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 andĀ 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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