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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 Shane Black. 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 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 ''{{Terminator}}'' and ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films).

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

* ActionPrologue
* AdultFear: "I will have your 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 All Boys Are Perverts]]: When not discussing monsters, most of the time spent in the treehouse is spent trying (in vain) to snap a picture of the Girl Next Door undressing.
** Only Rudy (and by accident, Franky) takes the pictures, 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 he turns out to be 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: "Rock Until You Drop"
* BattleAura: Dracula displays one before he lays waste to the local cops.
* BetterThanItSoundsFilm
* 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 ''[[NightmareFuel awake and aware,]]'' though he eventually [[PullingThemselvesTogether pulls himself together...]] there's [[SilverBullet only one way to kill a werewolf after all]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Once transformed, the WolfMan is completely subservient to Dracula.
** Dracula also uses a silver skull on top of his cane.
* 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.]]
* ClassicalMovieVampire: Dracula.
* 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
* CosmicKeystone: The Amulet.
* 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.
* TheDreaded: Rudy is this to the bullies at his school.
* 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.
* {{Fanservice}}: The girl in the window, who turns out to be Patrick's sister
* FishPeople: Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon . Well, his AlternateCompanyEquivalent anyway. Often referred to as "the Gillman".
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Sean
** TheLancer: Rudy
** TheSmartGuy: Patrick
** TheBigGuy: Horace (aka Fat Kid)
** TheChick: Phoebe
** TagalongKid: Eugene
** TeamPet: Pete the dog
* 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.]]
* GentleGiant: Frankenstein.
* 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 groin attack on the Wolfman later in the movie reveals the truth of the hypothesis.
* HauntedCastle: An actual castle, then a gothic mansion, complete with TrapDoor.
* HeelFaceTurn: Frankenstein, again.
* 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 {{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.
* 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.
* 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.
* LampshadeHanging: "How does that dog get up here anyway?"
* MagicPants: Wolfman has these 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.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Scary German Guy.
* MonsterMash
* [[TransformationSequence Monstrous Transformation]]: Occurs twice with the Wolfman. The second wolf-out happens inside a phone booth.
* 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 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.
* NoNameGiven: The German man and Patrick's older sister are never referred to by their names in the movie.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Averted and lampshaded.
* NothingCanStopUsNow
* 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.
* OffhandBackhand: A cop attempts to stop Dracula during the climax. Dracula just punches him in the face and keeps walking.
* 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.''
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* 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 [[WorldWarII 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 - at least until the Wolfman says Dracula will kill the cop's 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
* ProductPlacement: Pepsi, Adidas, and Burger King.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: Wolf Man's severed limbs can rejoin themselves. See also MagicPants.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom Resulting in Dracula being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* RecycledINSPACE: Charles Band's ''The Creeps'' is ''The Monster Squad'' '''WITH MIDGETS!'''
* RunningGag: Rudy keeps spitting his drink.
* SarcasmMode: "Maybe the monsters got em."
* ScreamingWarrior: "'''''LOCK ME UUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!'''''"
* SdrawkcabName: And its {{Alucard}}, natch.
* SeekingSanctuary: The heroes try to seek refuge in a church...except it's locked.
* 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 it. 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 murders a bunch of cops without breaking his stride towards Phoebe and the amulet.
* TheUndead: 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
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: When the Wolfman finally dies, he reverts back to his human form, who thanks Rudy before expiring.
* TragicMonster: The Wolfman and Frankenstein.
* UnusualEuphemism: Did you know "dork" was a verb? Well, you do ''now!''
* 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.
* WolfMan: Yep. He's in the movie.
** He also has [[spoiler: genitalia]].

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