Yay, The Monster Squad is now streaming on Netflix! I don't know a young teenager in the late 80's who didn't simply adore The Monster Squad. It's the film that got many teens of this vintage hooked on horror. It's a salute to all the classic horror archetypes, mostly from the 30's, with the exception of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. We have Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Mummy, and the Wolfman. While they are different in appearance from the originals, I assume this is due to copyright restrictions.
The basic plot is that Dracula and his cohorts were vanquished by Van Helsing many years ago when they tried to rule the world. Now they're back and giving it a second shot. Standing in their way are a group of teen boys who are members of the Monster Squad. They, along with a tag-along younger sister, combat the forces of darkness and, of course, save the world for a second time.
This is a classic piece of 1980's PG horror. Very little blood is shed…but it sure is a lot of fun! Fred Dekker's [House, Night of the Creeps] direction is spot on. It has the feel of a Spielberg adventure with lots of action and a few "steal your heart moments" for good measure. The effects are good for the time and nothing stands out as terrible. It all works quite nicely.
In terms of acting, the cast is mostly unknown but this does not stop them from giving fine performances. They are the kind of kids all of us grew up with and their characters ring true. There is a brief scene with Jason Hervey [Back to the Future, The Wonder Years] who plays bully E.J. Justice is served on him quite quickly in a scene that will make nerds cheer everywhere!
There is not much more to say about The Monster Squad. It's the perfect film for a lazy Sunday afternoon and will be a trip down memory lane for quite a few horror fans out there. Classic stuff!
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.