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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 7 E 21

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Released: October 21, 2014

Film: The Monster Squad

Tagline: Vampires, Werewolves, and Nards. What else could you need?

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  • Big Damn Heroes: Tamara proves her worth by destroying the Reality Monster by making it view YouTube comments.
  • Call-Back: When the Critic sees Sean's "Stephen King Rules" T-shirt, he begs the kid to never patronize him, having had to listen to Stephen King's rules from the previous episode, complete with a flashback to Pencilhead forcing him to learn to love them.
  • Five-Man Band/The Team
  • Growing Up Sucks: The Reality Monster tries to make them face boring, lame adult responsibilities.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Tamara weaponizes this against the Reality Monster by playing Youtube comments at it.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The Reality Monster nearly wins but is defeated when Tamara unleashes a storm of Internet comments on him.
  • Overly Long Gag: When the Critic says the credits are going to roll slowly, he isn't joking... they roll veryyyy slowly while the "Token Troop" goofs off. The Critic gets tired of it before they're even halfway through the screen.
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  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: The Reality Monster uses his reality-inducing psychic powers this way.
  • Reality Ensues: Literally with the Reality Monster.
  • Shout-Out: A certain 6 fingered journal is used to figure out how to defeat the monster.
    • The NC states that if the Headless Horseman can use a machine gun nowadays, then Dracula can use dynamite too.
    • And This Is for...: While Dracula comes to go stop Phoebe and the Scary German Guy from reading Van Hellsing's journal, he punches out officers trying to stop him while listing all the incarnations of him in other movies that he believed to be an insult.
      (A cop tries to stop Dracula, but gets backhand punched for it) "That's for Dracula Untold!" (A cop hits him with a nightstick, but gets his arm broken) "That's for Dracula: Dead and Loving It!" (Another cop attacks, but gets put in a headlock, then his neck snapped) "That's for Blade: Trinity! I mean Adam Sandler was a better me than Dominic Purcell!" (Two cops try to attack, but they fail) "This is for that ridiculous haircut on Gary Oldman! It looks like an albino's anus for crying out loud!"
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  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Lampshaded In-Universe. As the Token Troop suffer from the Reality Monster's powers, they are shocked to discover that the supposedly family-friendly film has violence, gore, kids using guns, sexual innuendos, a six-year-old girl saying a swear word, and Count Dracula outright calling said girl a bitch directly to her face. When Tamara destroys the monster, they blissfully go back to thinking that it was what made the movie awesome.

C'mon, don't be chickenshit!

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