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MONSTER SQUAD fans unite! Austin - April 16th! Reunion screening!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here and boy am I excited. One of my all time favorite movies is the '80s classic THE MONSTER SQUAD and working with Kier-La and Tim at the Alamo Drafthouse I've managed to set up the world's first reunion screening of this film!

Sunday, April 16th. Austin, TX at the Original Alamo Drafthouse there will be two shows, the first at 7pm and the second at 9:45pm.

In attendance will be Director Fred Dekker (who is also responsible for another of my favorite 80s flicks, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS) and Squaders Andre Gower (Sean) and Ryan Lambert (Rudy).

How friggin' cool is that? We got the cool kid and the leader of the Monster Squad live and in person!!!!

I've spoken with Andre and Ryan while doing my small part in setting up this screening and they both seem like incredibly nice and cool gentlemen. I'd love to pack these screenings with real deal MONSTER SQUAD fans, show them how much this movie means to many of the folks from my generation. The tickets are only $14 a pop and can be had by clicking the link below!


This screening is a dream come true for me... It could very well be the first time an audience has seen THE MONSTER SQUAD projected on that ol' silver screen in glorious 35mm since 1987. I'll be in hog heaven and I don't think I'm going to be alone. I hope to see many of you there next month!!!


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  • March 23, 2006, 6:03 a.m. CST


    by shalashaska


  • March 23, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST

    The back of the 'Monster Squad' video....

    by reignman79

    'Every hundred years the forces of evil arise to challenge the forces of good. This is the year, tonight is the night. Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and Frankenstein have come retrieve a mystical amulet and to rock the balance between good and evil their gruesome way. But they didn't count on The Monster Squad, a group of teenagers who set out to save the world. But at midnight, they won't seem like kids anymore.'

  • March 23, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I wish I lived closer!

    by Darth Sticky

    GAH! Monster Squad is one of my favorite movies from my childhood! WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS!! Goddamn...good stuff... I wish I could be there...

  • March 23, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by hiperaktiv

    My name *COCKS SHOTGUN* is Horace!

  • March 23, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I hate to rain on Quint's parade, but...

    by The Tao of Joe

    They actually played Monster Squad last fall in Durham, NC. For those of you who live in the Southeast, The Carolina Theatre is one of the coolest places to watch a movie. They have monthy Retro-Fantasma double-features where they play all sorts of giddy nastiness. They also have three different annual film festivals - The Nevermore Gothic and Horror, Escapism, and Movie-A-Thon - which really can't be beat. Everyone should definitely check out for more information. While not as cool as the Alamo (I have been there before, too), it's always a good time for a movie geek.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by HolyCalamity

    Prob number 2 on my all time fav guilty pleasure list....really really want to see this... If I drove all day and night I could prob make it there and back and only miss one day of class...hmmmmmm

  • March 23, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by macgruder

    Oh Man, what I wouldnt give to be there. Ive loved this movie since it came out, and over the years it has remained on my top five movies ever, even though its cheesy as hell. I still quote this movie at least once a week. What sucks about this is the DVD will probably never see the light of day due to the fact that noone knows who owns the rights to the home video release of it, so no DVD is in the works. Maybe someone at the screening could ask them about it. Man, I wish I could be there, but I dont have money to fly from NJ to TX for a weekend.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Wolfman Got Nards!

    by Joe Santi

    Total classic. Slap "The Goonies" and "The Explorers" in there and it's a perfect 80's kid movie night. They just don't make movie like that anymore.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    DVD please

    by stvnhthr

    macgruder I too am upset that there is no official DVD release in site. There are always the two different bootlegs on ebay.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Just BEWARE of the Monster Squad!

    by NivekJ

    Stupid song... anyway, DAMN, I wished I lived in Austin! Anyway, it'd be worth it just to see all those monsters sucked into a righteous vortex of unforgiving justice (except for Frankenstein... he's so cuuuuute!). But seeing as how the amount of Monster Squad fans equals Wuzzles fans minus Brisco Cunty Jr. fans, they'd be hard pressed to fill that screen full of locals. And I'm not so hardcore I'd spring for a ticket to Austin. You guys at AICN really know how to test a fan's mettle. So, go ahead with your precious reunion screening! I'll just sit back with my Monster Squad VHS tape, which just so happens to have a minute of Bionic Six accidentally taped over in the middle, and Teddy Ruxpin over the end credits (what can I say? I couldn't work a remote back then! I was five!). Peace out [The 80's LIVE AGAIN!].

  • March 23, 2006, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Monster Squad is truly great

    by Zino

    I watched it again recently and there is a definite dark side to the movie - there's Nazi references, marriage problems, brutal killings of minor characters, and a brilliantly disturbing scene where Dracula picks a 5 year old girl up by her throat and calls her a bitch. The tone is uneven in parts, but I really think these darker elements make the film more interesting. You actually feel that the kids are in danger. I said this about The Goonies but it applies even more here - there is no way this movie would be made today in its current form. That's why we have to treasure these little gems, because we won't see their likes again.

  • March 23, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Wolfman's got nards!

    by drewgrgich

    "My name is (loads shell in shotgun) Harold!" Classic, classic flick for 10-13 year old boys who love monsters. I bought a boot-leg DVD off of eBay and will definitely buy a pristine copy if it ever surfaces.

  • March 23, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Dang It!

    by Jotham

    I just live too far away to make this happen. HARRY, can we get pic of this event when it happens? I know many of us would like to see how these guys look now. I used to watch Ryan Lambert on KIDS Incorperated back in the 80's, then he did Monster Squad, and fell off the map. How about some bio's on what these guys do now?

  • March 23, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Monster squad rap...

    by Zino

    M-M-M-Monster Squad! gotta get up gotta get out we got work to do work to do in a 100 years, in the darkest night the forces of evil come out to fight, the amulet they must destroy or spend forever in the darkest void, who can stop their deadly might? who will stand up for the right? from the mouth of babes comes dynamite, the monster squad is gonna move tonight! first came dracula, now the wolfman too the mummy and the gillman are swimming in the pool, we need silver bullets, we need wooden stakes no other stuff will stop them cause they live on hate, speak some magic words from a virgin's lips and maybe that'll shake 'em, make 'em slip and trip there's no turning back, gotta fight the fight yeah the monster squad is gonna jam tonight! mon-ster squad (we're the monster squad!) yeah the forces of evil are running hot mon-ster squad (we're the monster squad!) yeah the forces of evil must beware of the monster squad m-m-m-monster squad mo-mo-mo-mo-monster squad gotta get up gotta get out we got work to do work to do

  • March 23, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by Roguewriter

    God, I loved that movie. Fred Dekker used to delight me in ways that had absolutely nothing to do with my more serious feelings about the horror genre. The guy embraced the iconic monsters, scenarios and cliches of the genre, made them funny and sweet and exciting again long, long before SCREAM and all the cynical post-mod meta-horror of the current day. And goddammit if I still don't get a tiny little lump in my throat every time Phoebe the Feeb throws her stuffed dog to Frankenstein's monster (played by the rockin Tom Noonan!!)... GREAT MOVIE -- congrats to those who will enjoy this big-screen treat!!

  • March 23, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    DVD is a must.

    by Engelhast

    I would sell my soul if it would help get it released.

  • March 23, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Don't go Away Frankenstein! Please!

    by ProfGriffin

    I cry like a baby at the end of this Amazing movie. I do...heck, the tears start to well when Frankenstein's monster holds the Collegeville Halloween mask in his massive undead hands, tosses it angrily away and hides his face saying pathetically, "S-Scary?" Oh...I may have to be there for this. Just to see the Aurora glowing goodness of a honest and true Monster film. "Bogus!"

  • March 23, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    YES!!! VICTORY!!

    by johne5

    I've been whining and bitching for a Monster Squad screening at the Drafthouse for years. It is my favorite movie from childhood. I was almost going to beg Tim at the Master Class on Monday to show it. Man, I'm going to both screenings.

  • March 23, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Monster Squad on DVD?

    by DocPazuzu

    Don't hold your breath, folks. Get a Japanese widescreen LD rip on DVD (with unremovable subtitles) here:

  • March 23, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    As good as The Goonies or Explorers?


    I saw Monster Squad when I was a kid and yeah, I remember the "But Wolfmen don't have nards!" line, but I don't remember the movie being that good. Especially not as good as The Goonies or Explorers.

  • March 23, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    "Is she a vergshn?"

    by Kraken

    "God I hope so!" Hooray for Monster Squad!! Where the hell is my Criterion Monster Squad : Amulet Edition ???

  • March 23, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Uncle Rico

    by Wooksie

    Before he was throwing footballs over mountains... He just wanted to be locked up. What a considerate Werewolf.

  • March 23, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Animated Gifs for Squad Fans

    by John-Locke

    I made these a few weeks ago after Quint teased us Zoners with news on something Monster Squad related, I wish I could make it to Austin for this kick ass screening.

  • March 23, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Will Fred Grandy show up???

    by Blanket-Man

    He's been disassociating himself from that show for years!

  • March 23, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Pissed in Nebraska

    by GreedoNeverShot

    I would give anything to see this. Monster Squad came out in 1987 when I was in the 7th grade. My small Nebraska town (pop. 3500) theater screened this movie on Halloween night, and anyone who wore a mask to the theater got in free. It is simply one of my fondest childhood memories and a definite watershed moment in my geek evolution. To be packed into a theater full of vampires, monsters, Transformers, He-Men,GI-Joes and numerous comic superheroes on Halloween night, 1987, was a joy unto itself. Then, on top of all that, to be treated to one of the quintessential 80's Halloween/monster movies made this experience an unforgettable pleasure. I'm 32 now, I am married, and I have a 19-month-old son. I have a career, a mortgage and all the other joys and burdens in life that go along with growing up. That being said, I will never outgrow The Monster Squad and I will always cherish the memory of Halloween night, 1987.

  • March 23, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Now I am officially moving to Texas. This makes me want to cry that I'm going to have to miss this. You are the da man Quint. I'm jealous. Wow I'm jealous. Monster Squad was a classic from my youth. I love love loved the movie. This looks like a monster event (pun intended) you have planned here. Enjoy! Oh, please try to type to do a Q&A with Andre and Ryan for the site. Thanks!

  • March 23, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I remember seeing this as a kid

    by misnomer

    my ol man got it from a wee video shop in scotland...fuking loved it-especially the ending with the portal? although I remember watching it on tv like 6 years ago and finding it to be really crap : /

  • March 23, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Stupid Government

    by garcicr

    I work for a auditing firm and the tax deadline is monday and I live in Dallas, stupid nonworking teleportation device.

  • March 23, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    God DAMNIT anyway

    by billfro

    Fuck. Why the fuck is Seattle nowhere NEAR Austin? A couple months back I was talking up this movie's awesomenitude to one of my friends who hadn't seen it, which resulted in a trip to Scarecrow Video to rent it on VHS. In spite of all my hype, "Wolfman's got nards!" still killed after all these many moons. I need this movie on DVD.

  • March 23, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by Johnny#5

    Was in my class in high school. Whoop-di-doo!

  • March 23, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    Un fucking believable!. Damn I hate living nowhere near you lucky sons of bitches.

  • March 23, 2006, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Lazlo, buddy!

    by James_O'Nasty

    LOCK ME UP!!! BAM! BAM! BAM! I am surprised the bastard brother of "Bogus" i.e. "Grody!" didn't make it into Frankenstein's vocabulary... Who knew shooting wooden stakes with a bow could be something you pick up in a matter of seconds? This kicks ass!

  • March 23, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by DickieCrickets This shirt rocks!

  • March 23, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    BREAKING NEWS! They found Chaney's London After Midnig

    by HypeEndsHere

    !!! there will be a one-time screening at the south pole this tuesday. then they return it to its vault.

  • March 23, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    better than Goonies for my money...

    by modlight

    Granted they're both great, but man, this one was always a Sleepover hit. And why don't kids curse in movies anymore? I was totally star struck when I realized that I worked with Mike Faustino and that he was the Mummy in the closet kid.

  • March 23, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    God damn me and my living in California

    by Lando Griffin

    otherwise I would soooo be there. I LOVED this movie growing up and like many others knew the Monster Squad rap at the end by heart. Anyone know of any online petitions to get this on dvd? And perhaps one can be started at the Austin screening as well? I would really love to share this dvd with my son, I know he would love it!

  • March 23, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Fat Kid Farted!!!!

    by longshot7

    Every 80's kid movie had a fat kid, but the great thing about Monster Squad is that the fat kid's name was actually "FAT KID." Great writers - very creative. LOL. This still makes me laugh.

  • March 23, 2006, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Spaz Medicine

  • March 23, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    What, no Shane Black?

    by Wonder Man

  • March 23, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Frijole

    I've been reading this site for about 5 years and this is probably the coolest screening at the Drafthouse I've seen promoted on here. One of these days I'll move to Austin. Cruiserweight and The Alamo Drafthouse. Mmmmmmmm.

  • March 23, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    thats your sister?!

    by sgait4

    wish i could be there but since i cant i'll watch in hd.

  • March 23, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    WHY do i have to live so far from AUSTIN!!!!

    by mocky_puppet

    AAARGH! This sucks! This is, like, the worst thing to ever happen to me, that I live too far from austin to attend the screening of this movie! This is worse than that time when i got shot five times! O lord, why hast thou forsaken me! ...i always love reading posts like that. keep freaking out about a movie screening--it's entertaining!

  • March 23, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad

    by Eddie Hitler

    Definately the most deserving film to never get a dvd....had to buy a blag on ebay like so many others. Hope whoever it is with the rights pulls their head out of their chocolate starfish long enough to hear the gnashing of teeth. Oh by the way, all of those who manage to get to this screening - you are all completely jammy bastards. I hate you.

  • March 23, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by palantir1

    I just got my tickets. See you other lucky bastards there!

  • March 23, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Great movie.

    by Shermdawg

    "Wolfman got nards!" is probably tied with "If I let you go, do you think you could fly?" as my favorite line from a underappreciated movie. DYR!!!

  • March 23, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Mattchew

    This is the coolest thing ever! Christ, if I wasn't stuck in OH!

  • March 23, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST

    this movie taught me what a virgin was...

    by cheezman20

    and "wolfman got nards!" is a great line.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:10 p.m. CST

    my dvd

    by macgruder

    my dvd off ebay will have to suffice for now. I think I'm gonna set up a screening with my friends of this, I have to watch it again with a crowd, so we can all enjoy it at once.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    "Geez, mister, you sure know a lot about monsters."

    by Roguewriter

    "As a matter of fact... I do." Easily one of the most astonishing moments EVER in a fun horror flick, IMO. I remember thinking at the time, "How the hell did they just slip in such a relevant and powerful bit of backstory as the HOLOCAUST in a flick where the mummy and the gillman are chasing kids around a modern town???" Add the horrifying moment when Stephen Macht's partner gets blown to bits... the sweet relationship that develops between Phoebe and Frankenstein's Monster... the B-story about the parents possibly splitting up... Deft, funny, exuberantly genre-bending and genre-raising flick. No shit -- we need a petition for the DVD!!

  • March 23, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "Let it begin"

    by CalculusThief

    hmmm...let's see...if I take a couple of days off from work...and consider it my birthday gift to noght in a hotel room, one plane ticket from has to be done.

  • March 23, 2006, 9:10 p.m. CST

    No Goonie, but good

    by jimmy_009

    Where's the DVD?

  • March 24, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Any relation to TV show?

    by BillyBatson

    So, was this movie supposed to be any relation to the old NBC saturday morning show, or was it just an unfortunate coincidence? Ah well, who cares when Wolfman's got nards?

  • March 24, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad sucks.

    by radio1_mike

    Yes, you heard it here first and truthfully. Monster Squad sucked, The Goonies sucked... Even the Monster Squad with Fred Grandy (that I watched when I was kid) was not that great either.

  • March 24, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    The older sister getting dressed.

    by Alex Mack

    The teenage girl the guys and frankenstein were spying on getting dressed was amazingly cute!!!

  • March 24, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Mummy Came in My Room

    by holidill

    I loved the film, I'd put it up there with Goonies and Explorerers. Good cast of relative unknowns with an appearance by Jason Hervey and the guy who played Lazlo from Real Genius(he was the wolfman)I felt the creature from the Black Lagoon got killed like a bitch, but it was a fun film. Who are you? We're the MONSTER SQUAD!

  • March 24, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    That was him?

    by Frijole

    Wow! He was a werewolf in Fright Night 2 as well.

  • March 24, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    he was also Uncle Rico in Napolean Dynamite

    by HypeEndsHere

  • March 24, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by imkindofabigdeal

    Bastards to anyone who gets to go. One of my all time childhood favorites. Damn you all who get to enjoy this on the big screen while i watch on a crappy VHS...damn you all...just kidding have fun you lucky bastards!!

  • March 24, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by Frijole

    Wasn't he the homeless guy that ran off with Kramer and Newman's rickshaw too?

  • March 24, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    "Scary German guy is bitchin'!"

    by ApneicMonkey

    That's all I have to say...

  • March 24, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Best Line...

    by NNNOOO!!!

    "Doesn't COUNT?!" P.S. Explorers rules, Goonies stinks. My 2 cents.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Gill Man

    by Quammy

    I loved this movie. I just wish the Gill Man would have gotten more screen time.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Sony is keeping this movie from coming out on DVD

    by ReelPoster

    They don't want to let anyone else put it out because they are afraid to let anyone else profit from it more than they would. But at the same time are still considering if it's "worthwhile" to them to put it out on DVD. Hopefully this screening will wake them up.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Here's Shane Black's thoughts on Monster Squad...

    by Neo Zeed

    From Empire interview..... Q: So you want to try a different genre? A: I've always gone back and forth. I love science-fiction fantasy. My original script for the Monster Squad is one of my favourite things that I've ever done and I can't even find it. I don't know where it is. I just remember reading it and going 'damn, that's everything I wanted to do!' But right now I've had my fill, a little bit, of private eyes.

  • March 25, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Where's Eugene!? Where's Phoebe!?

    by Regis Travolta

    That kid who played Eugene has to be invited or it won't be worth having. Don't you want to see him all grown up now 20 years later? And that really funny actor who played his dad and opened the closet and there's the Mummy and Eugene covers his eyes in horror as dad fake screams and Mummy hurries out the window! Eugene must be invited to attend this so must the girl who played Phoebe surely you want to see her all grown up 20 years later. I could go to imdb and look up their names but I'm too darn lazy so I expect one of you other guys to do it!

  • March 25, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    So there was a laserdisc version?

    by Durendal

    Hell yeah! I gotta find a copy of it so I can rip it to DVD myself! I fuckin' love my Laserdisc player. I can enjoy the REAL Star Wars trilogy on at a decent resolution (ie, much better than VHS shit). Then again, if somebody would bother to put a DVD version out, then maybe I wouldn't have to dig up the LD. Come on you studio asshats, there is SERIOUS demand for this movie on DVD! Wade through the home video rights nightmare and do what it takes to get it out!

  • March 25, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by hellnback

    oh man i remember when this movie came out. my dad took my friends and i to go see it at the local theater. it was packed and they had to open the balcony level (which they never ever did) to let more people in. we all loved the movie so much we went back the next night to another packed house. both times we sat in the balcony.

  • March 26, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I hate you Austin! Seriously.

    by chien_sale

    Man I wish I could share the experience to see this movie with you guys. Looove this movie.

  • March 26, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Current Phoebe pics on imdb

    by Neo Zeed

  • March 27, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by ahthesuffering

    Anyone know where current pics of the rest of the cast is??

  • March 27, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

    by Robert K S

    Can anyone with Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein on DVD confirm a bit of dialogue for me? It's the part where they're arguing over their dates: "All right, you take Joan and I'll take Sandra." "Oh, Sandra's [something]." "Well then I'll take Joan!" "Joan's [something something]." "Now listen, you [something something something something]" In case you're wondering, this is for Thanks!

  • March 27, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Ryan Lambert's band

    by gambit69

    For several years Ryan has been performing with California based rock band "Elephone." Their website is There are some recent photos on the "Pictures" page. Quint, hope to see you on the 16th man! -Brad

  • March 28, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Bluce

    I am a HUGE monster squad fan!!! Best monster movie ever made. My mom came through and found the official DVD (no bootleg crap). I also found it on Amazon: Its a got to have!!!