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Cult Movie Essentials: The Monster Squad (1987)

Count Dracula (Duncan Regehr – playing one of the greatest versions in cinema history) is back and along with his Universal Monster buddies Frankenstein’s Monster (Tom Noonan), The Mummy (Michael MacKay), The Gillman (Tom Woodruff Jr.) and The Wolfman (Carl Thibault) – standing in their way though are The Monster Squad – a gang of young kids who geek out over classic monsters and monster movies and hold their meetings in a tree clubhouse.

The Monster Squad is led by Sean (Andre Gower), who is given the diary of legendary monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim), but his excitement abates when he finds it is written in German. Sean, his best friend Patrick (Robby Kiger), and the rest of the Monster Squad visit an elderly man, known as the “Scary German Guy” (Leonardo Cimino), actually a kind gentleman, to translate the diary. When the Monster Squad wonders how the German man is so knowledgeable about Van Helsing’s battle with monsters, he wryly comments that “he has some experience with monsters” and his shirt sleeve briefly reveals a Concentration camp number tattoo.

The diary reveals that there is an amulet that is composed of concentrated good. One day out of every century, as the forces of good and evil reach a balance, the otherwise indestructible amulet becomes vulnerable to destruction. With the next day of balance happening within a few days, at the stroke of midnight, the kids realize they must gain possession of the amulet and use it — with an incantation from Van Helsing’s diary — to open a hole in the universe and cast the monsters into Limbo.

Can The Monster Squad succeed?

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