Nevertheless, Dracula seeks to obtain the amulet so that he can take over the world. To this end, he assembles several monstrous allies: The Mummy, the Gill-man, The Wolf Man, and three school girls whom the Count transforms into his vampiric consorts. Dracula then steals a crate from a B-25 Mitchell in flight, containing Frankenstein's monster, thus completing his army. However, Frankenstein's monster is reluctant to aid Dracula, and wanders into the forest where he encounters Phoebe. Rather than being afraid, she shows him the kindness he has always sought, and they become friends. After Phoebe proves to the Monster Squad that Frankenstein's monster is not evil, he chooses to help the boys instead of Dracula.
The amulet is buried in a stone room beneath a house that Dracula and the other monsters now occupy and where Van Helsing's diary was found. The room is littered with wards which prevent the monsters from taking it. The Monster Squad break into the house and acquire the amulet and narrowly escape Dracula's grasp. They confer with The Scary German Guy who informs them that the incantation must be read by a female virgin. As midnight approaches, the Squad makes their way to a local cathedral to make their last stand. The doors to the cathedral are locked, so the incantation must be read on the stoop, leaving the Squad vulnerable. They enlist Patrick's elder sister Lisa to help them, as she is the only virgin they know. However, the incantation fails since Lisa is actually not a virgin anymore. As the monsters close in, the Squad deduces that Phoebe must complete the task of opening the portal, and the German Guy attempts to help her read the incantation as the rest of the Squad fends off the monsters.
In the ensuing battle, Dracula's consorts, the Mummy, the Gill-man, and the Wolfman are defeated. Dracula arrives to destroy the amulet when Frankenstein's monster intervenes, impaling him on a wrought-iron cross. Phoebe finishes the incantation, opening the portal which begins to consume the bodies of the monsters. Dracula, still alive, attempts to drag Sean in with him. Sean impales Dracula with a wooden stake as Patrick grabs Sean before he can be sucked into the portal. Having briefly escaped from Limbo, Van Helsing appears, gives a thumbs up to Sean, and pulls Dracula to his doom. As Frankenstein's monster is drawn into the portal, Phoebe holds onto him and pleads for him to stay. Knowing he doesn't belong on Earth, Frankenstein's monster lets go of Phoebe's hand, but accepts her gift of a stuffed animal to remember her by. The portal then closes, ensuring the world's safety.
The United States Army arrives on the scene, having received a letter from Eugene earlier asking for their help against the monsters. When the confused general fails to make sense of the situation, Sean steps forward and presents the man with his business card, identifying himself and his friends as \"The Monster Squad\".
The Monster Squad was marketed through a series of alternate posters designed to look like \"Wanted\" police placards, although the model used for Dracula was not Duncan Regehr. The main poster featured the Ghostbusters-inspired slogan \"You know who to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters\". The film held its premiere party at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, California. Kiefer Sutherland, the star of The Lost Boys, was among those who showed up to support the film.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it \"a feature-length commercial for a joke store that sells not-great, rubber monster masks\". Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune found the film's juxtaposition of child heroes and intense visuals to be distasteful, writing \"[p]art E.T. and part Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Fred Dekker`s The Monster Squad is crass but imponderable, bizarrely mixing glowingly back-lit sentimentality with stomach-churning violence and juvenile sex jokes. Its target audience appears to be practiced sadists in the 12- to 14-year-old age group\".
Retrospective reviews have typically been kinder to the film. Francis Rizzo III of DVDTalk wrote that \"there's much more than nostalgia going for it, as the story of a band of horror film fans battling the classic movie monsters is a fun piece of filmmaking [...] and an exciting action flick.\" Nathan Rabin of The AV Club stated that \"Squad's gleeful monster mash anticipates bloated CGI orgies like Van Helsing, which likely cost a hundred times as much, yet boasts a hundredth of Squad's scrappy, ramshackle charm.\" Keith Phipps of The Verge deemed it \"a devoted homage to the films [Dekker] grew up loving\", playing \"like highly polished fan fiction from a creator who clearly never let his Famous Monsters of Filmland subscription lapse.\" Jason Clark of Entertainment Weekly was more measured, calling it \"the ultimate '80s movie\", albeit \"far from perfect\".
The series stars Fred Grandy (who also starred in The Love Boat and was later elected to the United States House of Representatives) as Walt, a criminology student working as a night watchman at \"Fred's Wax Museum\". To pass the time, Walt built a prototype \"Crime Computer\" hidden in a large stone sarcophagus near an exhibit of legendary monsters. When Walt plugged in his computer, \"oscillating vibrations\" brought to life the wax statues of Dracula (Henry Polic II), the Wolfman (Buck Kartalian) who here was named \"Bruce W. Wolf\" (with one episode revealing that the \"W\" stood for \"Were\"), and the Frankenstein Monster (Michael Lane) who was referred to as \"Frank N. Stein\" in the credits.
The monsters, wanting to make up for the misdeeds of their pasts, became superhero crimefighters who used their unique abilities to challenge and defeat various supervillains. In most episodes, Walt would send the monsters out to investigate crimes and fight the villains while monitoring the activities from the wax museum via the Crime Computer, presumably because his job required him to be at the wax museum at all times. However, Walt would sometimes join the climactic battle with his comrades in some episodes and come to the rescue when needed.
Though the Squad are supposed to be wax statues, it often appears that they are something else entirely, as they apparently have all the memories of the monsters they are based on as well as their powers. The gentle giant Frank, for example, possessed superhuman strength and could smash through walls, while the dapper cloak-clad and fearsome-fanged Drac could turn into a bat, and the short and furry Bruce was a ferocious fighter who could climb up the sheer sides of buildings Spider-Man-style and had a super-sensitive sense of smell.
The Squad had their own customized black Monster Van, and each monster had a \"utility belt\" with a communicator device used to keep in touch with Walt, who had apparently created them for the monsters to use. Their CB-style codenames were \"Chamber of Horrors\" (Walt), \"Nightflyer\" (Drac), \"Green Machine\" (Frank) and \"Furball\" (Bruce).
In several episodes, a statue of the Invisible Man can be seen in an alcove on the opposite side of the monsters' exhibit. It is never explained why this statue remains unaffected by the Crime Computer's oscillating vibrations.
Pure 80s cheese with a nice mix of Goonies and the classic universal monsters, I enjoy this film for the most part. The opening scene is fantastic. Sometimes the movie can get a bit too cheesy and it kinda takes me out of the film, very much towards the end. Never the less this is a fun movie.
A rambunctious burst of cinematic energy, Fred Dekker's \"The Monster Squad\" combines adventure, best pals, and creatures of the night in a film that is as entertaining as it is memorable. Throwing Dracula, a wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, and various other beasties against a group of school-age monster hunters, the film is a crackling, gleeful, and rowdy piece of work. It is the ideal summer matinee, coursing with a joyful, monstrous chill.
Sean (Andre Gower), Horace (Brent Chalem), cool kid Rudy (Ryan Lambert), and the gang may be in junior high, but they still love the Wolfman, Dracula, and the whole ghoulish bunch. When strange things start happening -- a man (Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Gries) shows up at a police station desperate to be locked up to keep him from harming people as a werewolf, a mummy disappears from the museum, Dracula's casket gets dropped in a marsh -- the kids know what they have to do. \"Something's out there and it's killing people,\" announces Sean in their treehouse. \"No one is going to do anything about it but us.\" With the help of Scary German Guy and the diary of vampire-hunter Abraham Van Helsing, the gang learns that every 100 years, the forces of evil can take over the world if a special amulet isn't protected and they fail to find a virgin to read an incantation -- in German. But can they find the amulet, fight the monsters, and save the world, even while their families don't believe them
This movie is a frolicking good time. If you have teens who think they're too old for the Scooby Doo TV series but not old enough for real horror movies like Shaun of the Dead, consider THE MONSTER SQUAD, a little-known 1980s monster movie that's basically Buffy-light.
[Laughs.] I only read that myself, but years and years later, now that I think about it, there is definitely a resemblance. The other thing was he divided all the monsters up and assigned various people to do it. For instance, Tom Woodruff, I believe, was in charge of the Frankenstein monster. Tom Noonan, and yet he himself had actually played the creature who was sculpted by Steve Wang. That was a wonderful thing that Stan did. He gave ownership to all of the people to render these characters after having designed them.
One of the reasons this failed to find its audience is that it was ludicrously stuck with a 15 certificate. There are some great monster effectsa mummy gets a bandage caught and unravels like an old cardigan, and the Wolf Man is literally blown to bloody fragmentsbut the certification was for one (very funny) joke about the teenage heroines virginity which will go over younger childrens heads. 59ce067264