The Monster Squad – TNT & Werewolves

I absolutely love 1987’s The Monster Squad. As popular as The Goonies is, I’ve always felt that The Monster Squad was more my style. The scene that I love the most is near the end where the Squad is gathered at the town circle in front of the church. There the monsters descend upon them and the battle ensues. This scene is so amazing that it’s surprising that this is actually considered a kids movie. Just watch.

What I love about this scene is how the werewolf is literally blown to bits! Sean and his dad are the coolest dad and son team ever. The wolfmans limbs and other body parts blown everywhere, yet the wolfman just wakes up and pulls himself back together. I don’t think any movie has ever attempted this idea before but The Monster Squad pulls it off. I love how the wolfman’s upper torso arcs itself upward and it’s limbs kind of supernaturally pull themselves back. Then with a howl, he’s back in the game. So awesome. It really is the only movie that truly gives great detail on the concept.

Then the werewolf goes on a killing spree of cops and the only one to stop the terror is the teams bad ass Rudy. That tension before he looks the monster dead in the eyes is so cool. Rudy says “bang” and the wolfman drops to the ground, automatically turning back into human form. Rudy looks shaken as Sean and his dad approach. Rudy tells Sean “Told you, only one way to kill a werewolf.” You’re right Rudy and thanks to The Monster Squad we all know it’s true.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Savior699 says:

    The Goonies was a good movie, I always felt Monster Squad was better and never got the proper respect it deserved.

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    1. nscovell says:

      Yea, it’s very interesting when I reminisce with other 80’s kids and bring it up. Most remember The Goonies but have very little clue about The Monster Squad. It’s one of those late bloomer kind of films. It didn’t amass a large marketing campaign and being that it’s strictly horror based; probably only pandered to a certain audience. The Goonies is a clean, great easy adventure story but it had much bigger names to it.

      Interesting note: Fred Dekker was actually on board to film a Jonny Quest film but because The Monster Squad failed in theaters; it title was taken away from him. The scene in which Eugene gets his father to rid the monsters from his room; you can spot Jonny Quest posters and toys on Eugenes dresser.


      1. Savior699 says:

        I didn’t know that, i am going to have to keep an eye out for that next time I watch it

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  2. nscovell says:

    Also, both The Goonies and The Monster Squad had Mary Ellen Trainor as the main protagonists mother.


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