The one thing almost everyone knows about The Monster Squad is “Wolfman’s got nards.” What started as a seemingly throwaway line of dialogue struck a chord with audiences and, to this day, remains a must-know geek quote. Outside of that, though, The Monster Squad, directed by Fred Dekker and co-written by he and Shane Black, is a mostly forgotten piece of eighties entertainment. The film was released on August 14, 1987 – 25 years ago today – and that weekend ended up 12th at the box office behind such would be classics like RoboCop and The Lost Boys. Its $1.9 million opening weekend accounted for over half the film’s total gross and it would be out of theaters in two short weeks, making hardly a blip in a stellar year that brought us not only the two films mentioned above but The Untouchables, Predator, Dirty Dancing, Wall Street, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead II , Spaceballs, Hellraiser and Raising Arizona, just to name a few.

Let’s be honest. 2012 is the 25th anniversary of all those films too and all are, surely, more deserving of their own column. But we always talk about Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead II and RoboCop. Who ever talks about The Monster Squad? I know, as a seven-year-old boy, no film excited me more. It made me go out and pretend to fight monsters, start my own monster club with my brother and even pay to have our own business cards made, just like in the movie. Yes, it’s just a simple little story of a bunch of kids who band together to fight Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, with a little help from Frankenstein, but if 25 years have told us anything, it’s that The Monster Squad is much more than “Wolfman’s got nards.”

After the jump, read an 25th anniversary interview with the film’s director Fred Dekker and some more of my personal ruminations on this, the silver anniversary of The Monster Squad. Read More »

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Fred Dekker isn’t a household name but, for a large portion of us, his films are household essentials. Films like Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad are cult classics revered almost thirty years later and this Saturday Night in Burbank, CA, they’ll both be celebrated. Chogrin presents an event called Monster Creeps, a one night only art show featuring works inspired by those two films followed by an intimate, big screen screening of The Monster Squad. Dekkar will be on hand to for a signing and will be part of a Q&A, moderated and led by yours truly. We’ll premiere some of the art later this week, but we wanted to alert everyone to this awesome event so you can begin to set your schedule. Get all the specifics after the jump as well as your first look at the event poster by Justin Gray. Read More »

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Back in May, StudioCanal announced that they would be teaming with Neal Moritz’s Original Films to reboot Cliffhanger. At the time, not much was known about the project aside from the fact that it would be big budget and would center on a group of young climbers on “multiple cliff-face locations.” At the time, Moritz said that they were searching for a screenwriter, and hoping to begin production in 2010.

Our friends at FirstShowing might have come across a scoop regarding the film’s scribe. While attending a Santa Monica screening of The Monster Squad, director Fred Dekker revealed that he is “currently writing Cliffhanger 2.” It is interesting that he referred to the project as “Cliffhanger 2″ and not a remake or reboot of Cliffhanger. Is it possible that the story has Sylvester Stallone set to return as Gabe Walker? Or are we reading too much into a quick comment. Probably the latter.
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