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MONSTER SQUAD on Blu Ray? NIGHT OF THE CREEPS on DVD? Read How To Make It Happen!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - Getting MONSTER SQUAD on Blu Ray would be nice, but not as nice as just getting a NIGHT OF THE CREEPS release with that original ending that Dekker talks about below. Here's info from the New Beverly screening in Hollywood last night... Enjoy...

Hey Harry, Last night the New Beverly in Hollywood, CA ran a double feature of Fred Dekker's The Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps. Fred Dekker was present for a between show Q&A. Shane Black was also there but wasn't involved in the interview. On a side note, while waiting in line for the men's room Seth Green was talking to the box office cashier. I didn't know the guy was a midget. The Beverly sold out, I know it had sold out many shows before but this was the first time I was ever there when it did. The Bev was able to acquire a 35mm print of Monster Squad. When the American Cinematheque ran it last July they ran a projection of the DVD. This was the first time I saw it on film since opening day back in '87; it looked great. Also, Night of the Creeps was presented in 35mm and the print looked great. It was the first time I saw it, I wasn't the only one, in the theatre. Here are just some random tidbits from the Q&A. -Andre Gower couldn't make it; however his sister and mother were there. -Julia, box cashier and moderator, asked why we never saw "wolf-dork" in the film. Sean said that the wolfman had to wear pants back in the 40s because he couldn't show his wolf-dork. Jules asked since the film was in 80s why we never saw it. Dekker said yeah even when he pulled himself back together at the end he had his pants on...hmmm. He just said well maybe Benicio will show his wolf-dork. -Dekker hates Robocop 3. -For Night of the Creeps, he prefers the alternate ending and not the theatrical ending. -He says he's over the horror genre. We've seen everything so there really isn't anything left to be afraid of. He's not too keen on remakes. He doesn't really feel the need to turn the Squad into a tv series, make a sequel or remake it. It's been done, move on. He thinks Zach Snyder is a talented and terrific filmmaker but did we really need Dawn of the Dead. He said more people are aware of that then Romero's original classic. -He has a number of projects in the works. He's producing a tv pilot "The Genie Chronicles" and will be directing a drama, something music related. -He mentioned that when the film opened it was normal to jump in a limo and go to theatres opening weekend to check out business. Squad was depressing. They never did it for Creeps. The last several screenings of the Squad was very moving for him. He compared the Beverly audience to the Alamo audience, the only difference was you could drink there. Of course, someone in the aud raises a beer to much applause. -Fred said Night of the Creeps is being dragged by Sony, hence no DVD release. If we want it on DVD, send a letter to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with a brick. After receiving all those bricks they have to release it to stop the deliveries. After seeing the film, I gotta wonder if the music rights issues is the reason for the hold up. There are a number of classic songs in there. -If people were wondering why Shane Black wasn't on the DVD it was because he never returned his phone calls. -Lionsgate wants to do a Blu-ray release of the film. They just weren't sure if anyone would want it because they already released a full bells and whistles version on DVD. The plan is to have a running video commentary with Fred Dekker and Shane Black. It's on the table, they just have to sign the deal. My two cents, I never bought the new DVD because I wanted to wait and see if it would come out on Blu-ray. As for the video commentary, they should do four video commentaries. One with the filmmakers, Fred and Shane. One with the kids. One with the monsters. One with the creature and visual effects artists. They could even do it Goonies style and have all the kids, Fred and Shane together. That about sums it up. filmmaven
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  • March 22, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "He doesn't really feel the need...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...to turn the Squad into a tv series, make a sequel or remake it. It's been done, move on." <p> That, ladies and gentlemen, is what's known as fucking CLASS.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Hell YEAH I'm sending a brick

    by SpencerTrilby

    and Sony can shove it up their butt for giving Kurt Wimmer the Metal Gear script to write.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    No HD DVD plan?

    by SpencerTrilby

    sorry, someone had to say it.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    re the Monster Squad DVD:

    by DocPazuzu

    I bought it to show my support and thought the extras were great, but the picture quality of the film was sub-par. This is particularly annoying since there is a DVD version floating around the internets which was made from an HD broadcast which is almost absurdly better looking than the official release. It is truly sad when fans start putting together better mastered DVDs than the studios do. <p> There's also a HD Night of the Creeps out there too as well as one with both endings. Let's hope the official release looks better than Monster Squad.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Tom motherfuckin' Atkins...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is the shit in NOTC.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    lets all start....

    by GavinVanDraven

    "Screaming like banshees!" CREEPS is one of the best horror comedies ever. a classic 80's movie that needs a dvd release NOW! sony bitches.....

  • March 22, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The cashier was the moderator

    by skywalkerfamily

    Uh yeah.

  • March 22, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    i've got NOTC!

    by GavinVanDraven

    an old, shity copy of a vhs tape my dad made in 1989. any takers? fuck you! i wont part with it until the dvd comes out. or until i catch it on HBO and tivo it.....

  • March 22, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Is Dekker his real last name?

    by xannibal

    Because it's cool. Mine is VonSnagglepuss. P.S. I love Creeps.

  • March 22, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    My interview with Tom Atkins

    by dawn04

    Here's my interview with Tom Atkins for Deadpit.com. He expresses his love for NOTC, and his own frustration that it's not out on DVD. http://tinyurl.com/3238cj

  • March 22, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by BiggusDickus

    Congratulations on being the first 'first poster' I've ever seen on this site who has had the maturity not to shout 'FIRST!' to us all like a idiotic fucking schoolboy. Here's hoping you've set a new trend!

  • March 22, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Blu Ray Nards?

    by Little Beavis

    Count me in...

  • March 22, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Uh skywalkerfamily Julia is MORE than a cashier

    by Michael Monterastelli

    Hey skywalkerfamily if you're being sarcastic than you've never been to the New Beverly because Julia kicks ass as a moderator and knows more about movies than you can ever hope to. She is very, very cool. Don't criticize what you don't know. So there douche! The New Beverly Cinema is the greatest movie theatre on earth. Last nights Squad/Creeps show was incredible. I hope as a result Creeps gets a dvd release because it truly deserves it.

  • March 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Love both movies.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    "Night of the Creeps" was actually on cable a few days ago. I watched it, of course, and it was as awesome as I had remembered. A DVD release is needed. I love my DVD for "The Monster Squad." I don't own a Blu-Ray, but it be sweet to see a flm like this in HD.

  • March 22, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    the coffin in the airplane..

    by nolan bautista

    ..in MS reminded me of that B-17 scene in "Heavy Metal"..any geeks out there know what i'm talking about?

  • March 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Knobbo

    by DocPazuzu

    Is it your mission in life to try to piss as many talkbackers off as possible? <p> What a fucking loser.

  • March 22, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    "Here's hoping you've set a new trend!"

    by DocPazuzu

    Cheers, Biggus, but don't count on it.

  • March 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Night of the creeps sounds shit.

    by godhatesyou

    Like a mummy buried in VHS tape.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    godhatesyou

    by DocPazuzu

    God hates you.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Wow, Knobbo...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...you really got me there.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I just had no excuse not to go to this

    by IndustryKiller!

    And now I'm really regretting it. This sounds like it could have topped the Edgar Wright Flash Gordon screening.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Oh and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a modern masterpiece

    by IndustryKiller!

    Shane Black should know that.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Yobo....

    by SubliminalJones

    We understand that an 11-year old like yourself would be hard pressed to even define the word "Pazuzu", much less gague its relative "gay" quotient.

  • March 22, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    How Did I Not Know About This Screening?!?!?

    by The_CineManiac

    I would've loved to go to this on my birthday! And Seth Green was there!!! DAMN!

  • March 22, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    HAHAHAH SCREAMING LIKE BANSHIES

    by Autodidact

    I scrolled down real quick and never though anyone would be quoting me and my sister's favourite line from that movie. "Dey Sreeeming Rike Bansheees!"

  • March 22, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    everyone HATES Robocop 3... what a shit-fuck of a movie

    by Judge Briggs

  • March 22, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Bodet

    by DocPazuzu

    Musn't forget the awesome 80s Italian metal soundtrack and the theme song: <p> "YOOOOOR! He's the man!"

  • March 22, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu and the Mysterious Yobo

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Great title for a pulp novel. Doc (love your handle by the way): How old do you think this Yobo kid (along with Skywalker Family) is? Like a lot of other teenage blowhards on this site he talks a bunch of shit (and it is SHIT not SHITE in this country. If you're posting from Ireland, feel free to use shite but anyone else, please give it a rest)about things that he hasn't a clue about. I called him on his pissy rant on how anyone wanting to be a producer was talentless scum and he shut up real quick. I asked him if he was ever on a film set or a production office ane never heard a peep. At least he's not doing his usual attack on Harry.

  • March 22, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    And while we're at it...

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    can we please put a moratorium on referring to bad movies as "steaming turds", studio heads as "The Suits?" Seriously, it's played out.

  • March 22, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    favorite line from "monster squad" not about werewolf testicles

    by Toe Jam

    it's the part later in the movie where dracula is standing outside a house holding dynamite and the cops are about to engage him in a standoff, and one of the officers uses his radio and says, "dispatch, we have a 328! we need back-up!" (or something to that effect). was watching it with a bunch of drunk friends a few months ago, and that line just made us all howl with laughter. the notion that code 328 meant "vampire menacing civilian household with explosives" became a running joke among us. that said, have absolutely loved "monster squad" since i first watched it with all my friends at my 10th (or was it 9th?) birthday party and would kill to have a blu-ray dvd i could play on my newly purchased ps3.

  • March 22, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    gotham_knight

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Dogma, about 30 other and a ton of commercials. If he never does another movie, Smith will be remembered for Clerks. What's your claim to fame fuckhead? Making sure that the Junior Mints are restocked for the 4:00 matinee?

  • March 22, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Monsters HD

    by WALKNDED

    Shows NOTC Allthe time ..Looks Fantastic. But it has the crappy theatrical ending.They also show MS.

  • March 22, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    He also compared the Bev to the Drafthouse

    by BitterMan23

    "Except you can't drink" (which prompted some dude near the front to raise a beer he had smuggled in, so I guess you "can"). And agree on Julia the moderator/ticket seller/whatever else needs to be done girl, she knows her shit. Which is surprisingly rare in LA; most of the ushers at other theaters are complete dolts. New Bev rules. And Dekker was a great guest, honest and informative. Best 7 bucks I spent all week.

  • March 22, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    gotham_knight

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    So why avoid the question? What is your job? As to what Kevin eats. Why don't you ask him. Oh wait, I forgot. You don't work on movies. You just write tear apart other people's work with your snarky posts instead of actually writing a sellable screenplay. Y'know. Like Kevin Smith did.

  • March 22, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Oh dear. I made another typo in that last post. Please gotham_night. Please don't point out my errors again. That coupled with leobloom's withering gay jab would just about destroy me.

  • March 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    wait...

    by Varakor

    did anyone like Robocop 3? seriously? Show of hands? anyone? anyone?

  • March 23, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Gymkata

    by Detective_Fingerling

    does anyone know where I can get the Gymkata theme song as a ring tone? Da da da da ... da da da da!

  • March 23, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Night of the Creeps is one of my favourite movies

    by CuervoJones

    And i´ve seen a lot of movies

  • March 23, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Suits is suits

    by quantize

    it's simply delusional to pretend those 'jobs' get called anything other than that within the industry.

  • March 23, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Yobo, gotham and now quantize

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    That's strange because I've never heard anybody that I've ever worked with refer to them as suits. A whole bunch of other less flattering names but never suits. As for their contributions, if you think that all they do is completely fuck up some artiste's vision with their money-grubbing ways, then again you have no idea of what you're talking about. Again, I ask you guys: What do you do for a living and how old are you? For the record, I don't know Kevin Smith. If you call being speaking directly to somebody once or twice and then never having another word of conversation with them ever again as "knowing them" then I guess that I know him.

  • March 23, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    "just spent the past few talk backs spamming titles."

    by DocPazuzu

    That's because you got your ass reamed by virtually everybody in the Arthur C. Clarke obit talkback, Knobbo. Spamming titles is about the right level for someone of your... talent.

  • March 23, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    DocP: a good read from Fred Dekker

    by SpencerTrilby

    http://tinyurl.com/2vazzw <p> The guy sounds like a really decent guy indeed. I remember a Shane Black interview about 10 years ago where he praised Dekker for being a talented, down to earth dude who got really disgusted and lost his mojo due to the RoboCop 3 debacle. Sad. <p> I mean, RoboCop 3 was a mess, but I re-watched it last month in a RoboCop marathon (while I was homesick - explains a lot) and it was not as terrible as I remembered (RoboCop 2 is also much better than some say IMHO). And the first one kicks so much ass that I can't wait for the Topkapi Affair to be a smash hit (hopefully) so Vehoeven is bankable again and is given the bidget he wanted to make a fourth installment a few years ago - Neumeier even wrote a treatment. THAT would be cool. Hear this, Sony? It's Verhoeven or bust!

  • Jesus, that would be so cool. Come on Shane, make it happen and give us some golden info nuggets!

  • March 23, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I had fond memories of Monster Squad...

    by ZeroCorpse

    And then I re-watched it as an adult. Hoo-boy! That was a mistake! It's not very good! <p> Sure, it was cool when I was young and naive, but now? Now it holds up terribly. It's silly and badly-scripted. It plays off like a "Goonies" wannabe that isn't anywhere near "Goonies" quality. I'm sad to say it, but "Monster Squad" is Not For Me anymore. <p> Is it a decent kids' movie? Yes, as long as you're in a fairly liberal household and don't mind a few curse words and scares. Is it meant for adults? Nope. Not unless they're mentally disabled. <p> I showed this DVD to another adult, telling them it was "a great movie", and as we sat through it, my sense of embarrassment grew. At the end of it, I had to apologize for subjecting them to "Monster Squad" because the reality sure as fuck didn't live up to the memory of this movie. <p> So you'll forgive me if I don't have "Monster Squad" in my DVD library, but I do have "Dawn of the Dead (2004)" in my collection. I'm sorry, but the guy who made "Monster Squad" questioning the quality or right-to-exist of "Dawn of the Dead (2004)" is just downright ludicrous. One made a "Goonies" rip-off with Universal Monsters in it, and the other made a "Dawn of the Dead" remake with some interesting new twists on the genre, a lot of gore, and conversations that get above the level of "Wolfman has nards." <p> I used to love (LOVE) "Monster Squad", and now I just sort of wish I could forget about it.

  • March 23, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Night Of The Creeps

    by mr.brownstone

    on Blu-ray with seamless branching of theatrical and original ending? Dare to dream. I love this movie! If they are showing it in HD on TV there's an HD master out there which I never even thought would happen... so this is great news.

  • March 23, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I liked RoboCop 3!

    by BiggusDickus

    No, wait a minute, I lied. I did think the thirty seconds or so with the two ninja droids was a bit of a hoot. I liked the 'frozen grin' after Murphy twatted on of them in the face. Sod all else to recommend the movie, though.

  • March 23, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Night of the Creeps

    by Jawa 007

    One of the all time classics. Not enough can be said about how great that flick is - way ahead of its time.

  • March 23, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    NOTC was fun. Atkinson was awesome in it. What's the alternate e

    by Darth Bauer

    Give the info!

  • March 23, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    "Thrill me."

    by BlackBanana

    Would be fun to see 'Night Of The Creeps' on DVD. Definitely gotta have both endings though.

  • March 23, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Yor references! Wow.....

    by Quake II

    I wasn't the only one watching that shitfest on HBO in the 80's. Sheena, For Your Eyes Only, Cannonball Run 2, Megaforce, SpaceHunter, Popeye and The Beastmaster got daily play on HBO as well.

  • March 24, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    awesome night

    by cahcat

    the screening was an absolute blast! It THRILLED ME 100%!!

  • March 24, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

    by Halloween68

    Is one of the alltime classic 80s horror films, which deserves its own genre (80s horror films that is). This film needs to come out with both endings available on the DVD, along with every other special feature imaginable for making us wait this long. SONY can suck a cow nut for keeping all us fans from having it on DVD. I have to watch my old vhs copy or wait for it to come on tv to watch it these days. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. It's Miller Time, and it's time to step up to the plate and give this classic the release it deserves!!! I've been tooting this horn for years. Amazon has a veritible talkback in it's feedback for vhs availability. Same for IMDB.

  • March 24, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    IT'S MILLER TIME

    by turketron

    *BLAM!*