya! :thumbsup:

I'll post art when it's up.

Qui-Long Gone
05-14-2007, 11:16 AM
I loved the Monster Squad....sigh....oh when movies were worth $3.50....