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->''"Wolfman's got nards!"''
-->-- [[strike:Fat Kid]] '''[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Horace]]'''

''The Monster Squad'' is a 1987 film directed by Fred Dekker and written by Dekker and Creator/ShaneBlack. The film follows the exploits of a group of [[GenreSavvy genre-savvy]] kids who seek to stop {{Dracula}} -- and a host of other infamous monsters -- from finding a mystical amulet and bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

The film was an out-of-print classic for a long time, but was given a new spiffy DVD release in time for its twentieth anniversary (with a UsefulNotes/BluRay release two years later). The makeup and special effects work on this film is a lesser-known effort of the late Creator/StanWinston (who is better known for the frighteningly realistic puppets from classics as the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' and ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films).

Not to be confused with [[Series/MonsterSquad the Saturday morning TV show]].
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!!'''Tropes found in this film include:'''

* ActionPrologue: The film begins with a prologue of Van Helsing trying to stop Dracula and his minions.
* AdultFear: Sean's dad is told by Dracula that he'll come after his son.
* AffablyEvil: Dracula can come across this way when talking to his fellow monsters, particularly Frank and the Wolfman. But when he's [[NightmareFuel dealing with people...]]
* AllMenArePerverts: Subverted by most of the Squad, including Franky. Only Rudy (and by accident, Franky) takes the pictures of the GirlNextDoor, since the boys aren't old enough to have those kind of feelings yet (They don't ''really'' understand what a virgin is), and one of them is said girl's ''brother''!
* AllGermansAreNazis: Teased with the Scary German Guy, but [[spoiler: he turns out to be the exact opposite - a concentration camp survivor.]]
* ArtifactOfDeath: The Amulet may be concentrated good but it's just as dangerous to innocents as to monsters, as the opening scene shows us.
* AskAStupidQuestion
-->'''Patrick:''' He's not a virgin, you stupid!\\
'''Patrick's sister:''' Did you ask him!?
* ATeamMontage: There is a montage of the heroes using their skills to plan the assault on Dracula and his minions set to "Rock Until You Drop"
* BaitAndSwitch: After catching the boys snooping around his house, Scary German Guy is next seen brandishing a knife in what seems to be a threatening manner... until it turns out that he's actually just serving them some home-made pie, having welcomed them into his house and happily discussing legends of monsters with them.
* BattleAura: Dracula displays one before he lays waste to the local cops.
* BigBad: Dracula's tendency to lead any MonsterMash continues here.
* BigNo: Dracula lets one out as he is sucked into Limbo.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: The kids attempt to [[{{Invoked}} invoke]] this trope, but the church door is padlocked shut.
* BodyHorror: Wolfman [[spoiler: after he's blown apart by dynamite.]] He is still ''awake and aware,'' though he eventually [[PullingThemselvesTogether pulls himself together...]] there's [[SilverBullet only one way to kill a werewolf after all]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: But he does get the consolation prize of best monster movie death ever: '''blown up with a stick of dynamite by''' ''Dracula.''
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Once transformed, the WolfMan is completely subservient to Dracula.
* BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay: During the scene where Rudy shoots the Wolfman with the silver bullet, the bullet in question hasn't been fitted into a cartridge, but yet is still able to be fired from a police-issue revolver.
* BullyHunter: Rudy notices Horace, aka "Fat Kid", getting picked on. He's not pleased and he turns the tables on Horace's tormentors.
* CantYouReadTheSign: Sean wrote "No Girls Allowed" on the door of his treehouse.
-->'''Phoebe:''' Mom says you have to let me in the club or else it's prescription!\\
'''Sean:''' That's "discrimination", jerkoid! Prescription is drugs, which you're on if you think you getting in here!
* CatchPhrase: Frankenstein's monster is very fond of the word "bogus". He even says it in his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* TheCavalry: Not the Army; they arrive too late. But [[spoiler:Van Helsing shows up just in time to drag Dracula to the other side.]]
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The army shows up after everything is settled.
* ClassicalMovieVampire: Dracula follows a lot of his popular depictions, appearing as a suave man in black with neat hair and a stylish cape.
* ClothingDamage: Happens the first time the Wolfman wolfs out in an ambulance: claws burst from his shoes.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Sean:''' You guys... Dracula might be here too.\\
'''Patrick:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Aww, man! Fat Kid farted!]]\\
'''Fat Kid:''' Did not!\\
(the entire club started arguing)\\
'''Sean:''' Goddamn it, will you ''[[BigShutUp SHUT UP]]?!'' [[NotListeningToMeAreYou Didn't you hear a word I said?!]]
* CoolCar: You wanna ask about the car?
** ''What about the car??''
*** I thought you'd never ask about the car -- black hearse with a silver skull hood-ornament. Very cool.
** Scary German Guy's Land Rover, too.
* CoolOldGuy: Scary German Guy is bitchin'!
* CoolShades: Rudy wears sunglasses.
* CosmicKeystone: The Amulet, which can be used to open a portal to Limbo and is only vulnerable to being destroyed once every hundred years.
* CurseCutShort: "Holy shi- Cow! Cow!"
* DangerTakesABackSeat: The man who becomes the Wolfman causes an incident at the police station when he tries to get the cops to lock him up, and when he grabs an officer's gun he's shot several times and apparently dies. He's taken away in an ambulance and transforms during the ride, grabbing the driver from behind and killing him.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Dracula slowly walks up to 6-year-old Phoebe and caresses her cheek before grabbing her.
* DramaticGunCock: Horace does a dramatic gun cock after killing the Gill-Man and while responding to the other kids again calling him "Fat Kid".
-->'''Horace''': My name...is Horace!
* TheDreaded: Rudy is this to the bullies at his school. They panic just from the sight of him.
* DriveInTheater: Sean lives near one, and occasionally takes to the roof to catch free movies with his dad.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: The Wolfman, who thanks Rudy with his dying breath.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: Most of the characters refer to Horace as "Fat Kid".
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Scary German Guy is only ever called Scary German Guy.
* ExactWords: The spell that will activate the amulet calls for a virgin. However, it doesn't say anything about an age-requirement.[[note]]Or technically a gender requirement for that matter, but it was TheEighties and AManIsNotAVirgin.[[/note]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Some is provided by the girl in the window being shown undressing, who turns out to be Patrick's sister.
* FishPeople: Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon . Well, his AlternateCompanyEquivalent anyway. Often referred to as "the Gillman".
* FoeTossingCharge: After [[spoiler: getting shot mid-flight,]] Dracula [[LetsGetDangerous finally decides to stop fooling around]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwLNb_-qaA&feature=related murders a bunch of cops without even breaking stride.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: The shot of the picture frame with a photo of the Sean's family has a crack on the glass.
* GenreThrowback: to the Franchise/UniversalHorror CrossOver films of the '40s such as ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'', which brought pre-existing monsters together onscreen for [[ExcusePlot little reason]] other than it [[RuleOfCool being cool]]. ''The Monster Squad'' ups the ante by having ''five'' recognizable monsters rather than the usual two or three, but otherwise is very much in the spirit of the classic films.
* GentleGiant: Frankenstein is shown to be more good-natured than the other monsters.
* GilliganCut: "Two-thousand year old dead guys do not get up and walk away by themselves!" Cut to the two-thousand year old dead guy, walking away by himself.
* GroinAttack: The kids have an argument about whether the Wolfman has anything "down there". A kick to the Wolfman's crotch later in the movie reveals the truth of the hypothesis.
* HauntedCastle: An actual castle, then a gothic mansion, complete with TrapDoor.
* HeelFaceTurn: Frankenstein ends up siding with the heroes after befriending Phoebe.
* HeyYouHaymaker: "Hey, asshole!" ''*Wolfman turns around*'' "You looked!" '''*WHACK!*'''
* {{Homage}}: The scene with Frankenstein and Phoebe by the pond is a ShoutOut to the original [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein]] movie, when a little girl attempts to play with the monster by a lake. In this film, it ends much better for the little girl.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Touched upon when the kids point out that Scary German Guy knows a lot about monsters. After he agrees that he does and the kids leave, the camera focuses on a tattoo on his arm, which is similar to the kind that the Nazis administered to Jewish prisoners during World War II.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Sean's father shoots Dracula in bat form out of the sky, with his non-dominant hand, while driving a car.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Fat Kid uses a slice of pizza (heavy in garlic) to scar Dracula.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Rudy, Patrick and his sister were waiting for Sean, Fat Kid, and Eugene at the drive-in, already 10pm. Patrick's sister mockingly thinks that "maybe the monsters got them".
-->'''Rudy:''' Neh neh neh neh neh!
* KickTheDog[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: Dracula is at his cruelest when he [[NeckLift grabs Phoebe by the neck]] and bellows "Give me the amulet, you bitch!"
* KidsAreCruel: If one were to take a drink whenever the kids made an anti-gay or anti-fat joke, you'd be very soused by the credits.
* KillTheCutie: The peasant girl in the opening scene gets killed.
* LampshadeHanging: Rudy at one point asks how the dog has managed to get in the treehouse.
-->'''Rudy''': How does that dog get up here anyway?
* MagicPants: Wolfman has pants that don't tear as he transforms so you don't see his "wolf dork"; they can also reassemble themselves.
* MatchCut:
** Rudy's first spit take, then a rock thrown in the pond.
** The Wolfman grabs the ambulance driver, then we have a woman screaming (which turns out to be a movie Sean wanted to see).
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Duncan Regehr, who played Dracula, is one of these. At the end of his Foe-Tossing Charge, he comes face to face with little Phoebe, caresses her cheeks, then [[NeckLift picks her up with one hand under her chin]] and growls, "Give me the amulet, you bitch!" He refused to say this to her face and would only say it to a dummy, but Phoebe's scream of terror was real: Dracula's hissing and fangs terrified her. Duncan would never wear the fangs or red contacts around her for just that reason and spent some time afterward reconciling with her.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Scary German Guy turns out to be very cordial to the heroes and even helps them stop Dracula and the other monsters.
* MonsterMash: The movie features Dracula, the Wolfman, a mummy, Frankenstein's monster, and the Gill-Man. The ActionPrologue also features a zombie at one point.
* MoodWhiplash: A major problem with the film is that it doesn't really know if it wants to be a a tongue-in-cheek MonsterMash or a family friendly adventure film with little horror-flavor thrown in. This leads into awkward moments where the [[MoodDissonance level of gore/body count doesn't really match with the general mood of the scene]] and funny moments are followed by serious ones with little to none time catch breath in between.
** Scary German Guy's [[TheHolocaust implied backstory]] is a serious case of this -- many of the target audience didn't understand the significance of his tattoo, and had to ask their rather stunned parents.
* MyCard: The very last line of the movie has Sean give a card of The Monster Squad to the army. Also a TitleDrop and BrickJoke.
* NoNameGiven: Scary German Guy and Patrick's older sister are never referred to by their names in the movie. Scary German Guy even lets the squad call him that several times without correcting them.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Averted and lampshaded. At one point, two members of the Monster Club debate over whether or not the Wolfman has nards. It turns out he does when a GroinAttack works on him.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Dracula at one point prematurely boasts that he and his forces can't be bested.
* OddFriendship: Rudy's first line in the movie has him state that Horace is his friend. Makes one wonder how a goofy, nerdy fat kid and the school's coolest badass became friends in the first place.
** Given the follow-up scene where Horace introduces Rudy to his friends it's likely that they weren't friends until that point, and that Rudy got involved simply because he just hates bullies and claiming friendship with Horace would ensure that the bullies would leave Horace alone after that point.
*** It's also implied a couple of times that befriending Horace was mainly to ingratiate him to Horace's friends and get him into the Monster Squad treehouse...which is the perfect vantage point for snapping pictures of Patrick's sister changing in her bedroom.
* OffhandBackhand: A cop attempts to stop Dracula during the climax. Dracula just punches him in the face and keeps walking.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Horace's friends and bullies call him "Fat Kid".
* OpeningScroll:
--> ''One hundred years before this story begins, it was a time of darkness in Transylvania, a time when Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and a small band of freedom fighters conspired to rid the world of vampires and monsters and to save mankind from the forces of eternal evil.''

--> ''They blew it.''
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: At the stroke of midnight, the [[MacGuffin amulet]] opens up a black hole straight to Limbo.
* PapaWolf: Sean's father gets a call that Sean is in danger, and immediately leaps into action, eventually even shooting Dracula in bat form out of the sky!
* ParentalBonus: A decidedly non-joke example - after the Scary German Guy mentions that he's had prior experience with monsters, the camera points to a strange tattoo on his forearm; no younger viewer would be expected to recognize that as a [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust concentration camp ID tattoo]].
* PeopleInRubberSuits: Done well, thanks to Stan Winston. Many people consider the costume and effects for the Gillman in this film to be the best representation of the [[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon Gill Man]] in film history, despite the fact that he gets very little screen time.
* PoliceAreUseless:
** The police do nothing to stop the monsters, at least until the Wolfman informs Sean's dad that Dracula will kill his son.
** The Army isn't entirely useless, however, seeing as they get up and ready for battle with monsters on the word of a six-year-old kid. They arrive after the battle's already gone down, granted, but you have to applaud the effort.
* PowerFloats: Dracula doesn't need to turn into a bat to fly.
* ProductPlacement: Pepsi, Adidas, and Burger King are shown prominently in the film.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: Wolf Man's severed limbs can rejoin themselves. See also MagicPants.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom Resulting in Dracula being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* {{Recycled IN SPACE}}: Charles Band's ''The Creeps'' is ''The Monster Squad'' '''WITH MIDGETS!'''
* RevealShot: The Wolfman walks through a swamp, and quickly looks to his right to find Dracula and the Mummy standing by him.
* RunningGag: Rudy keeps spitting his drink.
* SarcasmMode: "Maybe the monsters got em."
* ScreamingWarrior: The Wolfman begs to be locked up so he can't hurt anyone while in his wolf form. When the cops don't take him seriously, he gets violent and continues screaming that they do something about him before he transforms.
-->'''Wolfman''': '''''LOCK ME UUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!'''''
* SdrawkcabName: Sean sees the name Alucard on a contacts list at his home and figures out that it must be an alias being used by Dracula.
* SeekingSanctuary: The heroes try to seek refuge in a church...except it's locked.
* SilverBullet: "Only one way to kill a werewolf."
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Dracula uses the phrase to reference Wolfman's transformation.
* TheSoCalledCoward: "Fat Kid" Horace guns down the Gill Man while his former bullies cower and watch.
* SpitTake: Rudy, after asked by Sean if he knows any virgins. And Rudy again, upon opening up some freshly developed photos, discovers that Frankenstein (accidentally) snapped a perfect pic of the Girl Next Door undressing.
* StabTheSalad: "Children, your time is almost up..." ''*brandishes butcher knife*'' "...It's your last chance for more pie!"
* SuperStrength: The titular Monsters (save for the {{Mummy}}). Each one of them gets a scene where they demonstrate being immensely strong. Curiously, it seems to be the [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Gillman's]] only power (aside from his NightmareFace), as he [[spoiler: gets gunned down pretty easily]].
* TheSlowWalk: Played deadly straight towards the end of the film, when Dracula brutally beats up and murders a bunch of cops without breaking his stride towards Phoebe and the amulet.
* TheUndead: The movie features quite a few undead monsters. DemBones, FrankensteinsMonster, the {{Mummy}}, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires.]]
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Horace pulls one off as an AwesomeMoment when his former bullies still call him "Fat Kid", even while trying to thank him for saving their lives:
-->'''E.J.''': Hey Fat Kid! Good job!
-->'''Horace''' (pumping a shotgun): "My name... is ''Horace''!"
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Eugene finds the mummy in his closet.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: When the Wolfman finally dies, he reverts back to his human form, who thanks Rudy before expiring.
* TragicMonster: The Wolfman and Frankenstein are somewhat more sympathetic than the other monsters. Also the Vampire Girls, who, earlier in the film were terrified human girls locked up by Dracula.
* TransformationSequence: Occurs twice with the Wolfman. The second wolf-out happens inside a phone booth.
* UnflinchingWalk:
** When Dracula blows up the tree house with a stick of dynamite. "Meeting adjourned."
** Also later when he goes to stop Phoebe at the end, punching out all the cops in his way.
* UnusualEuphemism: The word "dork" is used to refer to the Wolfman's penis at one point. Later, Rudy uses it as a verb when trying to ask Patrick's sister if she is a virgin.
* VirginPower: Required to activate the amulet. Patrick's sister is revealed to not be a virgin ("DOESN'T ''COUNT?!")'' but little five-year-old Phoebe is. Also, it seems to be an unspoken rule that said virgin ''has'' to be female, although admittedly the majority of the main cast - who are incidentally eligible - don't really know what a virgin ''is.''
* WolfMan: One of the monsters is a werewolf.

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->''"And yes, Wolfman still has nards."''
-->--'''Fred Dekker''', from the DVD insert