YMMV / The Monster Squad

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Allegedly why the film took a while to find its audience. Adults perceived it as a kid's movie and parents thought it was too scary to let their kids see.
  • Cliché Storm: The movie is a nice little time capsule of tropes from 80s live-action kids movies.
  • 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!
  • Evil Is Cool: Bela Lugosi still holds the honor of most iconic portrayal, but props still go to Duncan Regehr for the hands-down coolest and most badass depiction of Count Dracula on film.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Memetic Mutation: "Wolfman's got nards!"
  • 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?
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
    • Wolfman sincerely thanking Rudy as he lays dying from the silver bullet Rudy shot him with.
    • 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)