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Ep. 036 – TFFP: The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad (1987)In this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, it’s the premiere episode of our first OCTOBER SPOOKY FLIX FEST! We’re kicking things off with a fan favorite and winner of our listener’s poll, The Monster Squad (1987)!

Directed by Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, Robocop 3) and starring Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Jon Gries, Stephen Macht, and Ashley Banks.

Synopsis:

A group of junior-high aged friends have a club devoted to all things monsters. So when Dracula, leading a pack of classic monsters, decides to show up in their town hellbent on taking over the world, there’s only one thing that will stop him… The Monster Squad!

Movie Pick of the week:

This week we’re dropping a duece with our movie picks of the week:

Joel’s Pick of the Week:

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Jason’s Pick of the Week:

Mad Monster Party (1967)

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Join us next week when our feature presentation (and the second entry in our 2011 OCTOBER SPOOKY FLIX FEST) is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)!

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9 comments for “Ep. 036 – TFFP: The Monster Squad (1987)

  1. October 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I’ve only had time to listen to about the first 40 minutes of the podcast so far but I had to mention how much fun it’s been! You guys didn’t even begin talking about The Monster Squad until around the 27 minute mark because of all your tangents.  Which was totally fine by me because it was such a great conversation to listen to.  I also loves the Joel vs Jason smackdown discussion when it came time to compare The Monster Squad to Goonies.  I was in an elevator listening to the podcast when you guys were laughing so hard you could barely speak and I was doing my best not to laugh out loud too which would have freaked out my fellow elevator buddies who were being totally silent.  They must have thought I was about to have a seizure because I was trying to hold in my laughter.  I failed and many strangers from my office building now think I’m a complete weirdo which is fine by me since it’s mostly true.  You guys made my day…thanks!  🙂

    • Jason
      October 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      We seem to have that effect on people and have been the cause of many a workplace odd look. 🙂

    • October 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Hey Kevin
      Don’t feel bad about the weirdo-thing cuz I suppose that’s what most people think of me by now. I take long walks while listening to the podcast and I also tend to laugh out loud from time to time. And even respond to the conversation being had on said podcast.  🙂
      Just normal everyday behavior, right?

  2. October 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    OMG what a great episode! Very entertaining! As usual I might add, but today I actually had to stop once in a while to laugh and wipe tears from my eyes… THANK GOD no one was around to see this! And Joel? The nod to MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE didn’t go past me.  🙂
    In regards to MAD MONSTER PARTY… Go to the DVD-collection album on my FB page and have a look. As if you wouldn’t know already, that I had that one, huh?

  3. October 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    OK, just wanted to set the record straight. I saw Monster Squad once, roughly 2 or 3 years ago. I really should rewatch before talking about it but I remember being impressed by it, and getting that feeling of being a kid again.

    Regardless of this, and nostalgia aside, I still feel that The Goonies is the better produced and better visual film. Sure the kids yell a lot and it’s ridiculous, but it’s one of the most fun 80s adventure movies and it is also insanely quotable. Although Monster Squad is lower budget and is therefore worthy of praise for doing as much as it did with less.

    But realistically, can’t we all get along? Both Goonies and Monster Squad are awesome! It doesn’t matter which is better. Great episode by the way, you guys seems to be really hitting your stride.

    • October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Will! Of course we can get along, but this is the inherent problem with CND and what makes it so insidious. It convinces us that nostalgia in and of itself is enough to champion a movie. Goodness knows I’m guilty of that one! : )
      Joel G. Robertson
      Sent from my iPad

      • October 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        Nostalgia is always a factor with older films, but you’re right that it should never be the sole reason one defends a movie with.

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