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HorrorBid's 31 Days of Horror: The Monster Squad

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!
Matt_Molgaard Friday 10/14/2011 at 12:01 AM | 85035
Best. Movie. Ever.

So much fun. I absolutely love this movie and show it to as many people as I can.
baristo Friday 10/14/2011 at 12:12 AM | 85038
Another solid choice Matt. What I love is that your not picking obvious choices for your daily selections. Is there any way you can continue this next month? LOL!
Anonymous Friday 10/14/2011 at 12:22 AM | 85041
Loved this flick nce I was a kid. Wish there were more kid-friendly horror offerings like this out these days (that aren't utter tripe). Best I can offer my nephew is Nightmare Before Christmas. At least they put out the anniversary edition DVD of Monster Squad!
dew Friday 10/14/2011 at 12:26 AM | 85042
Best. Movie. Ever.

So much fun. I absolutely love this movie and show it to as many people as I can.

I've done the same thing ha. I have made all my friends watch it, and they have all loved it. Great pick matt!
darkdeepwoods16 Friday 10/14/2011 at 02:11 AM | 85055
"Wolfman's got nards..." Best line ever!
Sephit Friday 10/14/2011 at 05:33 PM | 85085
Yes, great choice!

This is among the many movies I watched ritually as a kid.

I had it recorded from HBO circa 1988 I believe.

It was on a tape with, strangely enough, The Lost Boys and Who's That Girl.

I still love this movie and I still get creeped out when Dracula says, "give me the amulet you bitch"!
Madloomis78 Saturday 10/15/2011 at 06:21 AM | 85126