We here at HorrorBid will be recommending one specific treasure for everyday of the month. The ultimate goal is mple; encourage the masses to seek out stellar films that fit the seasonal mold. While I’m certain plenty of our faithful readers will find some of these films predictable, or at the least familiar, we still feel as though a friendly reminder can go a long way towards renewed enjoyment.
On deck for October 13th (apologies go out to the Bidites for misng yesterday’s installment, illness kept me delined for the majority of the day), is the legendary homage picture, The Monster Squad. Fred Dekker helmed this wonderful tribute that showcases some of Universal’s most legendary monsters, including Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein and more. And I'll be honest, he hit a homerun that rivals clasc features like The Goonies and E.T.
The gist is mple: Dracula is gathering all his buddies (the Mummy and the Creature are in tow as well) in an attempt to rule contemporary times. A group of monster studying kids and a select handful of adult-believers are the only obstacles that Dracula and his small horde must face.
What makes this film so damn endearing is the humanity inde the film. The return of mega monsters is wonderful, and the aesthetic prowess of the maneuver certainly summons nostalgia, but it’s the children, and their relationships with each other and their parents that really shine. There’s some fantastic comedy at work, and the young cast are not only serviceable, they’re believable in every sense of the word.
If you love throwback features you’ll dig this movie. If you love homage films, you’ll love this movie. If you happen to prefer a little comedy with your horror, you’ll really, really love this movie: Nuff said!