31 Days of Horror: Film #7 THE MONSTER SQUAD
Keeping a daily log is a good way to make a week feel long. Anyway. . .
“Creature stole my Twinkie!”
Monster Squad isn’t scary and it’s barely a horror film. However, it features so many classic monsters that it feels right at home on a Halloween watch-list. The Monster Squad is kind of like a horror-obsessed version of the Goonies, with a team of kids fighting off monsters to save the world from annihilation. The best of Universal’s classic monsters show up for the film, all realized with some great Stan Winston effects work. Dracula’s cool and pissed off. Frankenstein’s monster is doing a Boo Radley thing and it’s a nice change for the character. The Creature of the Black Lagoon’s Gillman has never looked better and I personally would’ve liked to have seen more of the creature. And we also get the Mummy and the Wolfman. No Invisible Man, though.
The kids are the heroes but there’s a good deal of language and violence. Like so many monster movies, comic books, and videogames, I think that the film was made for kids in mind, fully aware that their parents would absolutely hate it.
Monster Squad isn’t a favorite of mine but I like it. Cool monsters, some humor, and a fast-paced plot. Plus it’s like the only Shane Black scripted movie that doesn’t take place on Christmas, so that’s something.
The film is currently available to stream on Netflix in the US.
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