YMMV / The Monster Squad

  • Broken Base: Scary German Guy's backstory. Interesting Parental Bonus that adds depth to the film, or just a little bit too much?
  • Cult Classic: The film bombed out in theaters, but was eventually "discovered" through cable networks and home video.
  • Designated Hero: The Squad blackmailing a girl with a nude photo of her isn't exactly something that screams "hero."
  • Ear Worm: Michael Sembello's Rock Until You Drop. One of the most stereotypical 80s songs in existence, and it gets played during an extremely 80s-looking Hard Work Montage. Once you hear it, it'll never leave!
  • Fridge Brilliance: Scary German Guy mentions how he knows about real monsters. Then as he closes the door, you can see a concentration camp tattoo on his forearm, which many kids would not recognize, but parents would.
    • Frankenstein's monster once again befriends a little girl... but this time, he saves her from being killed.
  • Fridge Logic: Many questions regarding Dracula and his monster gang. What was Frankenstein's monster even doing on the plane? If that man was a werewolf to begin with, how come no one noticed up until now? Where did the Gill-man come from? Where did Dracula get his car? How can he even summon these monsters to begin with?
    • How come only female virgins count? That could have saved the kids a lot of trouble.
    • The Gillman was apparently in the second crate aboard the plane.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this movie, there's a cheesy horror franchise named "Groundhog Day". In a few years, a film by the same name would become a very well-regarded romantic comedy (albeit a supernatural one).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sure, Dracula has always been pure evil — but in all his incarnations, has he ever done anything as evil as tossing a stick of dynamite into a child's treehouse? Or threaten to snap a little girl's neck?
  • Memetic Mutation: "Wolfman's got nards!"
  • Nightmare Fuel/Kick the Dog: Dracula threatens Phoebe after grabbing her by the throat ("Give me the amulet, you bitch!"). Duncan Regeher refused to do a second take of this scene, as Phoebe's blood-curdling scream is Ashley Bank's genuine reaction to seeing Dracula's glowing eyes for the first time.
    • Dracula in general was just very intimidating in this incarnation. Especially his Terminator-esque Unflinching Walk in the climax.
  • Tear Jerker: Frank gets sucked into the wormhole to stop Dracula for good.
    • The reveal of "Scary German Guy"'s backstory.
    Horace: You sure know a lot about monsters!
    SGG: Now that you mention it... I suppose I do. (Shuts the door as the camera pans to his forearm, bearing a numbered tattoo)
  • Values Dissonance: They blackmail the Girl Next Door by threatening to show pictures of her changing. If they tried that twenty years later, she'd probably be blackmailing them.
    • The casual use of anti-gay slurs dates the film pretty quickly.