Finally The Monster Squad is on DVD and you can now ue your bootlegs as coasters
This New DVD Release Includes
A newly Mastered 16x9 Widescreen Transfer
Remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
Original 2.0 Dolby Stereo Audio
English & Spanish Subtitles
English Close Captions
Audio Commentary with Writer Director Fred Dekker , and "Squad Members" Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, and Ashley Bank
Audio Commentary with Writer Director Fred Dekker and Director of Photography Bradford May
Monster Squad For Ever: Documentary a 5 part retrospective featuring new interviews with Fred Dekker, Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert Ashley Blank, Duncan Regehr Tom Noonan and more
Never before seen conversation with the monster himself that's right Frankenstein
Trailers and TV spots
The Monster Squad is a comedy/horror film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker (who also wrote/directed Night of the Creeps). It was released by
Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the classic monsters (re-imagined by a team of special effects artists including Stan Winston), led by Dracula (Duncan
12-year-old Sean Crenshaw and his best friend Patrick are die hard monster fanatics. Along with their friend Horace (nicknamed Fat Kid),junior high tough guy Rudy, Sean's kid
sister Phoebe, and little Eugene they come together and talk monsters. But when Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, and The Mummy come to their small town to get
an amulet to control the world, Sean leads his friends into action to protect their town from the forces of evil
The film was first released by Vestron Video in 1988. It was the film's only VHS release.
A 20th Anniversary Reunion of The Monster Squad was held with cast members and Director Fred Dekker in attendance in February 2007. Previously, Dekker had urged any interested
fans to write the copyright holders via snail-mail.
The special edition DVD also makes a few references to the death of Brent Chalem, who played "Horace", of pneumonia in 1997. Chalem's childhood film career failed to generate
much success into adulthood, forcing him to become a paralegal.
* The picture that Frankenstein's monster takes of Patrick's sister undressing in front of the window is actually of a blond girl in a black shirt.
* According to director Fred Dekker the film was cut by ca. 13 minutes because some executives didn't want it to run more than 90 minutes.
* Dustin Diamond had a small role as a kid who tries to sell comic books to the boys, but this was later cut.
* Liam Neeson was paid for a bit part that was never shot.
* There is a poster for the Lucio Fulci film Zombi 2 (1979) visible in the background of the club house.
* The scene where Dracula lifts Phoebe up and she screams was done in one take. Duncan Regehr wouldn't wear his red contacts or fangs around the five year old Ashley Bank
because it scared her too much. For the scene, director Fred Dekker just told Ashley to scream once the platform raised her. When she asked, "When?" Dekker told her, "Oh,
you'll know," and proceeded to shoot. The terrified scream you hear when Dracula opens his eyes is Ashley's genuine scream of fright.
* There are at least two versions of Michael Sembello's end-credit song. In some versions, dating back to VHS release days, there is a lyric referring to "..the creature
swimmin' in the pool". As of 2007, in the recent HD cable release, this is replaced simply by "..the Creature From The Black Lagoon".