In 1987, director Fred Dekker released The Monster Squad. The film was a major box office disappointment but caught fire on home video, gaining fans over the years. Decades later, it’s a cult classic with a dedicated, passionate fan base. That fan base willed the film onto DVD and caught the attention of Hollywood. In particular, attention came from Platinum Dunes, the team behind multiple horror remakes and this weekend’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They began developing a remake of the property back in 2010 and even hired writers. Since then though, nothing has really come of the remake. Now, in a new interview, the Platinum Dunes team admitted it’s finally dead. Read more about the Monster Squad remake below. Read More »
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‘The Monster Squad’ Was Released 25 Years Ago Today: Fred Dekker Talks About the Film’s Reception and Anniversary
Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
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 »
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Growing up, I wanted to be a member of The Monster Squad. They were the Ghostbusters but younger, The Lost Boys but living, The Karate Kid but with friends. And they could curse and shoot shotguns. Fred Dekkar‘s salute to childhood and Universal monsters didn’t do too well at the box office, but has since become an all-time cult classic. Fans of the film probably also know that his first movie, Night of the Creeps, enjoys the same kind of underground success and fans of both those films have something very special happening Saturday night in Los Angeles. Something I’m proud to be a part of.
Monster Creeps is a one night only tribute to the first two films of director Fred Dekkar: Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad. It begins at 8 p.m. with a two hour gallery show of art inspired by the film during which Dekkar will a signing. Then, once that’s over, things shift over to a Q&A that I’ll be hosting with the writer/director before an intimate screening of The Monster Squad.
After the jump, check out a bunch of art from the show and read all the information you’ll need to attend. Hope to see you there. Read More »
/Film LA: Monster Creeps – Fred Dekker’s ‘Night of the Creeps’ and ‘The Monster Squad’ Art Show, Screening and Q&A
Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
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 »
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Hey! Remember the ’80s? Of course you do! Movies like The Goonies, The Princess Bride, Gremlins, Back to the Future, Krull and The Monster Squad got worn out in your VHS player as your penchant for film fandom either developed or blossomed. Everyone has their favorite films from the period and, fairly regularly, we feature outstanding art to back that statement up. Today is no different. Todd Brown of Twitch Film recently programmed a series of classic 1980s kids films in Toronto and had Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative design limited edition posters for the screenings. Sounds pretty standard, right? Wrong. Erickson’s prints were so limited that they never went on sale to the general public.
After wading through some legal red tape (meaning the removal of all proper names) Twitch and Phantom City Creative (who recently did that awesome Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared piece) can now legally sell all of these beautiful tributes to some of your favorite films of the Eighties. All the films mentioned above are represented along with The Last Starfighter, Time Bandits and The Dark Crystal. After the jump, check them all out and find out where you can purchase them. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
In March it was announced that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was developing a remake of Fred Dekker‘s 1987 movie The Monster Squad, written by Dekker and Shane Black. Producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Rob Cohen have been meeting with writers, and have finally hired someone to pen the remake. Heatvision also reveals that the plan is to turn the family-oriented property into a potential franchise.
Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
In 2008, we heard that Platinum Dunes had the option to make a film based on the classic slumber party and devil-summoning game Ouija Board, with few details beyond the assertion that it wouldn’t be like Jumanji. Now, as the release date approaches for the latest Dunes movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, producer Brad Fuller is talking about some of the company’s future projects. Among them is Ouija.
His comments after the break, along with a super-brief update on The Monster Squad and The Birds. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Fred Dekker‘s 1987 movie The Monster Squad, written by Dekker and Shane Black, is a film that couldn’t be made today. Not because it was groundbreaking, but because it has a blend of enthusiastic naivite, fun effects, and young actors that don’t look like they were cloned from the same attractive DNA and grown in a vat hidden in Santa Monica.
Which means, of course, that a remake is happening. Almost two years ago Rob Cohen, who produced the original, mentioned that the rights to the film were back at Paramount and that he was working on a deal with the studio to produce a remake. We haven’t heard anything since then, but now a company is indeed working with Cohen on the remake: Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Read More »