The Monster Squad (director Fred Dekker in person!)

The Monster Squad was, is and always will be a waaaaay better kids’ adventure film than the glory-hogging Goonies, no matter what any ‘80s-nostalgia-loving film fan tells you. That’s because director Fred Dekker and co-writer Shane Black (creator of Lethal Weapon) know what kids really want — scary monsters! Dekker dusts off the Universal vaults for classic, yet fresh takes on Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Gill Man and the Wolf Man (who, it turns out, has nards!), and pits them all against a gang of wise-crackin’, foul-mouthed kids. Hilarity, hijinks and horror ensue, resulting in a delightfully spooky romp that’s well on its way to “unsung classic” status. Like The Wizard of Oz and It’s A Wonderful Life (yes, we’re going there), The Monster Squad was overlooked in its day, and until recently was only available on dusty old VHS. We’re putting those horrible days behind us by placing this monsterpiece back where it belongs — on the big screen. Director Fred Dekker in person!
Dir. Fred Dekker, 1987, 35mm, 82 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Monster Squad”!