My History With the Film:
I love The Monster Squad. It was one of my favorite movies as a kid and a movie I still enjoy watching on occasion. When I heard a new documentary was coming out I knew it would be something I enjoyed. I finally got a chance to watch it a week or two after it was released and I loved it.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Monster Squad star Andre Gower (Sean) directs this documentary looking at the release and failure of The Monster Squad, and it’s resurgence years later.
What I Liked About It:
-Interviewees include: Shane Black (writer), Fred Dekker (director), Andre Gower (Sean), Ashley Bank (Phoebe), Ryan Lambert (Rudy), Duncan Regehr (Count Dracula), Healther Lagenkamp (The Nightmare of Elm Street), Seth Green (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Adam Green (Hatchet), Tom Woodrfuf Jr (Gillman), Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs), and more.
-The film didn’t just rehash all the content covered in the previous documentary included on the DVD release of The Monster Squad, but instead expanded on it and discussed the fanbase that emerged through the box office failure.
-All of the interviewees are quite engaging and they all truly seem to love The Monster Squad. From celebrities to random fans, it’s nice to see this weird fandom and community emerge. I couldn’t help but feel connected to so many of these folks who grew up loving this movie that most had never even heard of.
-The documentary is well paced, nicely shot, and diverse. Nothing ever gets tiresome and the editing is on point.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-The title is based on a quote from within the movie.
This is a fantastic documentary that looks at the history of a forgotten film and the rabid fanbase that emerged seemingly out of nowhere. Not much time was spent on the production of the film, which was probably for the best since there was already a fantastic documentary on that topic found on the DVD release of The Monster Squad.
When you combine the two documentaries you get a total picture of this little movie that means so much to some of us. Like many of the fans in the film, I grew up loving The Monster Squad and didn’t really realize it wasn’t a huge movie until later in life. The only two people I’ve met that have seen The Monster Squad are two of my best friends and like the documentary suggests, we are all sort of connected through this movie that truly deserved better than it got upon release. This documentary is a love letter to the fans and you can tell it’s a passion project, which makes watching it incredibly fun.
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