Just got back from a screening of THE MONSTER SQUAD with Andre Gower (Sean), Ryan Lambert (Rudy), and Ashley Bank (Phoebe) there for a Q&A hosted by one of Shudder’s curator (I actually have a legit short term memory thing where I forget people’s names easily if other stuff is going on and Google failed me sorry ) and they were totally awesome.
Fun things learned:
Because of how little time children are legally allowed to be on set, they never met Tom Noonan, they only met fully in character Frankenstein’s Monster. Andre Gower mentioned his immediate regret at renting Manhunter years later because he saw Tom Noonan’s face to be “even worse.”
Duncan Regehr (Dracula) was terrifying to all of the kids even when he was just showing up to get into makeup/whatever.
A lot of creative editing was done to have violent language/stuff happening “to” the kids (especially Phoebe). The movie isn’t the way it is just because “kids could do this in the movies in the 80s” or whatever they had to really work for the effect. And it’s really cool how some of that can stand out when you know it but the pacing and editing of the movie is so good that it never hurts it. It’s just awesome and fun from start to finish.
Andre Gower originally read/auditioned to play Rudy, and he got the lead kid role instead but at the time was really sad he didn’t get to be the cool kid.
They’re making a documentary about Monster Squad/its fandom and so were filming a bit during the Q&A. Which is good since there was a family that loved the movie so much they all were wearing t-shirts they had made of its poster a long time ago.
Also I feel blessed that I’ve watched this movie a lot since I first saw it as a kid, but I watch it JUST so little that I always forget how they use a black string to pull the Mummy’s skull across the road and it just sits there fully visible on screen and really stands out. But it’s amazing and adds to the expert tonal shifts. It completely cracks me up every time.
One of my other (many) favorite things about the movie is its expert use of Chekhov’s literary device where if you talk about the Wolfman getting kicked in the nards and then falling out of a window onto a bomb in the first act, then you better have the Wolfman get kicked in the nards and then fall out of a window onto a bomb in the third act.
Another best thing about the movie is everyone’s extensively cartoony use of dynamite.
The Monster Squad is so awesome, everyone should see it even if they’re not into horror movies. I was so happy that we were able to get a couple of friends to come with us to this who had never seen it before and they loved it.