The Monster Squad

1987 film by Fred Dekker

The Monster Squad is a 1987 film about a young group of monster fans who attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Directed by Fred Dekker. Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.
You know who to call when you have ghosts but who do you call when you have monsters?  (taglines)


Patrick: [about Scary German Guy] Maybe he's a spy.
Sean: Oh good idea! We're not at war with Germany.
Phoebe: We're at war with Vietnam.
Sean: What?
Phoebe: It's in Rambo!

Scary German Guy: [as Sean, Patrick, and Horace are leaving Scary German Guy's house] I expect you boys thought I was some kind of monster myself, mm? A vampire, perhaps? That's quite all right. But I am not, you know. If I were a vampire, then I wouldn't have a reflection... [points to mirror, where he is clearly visible] ... now would I?
Horace: Man, you sure know a lot about monsters.
Scary German Guy: Now that you mention it, I suppose I do. [Scary German Guy closes door, revealing a concentration camp tattoo on his wrist]

[Horace kicks the Wolf Man in the groin]
Horace: Wolf Man's got nards!

[Horace has shot the Gillman dead]
E.J.: Hey, Fat Kid! Good job!
Horace: My name...Is Horace! [cocks shotgun]


  • You know who to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters?
  • Call them for a monstrously good time.
  • The end of the world starts at midnight.
  • Never send a man to do a kid's job.
  • Every 100 years, the forces of darkness arise to challenge the forces of light for control of all mankind. This is the year. Tonight is the night. But this time, Dracula has bitten off more than he can chew.


  • The cult surprised me. I didn't even realise it had been successful. I loved it, I had fun working on it and it was one of the first things I'd ever written. And it wasn't just that it wasn't a hit - it was a huge failure. No one saw it. I don't know how on earth it caught on years later.
  • It would be interesting to have two movies - one The Monster Squad, and one The Monster Squad and they're 30 years apart and so are the kids; the characters have aged. As long as people understood that's what we're doing, I think that could be fun. That's a good idea.


  • Andre Gower — Sean Crenshaw
  • Robby Kiger — Patrick Rhodes
  • Brent Chalem — Horace
  • Ryan Lambert — Rudy Halloran
  • Michael Faustino — Eugene
  • Ashley Bank — Phoebe "Feeb" Crenshaw
  • Duncan Regehr — Count Dracula
  • Tom Noonan — Frankenstein's monster
  • Carl Thibault — the Wolf Man
  • Tom Woodruff Jr. — the Gill-man
  • Michael MacKay — the Mummy
  • Jonathan Gries — Desperate Man/The Wolfman
  • Stephen Macht — Detective Del Crenshaw
  • Mary Ellen Trainor — Emily Crenshaw
  • Jack Gwillim — Dr. Abraham Van Helsing

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