Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters…
Release Year: 1987
Rating: 6.9/10 (9,502 voted)
Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht
Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.
Writers: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
(as André Gower)
Mary Ellen Trainor
Scary German Guy
(as Jonathan Gries)
The End of the World Starts at Midnight
Release Date: 14 August 1987
Filming Locations: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – 900 Exposition Boulevard, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Did You Know?
The scene where Dracula lifts Phoebe up and she screams was done in one take. Duncan Regehr wouldn't wear his red contacts or fangs around the five year old Ashley Bank because it scared her too much. For the scene, director Fred Dekker just told Ashley to scream once the platform raised her. When she asked, "When?" Dekker told her, "Oh, you'll know," and proceeded to shoot. The terrified scream you hear when Dracula opens his eyes is Ashley's genuine scream of fright.
When the police are trying to stop Dracula one stands in front of him and fires 4 shots but you just hear 4 clicks as they forgot to dub gun shots onto the film.
Scary German Guy:
[as Sean, Patrick, and Horace are leaving Scary German Guy's house]
I expect you boys thought I was some kind of monster myself, mm? A vampire, perhaps? That's quite all right. But I am not, you know. If I were a vampire, then I wouldn't have a reflection…
[points to mirror, where he is clearly visible]
Scary German Guy:
… now would I?
Man, you sure know a lot about monsters.
Scary German Guy:
Now that you mention it, I suppose I do.
[Scary German Guy closes door, revealing a concentration camp tattoo on his wrist]
Fred Dekkar's Other Cult Classic
Prospective Monster Squad viewers may recognize the name Fred Dekkar,
the director of another 80s cult classic, a zombie horror called Night
of the Creeps. Monster Squad follows in that tradition as the
horror-comedy about a gang of young kids who save their town from
Dracula and his goons. In my opinion, Monster Squad is a much more
enjoyable movie than Night of the Creeps.
The Monster Squad refers to a tree house club of five kids who are
self-proclaimed horror fanatics. Little did they know that their
enthusiasm in the genre would suddenly come in handy as their town in
suddenly invaded by Dracula and a few other memorable horror villains
in their classic form. Drac is terrorizing the town, trying to locate a
powerful amulet which has the potential for serious disaster. When no
one else believes the kids, or when no one else is powerful enough to
stop them using traditional crime fighting methods (arresting the
Wolfman didn't seem to work out), the Monster Squad (with the help of
Scary German Guy and Frankenstein) takes things upon themselves to save
This movie was great because, although the monsters may appear somewhat
corny (not forgetting that it is technically a family horror film), it
still has a heap of great qualities. The kids are actually all pretty
cool (especially Rudy, even though his wears his pants so tight, you
can see what side he tucks on). Great music, great cast (Andre Gower,
Robby Kiger, Ryan Lambert, Stephen Macht, and Jon Gries), and great
Fans of obscure 80s movies are sure to add to the cult following. You
won't be disappointed. It is loads of fun. Bona Fortuna!