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: Christopher Lee 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?
      • Count Dracula is an aristocrat and quite wealthy. He probably chartered the flight himself (which looked a bit shady, so he probably had them bypass US Customs), had the hearse transported to the United States or simply bought it and didn't bother registering it (he's supernatural and plans to take over the world, so why bother putting plates on his car). There's even a brief scene where he left a message for Sean with an offer to buy the diary using an alias.
      • He was most likely laying low with the other monsters until their strongest moment. Also, every one-hundred years, there's a sort of peak in power with the amulet being at the center of it. Wolfman himself probably didn't notice until a few days before the altercation at the police station.
    • How come only female virgins count? That could have saved the kids a lot of trouble. Although it was The '80s, and A Man Is Not a Virgin (or a group of pre-teen boys).
      • Biology? Sexism? Tradition? Any of them are possible explanations.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this movie, there's a cheesy horror franchise named "Groundhog Day", which the father criticizes for being extremely repetitive. In a few years, a film by the same name would become a very well-regarded romantic comedy (albeit a supernatural one), which is about things being extremely repetitive.
  • 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? And calling her a bitch to her face to boot?
  • 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. As well as the brutal Curbstomp Battle he gives to the cops trying to stop him, which includes breaking their arms and breaking one's neck.
  • 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.
      • Also, how utterly frantic the guy'd been to get himself locked up at the police station.
    • 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)