The Monster Squad – Nostalgiathon 2012
Yay Nostalgiathon! In case you’re looking for even more nostalgia, head on over to the Nostalgiathon 2012 page to all the latest entries – there’s some super fun stuff there!
On an unrelated note, I’m in a show that opens this weekend which of course means a full week of tech and dress rehearsals so I will be around all spotty like. And let’s not even talk about January just yet. It’s gearing up to be a wild ride…
The back story:
Once upon a time, there was a wee lass named Misty who was all of seven years old. Misty’s parents thought it would be absolutely delightful to show her a little film called The Monster Squad. Why would they do this? Who knows? Unfortunately for Misty’s parents, this experiment did NOT end well. As a matter of fact, the wee lass sat up ALL NIGHT LONG refusing to sleep because she KNEW that at any moment Dracula would walk through her bedroom door and do something horrendous. And as we all know, if a wee one doesn’t sleep, the adults don’t sleep. This was the occasion that led to the horror movie ban in Misty’s life, the ban that would not be lifted until her sixteenth birthday.
I revisited The Monster Squad (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition) specifically for Nostalgiathon. I literally had not seen it since that oh so wonderful viewing at the age of 7 and my memory mostly consisted of the traumatic aftermath. When asked about this film before curling into the fetal position, I would simply say, “Classic movie monsters come back and kids have to fight them.”
First, I’d like to say…Mom & Dad, what the hell were you thinking showing me this??? Dracula picks up a 5 year old girl by the chin and calls her a bitch – how was I not supposed to think he had a deeply intense hatred of tiny children of the female variety and would hunt me down? Sheesh! (Btw, I do so totally love my parents, I just don’t know what they were thinking here. *giggles*)
Second, this movie is absolutely a classic. Awesome kids, great one-liners and an all around good time – way perfect for adolescent boys especially, methinks. And ah, the 80s when kids could curse like sailors and check out scantily clad women in the movies all while smoking ciggies or being smoked around. Such a simpler time…*sighs*
This is one I just sort of assume everyone has seen but if not – well…classic movie monsters come back and kids fight them. See, my hazy memories were correct. It’s kinda like The Goonies (which I love) but with some real drama. The old German guy for one? Had no memory of that and when I saw him talking about monsters, it kind of broke my heart a little. I was NOT expecting something like that to be in a “kids’” movie.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:
If I had watched this when I was oh, say 12, I would’ve been head over heels in love with Rudy. He was such a bad ass. 12 year old Misty would’ve *swooned* over that kid.
Eugene: Is she a versgin?
Scary German Guy: Yes, she can do it!
Patrick: She can’t read, she’s five years old!
Scary German Guy: I’ll help her!
EVERYTHING about the above exchange cracked me up. Just EVERYTHING.
That freaking adorable dog. So cute.
Frankenstein for the WIN!
Not gonna lie, through jaded adult eyes some of the middle got a bit boring but overall one fun ride and definitely worth the revisit!
Posted on 2012.26.November, in American Cinema, Horror Comedy, Oldies but Goodies and tagged andywatchesmovies, cinemaschminema, long live the 80s, nostalgiathon 2012, remember when, the monster squad. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.