Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.
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The same sort of smug and elitist humor of Dekker's Night of the Creeps, but while it feels smarmy in that film, it's permissible here due to it feeling more aimed at children, and having the kids as the main characters. Black's screenplay packs so many great scenes, memorable lines, action set-pieces, and memorable characters into a scant runtime of 82 minutes. Probably the best of all kiddie-horror films.
Imagine Shane Black, the screenwriting god behind "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," penned a kids movie - in which said kids go up against a bevy of classic movie monsters - with the same kind of rapid-fire quips and memorable character beats of his more famous action movie work. Well, you don't need to imagine it, it exists, and hopefully that explains why "Monster Squad" has been an absolute favorite of mine since childhood.
Fred Dekker (director of Night Of The Creeps) made this homage to Our Gang and the Universal monsters. It is such an 80's time capsule it almost feels too perfect to actually have been released during 1987. One of those rare cases where this was my favorite movie during my childhood and it still is my favorite movie as an adult. Rudy is the coolest character ever: "I'm in the goddamn club aren't I?"
It's like an actual child wrote this script; and I'm not saying that's a bad thing. With the exception of Dracula (whose traditional get-up will always be flamboyant and lame looking), the monsters in this are put together really well. The Mummy unraveling into nothing was awesome. An overall fun movie.
The Universal Monsters resurrected in a pure 80's blast that's full of personality and hilarious moments. Had someone mentioned Stan Winston and Shane Black instead of just "wolfman's nards" all these years, I would've watched it much sooner.