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The Monster Squad Review

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A group of kids discuss late-night horror pictures, when, suddenly, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, Wolf Man and the Creature From The Black Lagoon all show up looking for a magic potion. The world, it seems, is in danger, and it's up to the kids (the 'monster squad') to save it.

★★★★

One of the reasons this failed to find its audience is that it was ludicrously stuck with a 15 certificate. There are some great monster effects—a mummy gets a bandage caught and unravels like an old cardigan, and the Wolf Man is literally blown to bloody fragments—but the certification was for one (very funny) joke about the teenage heroine’s virginity which will go over younger children’s heads.

Otherwise, this is full of moments you’ll relish: the Fat Kid blasting away at the Creature, Wolf Man getting kicked in the nards, Dr Van Helsing giving a ghostly thumbs-up to the teenage hero, and the final appearance of the bewildered army to deal with the crisis. Also, in a few very sharp semi-throwaway scenes, the film effectively contrasts the innocent wonder of the monster squad as they take on the creatures of the night with the less simplistic troubles their adult friends and relatives have to deal with. Spot on.

Sharper than a stake in it's genre references, The Monster Squad appeals to cinephile as well as teen sensibilities.

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