Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

The Monster Squad remake brings on some writers...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Looks like the guys at Platinum Dunes are serious about getting this remake of THE MONSTER SQUAD done. It went from Rob Cohen saying he wanted to direct it to writers hired pretty quickly. The writers in question, according to the Heat Vision Blog are cousins Mark and Brian Gunn. Yep, they're related to James Gunn who, whether he knew it or not, essentially remade Fred Dekker's other great '80s horror flick NIGHT OF THE CREEPS with SLITHER. Their biggest claim to fame right now is their work on the JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH sequel script. Th optimist in me can hope that the twisted humor prevalent in James Gunn's work runs in the family, but the rest of me just can't help shaking the feeling that this is a train wreck in the making. I was rewatching TRICK R TREAT recently and it struck me that if they're bound and determined to remake Monster Squad, if Fred Dekker is out of the running completely, then they should give the movie to Mike Dougherty. I posited that very thing on Twitter and Dougherty responded that he'd rather leave well enough alone, which I absolutely respect... but man, the dude gets the tone. I'm not sure the guys producing (and possibly even Cohen himself) see the value of this movie beyond "potential family-oriented franchise." What struck a chord with kids of my generation is that there were real troubles, real danger and although Black and Dekker (heh) wrote the kids to have slightly more exaggerated, noir-ish rapid fire dialogue they felt real. Kids cursing, but in an innocent way... that's how my friends and I talked then. We had just discovered cursing and awkwardly used these dangerous words when around each other. Small details like that I'm sure will be stripped from the movie. The lead kid's parents going through a nasty separation... all those little things add up. My greatest fear is the Monster Squad is going to turn into a slick, big budgeted hollow studio film that doesn't understand what spawned the fanbase for the original in the first place. The Gunns have a massive hill to climb. I hope they at least give it their all, but with such power producers onboard I have to assume their personal input is going to be minimal and they've been hired to make Cohen, Fuller and Form's vision. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • June 17, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    We are now recycling shit?

    by donkey_lasher

  • June 17, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Hollywood has eaten itself surely!

    by donkey_lasher

    Oh dear

  • June 17, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    This is a silly movie to remake.

    by fiester

    What's next, "Garbage Pail Kids"?

  • June 17, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by Bob C. Cock

    I'm going to go watch my DVD of the original and cry myself to sleep

  • June 17, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    are responsible for making the best movies to ever come out of Hollywood. <P> Anyone who disagrees is a liar and a troll. Box office equals quality.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    JONAH HEX = biggest disaster since Gulf oil spill


    73 minute running time, check it out:

  • June 17, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Written by Dick Geozinya and Heywood Jablowme

    by AzulTool

  • June 17, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Every fucking time I hear Platinum Dunes....

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    something dies inside.Platinum Dunes raping the movies of yesteryear.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Slither is awesome.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Criminal that the REAL old-style balls-out exploitation throwback of it's year, got out-hyped and out-done by the risible Snakes On A Plane. <p> <p> Gregg Henry was the SHIT in that film. <p> "I'd better not turn into a fuckin' MOLLUSC!!"

  • June 17, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The last part of my childhood that hasn't been raped...

    by rballen81 has writers to fuck it all up

  • June 17, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Monster's Squad = poor man's Goonies

    by Degaussed

  • June 17, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Monster's Squad = Fucking dumb

    by Faggoteer

  • June 17, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I agree with Degaussed and Faggoteer...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Monster Squad does not age well at all.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Jesus Fucking Christ

    by LaserPants

    Monster Squad? Really? They've gone so far to the bottom of the barrel, they've broken through the other side, tunneled into the dirt, and emerged on the other side of the globe. END HOLLYWOOD NOW. It's the ONLY fucking solution.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: The Prequel Trilogy

    by LaserPants

    You know it's coming.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad is terribly overrated

    by Kal Reeve

    I don't get the love either. I liked it okay as a kid, but I watched it last year and could care less for it. It lacks charm and likable characters. <p> <p> Goonies is where it's at!

  • June 17, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    by HerbWestAustin

    Fuck Platinum Dunes! They acquire great horror titles that were made by different people of different times and ruin them with their polished MTV bullshit style.

  • June 17, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad is a really good movie.


  • June 17, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    from the writers that brought you journey to the earth

    by ORIONgods

    bring the goonies-lite

  • June 17, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    You guys are lame, MONSTER SQUAD fucking rules.

    by Mike_D

    It was the edgy goonies, they could kick the goonies's asses.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad=Goonies with Nards

    by therealkumar

    Goonies is a piece of fuckin' shit.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Wolfman's Got Nards

    by Wouldja

    I hate Hollywood. There is no need to remake this. It was perfect already. Same for Red Dawn too.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Transylvania 6-5000 remake?

    by venvariants

    Seriously - Transylvania 6-5000 is way better than boring ol' Monster Squad...

  • June 17, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The Monster Squad...

    by WarrenSmooth

    was an awesome movie. Almost as good as Night Of The Creeps.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve

    by skimn

    I'm with you. I enjoyed back in the '80s, but when I watched it last year, it didn't age too well at all. Came off WAY too much like a Goonies wannabe mixed in with Famous Monsters magazine, pad puns and bad jokes included.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    And Wolfman's got nards

    by skimn

    is not some great line to be requoted like a comedy legend. It's funny if you're 12.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Definitely, skimn

    by Kal Reeve

    Despite its efforts, its humor is not near as quality and clever as that of Goonies. And the kids in Goonies have have far better chemistry. <p> <p> Also, The Goonies has a sweet-natured, charming feel to it. Monster Squad feels kind of crude and (maybe I'm off on this) cynical. <p> <p> But I did kind of like the scene where the main character and his father eat Burger King on the roof of their house.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad was awesome. This remake will likely blow ass.

    by Lornsorrow

    Typical. There you go.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Better wolfman than wolfman in original

    by UltraTron

    And the creature rocks. The Richard edland effects hold up in a classic ilmy way. No reason whatsoever to make this again.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hex Clip:

    by DavidDunn

    Just click: [url][/url]

  • June 17, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    by DavidDunn

    just copy and paste i guess

  • June 17, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Rob Cohen...

    by Baryonyx going to go all CGI with the gill-man, I bet you. Don't do it, Rob - use Steve Wang again to sculpt a cool Creature suit!

  • June 17, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    The treatment received by Trick 'r Treat is retarded

    by SoylentMean

    That movie should have been the progenitor of a yearly series. I'm extremely glad it's part of my video library, but the fact that I had to wait over two years to fuckin' see it is just asinine.<P> The Monster Squad shouldn't be remade merely because kids now won't have any frame of reference for a "re-imagining". <P>

  • June 17, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by JShanW


  • June 17, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Night of the Creeps/Slither double feature

    by SoylentMean

    Just one more Halloween tradition added to a long line of Halloween traditions.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow hits DVD 9/28!

    by SoylentMean

    Right now that's my most anticipated Horror release this year. There should be a discussion page for that bag of awesome on AICN. Dammit.

  • June 17, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    If you were a kid growing up in the 80

    by SoylentMean

  • June 17, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    's, Monster Squad was fuckin' awesome!

    by SoylentMean

  • June 17, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Is it as good as I remembered? Nope.

    by SoylentMean

    It's better.

  • June 17, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    These are actually the writers for Transformers 3

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • June 17, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I was a kid during the 80's.

    by TheComedian77

    When you're 10, 12 or whatever it's cool. When you're 33? Not so much. In fact, it pretty much looks like it was made by pre-schoolers.

  • June 17, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Jane Goldman should write it

    by Cobb05

    I don't know how much she contributed to Kick-Ass, but that's the tone we need for The Monster Squad. James Gunn also wrote the Scooby-Doo movies and I have a bad feeling that's what the Monster Squad will turn out to be.

  • June 17, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Whether the original rules or is terrible is moot

    by lochkray

    I just can't see enough name recognition in the property to see the need to remake it. Make a goonies rip-off with kids fighting public domain monsters - that's fine. Why call it "monster squad"? To entice 33% of Ain't it Cool readers over the age of 30 who fondly remember the original? Not exactly a classic property. Hell, it rates somewhere below Short Circuit and above Spacehunter: adventures in the forbidden zone, in terms of popular recognition.

  • June 17, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    A remake could actually be good!

    by Cruzboy

    I loved the Monster Squad as a kid and decided to find it again last year. As a lot of people said, it hasn't aged well at all... its incredibly boring, the monsters look awful, it's not scary... and the story is just terrible. Goonies on the other hand I bought on dvd and is still bloody entertaining, even now.

  • June 17, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    we arew working on this now and trust me it will be updated

    by JettL1993

    there's a particular reason platnum dunes has been pbuying up 80's horror franchises, what classic monsters will make appearances, but we are also writting in jason freddy and are working on sqeezing chucky and michealmysrs in there. We have some great ideas bouncing around right now and as soon as i'm done with the current draft of batman 3 i will be digging right into monster squad

  • June 17, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Joahna Hex A 00%

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    LOL I've never seen a 00% before

  • June 17, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad holds up, unlike Goonies

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    What do people see in that goofy, piece of shit movie?

  • June 17, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Nipples is correct: Jonah Hex currently has 00% at RT


    24 reviews, all rotten.

  • June 17, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Hey Jett: any insight into what went wrong with Hex?


    Surely you have some insider perspective...

  • June 17, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hex

    by BadMrWonka

    Interviewer: Josh Brolin, you've just come off of a critically praised turn in a Best Picture Oscar winner, what are you looking to do next?<p> Josh Brolin: I'm hoping to get involved with an adaptation of a mediocre comic book where half my face is torn off, and I get to act next to Megan Fox...preferably directed by a guy who's never directed actual humans before. <p> Interviewer: Um...what? <p> Josh Brolin: Oh, and if it's written by the mentally handicapped teenagers that wrote Crank, it would be a dream, but I'm not sure we can get them. <p> Interviewer: Oh, I bet they're free...

  • June 17, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Okay, we get it. Johan Hex sucks.

    by DiscoGodfather

    Do you really need to tell us so in EVERY thread?

  • June 17, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by JettL1993

    I wasn't involved with the jonnah hex production, but from what my collegues have told me it was studio interfearance. Hexx went into production long before WB/DC created a new film division and therefore WB had full control over the film and made several changes. I have only seen dailies from the film so i can't comment on the quality but if it did turn out as bad as they say it did we can only have Warner bros to blame

  • June 17, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by JettL1993

    Hexx was written as an R rated film and it was filmed as an R rated film, WB stepped in with a new editor and made it PG, my collegues tell me thats the reason for the very short runtime

  • June 17, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    This is the moment I an hero. Fuck you Hollywood.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • June 17, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    DiscoGodfather: this is epic levels of suck


    Besides, every thread on this site right now is about remakes of 80s childrens' properties, and I have no interest talking about that shit.

  • June 17, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    come on...

    by Robusto

    Monster Squad was really when your were 10 and you stayed over your friend house and they rented it on vhs. But for some reason this site site sucks it off like it's high art. You could go your whole life and not see it and be just fine. It was a little hammy then and very hack-Spielberg in many ways Plays great with Mac And ME. It's a giant product placement away from being shit. I have much more nostalgia for something like The Third Eye on nickelodeon or Saturday the 14th.

  • June 17, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    ...really just ok...

    by Robusto

  • June 17, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Couldn't agree more robusto

    by nicegoogly

    Monster design wasnpretty good for the time except for Count Dorkula. Best scene is the chick in satin panties. That's it. I just rented it on blurry and age has not been kind to it. It hadvgreat potential, but fell apart completely at the end. Ripping off the evil dead vortex was lame. It didn't deserve love when it came out and it does not deserve a remake. Formthose so concerned that a remake will suck, they are not remaking Star Wars here. I do agree that our cuurent state of morals in movies featuring children will dispense with the children cursing and references made by them with any sexual content. Goodbye panty scene.

  • June 17, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Corner animation?

    by one9deuce

    What is that from?

  • June 17, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    The Monster Squad was NEVER awesome...

    by GreenSkinFlatHead

    It did have cool characters from the late Stan Winston Studio but it was just a dumb Goonies ripoff!

  • June 17, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by stringerbell

    theyll be remaking jonah hex before its even out

  • June 17, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    So good movies "deserve" remakes? What the fuck

  • June 17, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Awesome Review of the Monster Squad!

    by JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoo

    These guys got it down! Great review.

  • June 17, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck a remake...

    by ladevastation

    watch the original. The cinema cool guys sum it up very nicely. Check it out above... you'll see the magic that the remake will never capture.

  • June 17, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    One of the great things about having a 10 year old daughter:

    by Grammaton Cleric

    is rediscovering movies I loved when I was her age with her. Yes, the flick is definitely more crass than I remembered; but she absolutely loved it. How can you not love Creepy German Guy? "Your time is almost up...the pie is nearly gone." Great stuff.

  • June 17, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Hooray For Monster Squad (to the tune of Hooray For Hollywood)

    by Snookeroo

    Hooray for Monster Squad<br>Another re-make and I swear to God<br>I'm gonna burn a studio house down<br>Cause these movie ass clowns<br>Have only a singular plan<br>Re-tread shit as long as they can.

  • June 17, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    DIdn't Monster Squad bomb?

    by RPLocke

    Why on Earth would they want to remake that?

  • June 17, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Van Helsing was better than Monster Squad...

    by Mundungus

    .. but you weren't 11 years old when Van Helsing came out. <p> "Wolfman's got nards!" Who the hell ever said "nards" before that?

  • June 17, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    "Dear Army guys please come...

    by Bootskin

    ..there are monsters - Eugene." --Whoever doesn't like this movie has a shriveled black nugget where their soul should be. Watched it three weeks ago. Aged considerably well, and I'd put it up next to Monster House as one of the best (of the few...) examples of "kid-horror" ever made. Granted there were "wobbly" moments, but there was some pretty great moments too.

  • June 17, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    MONSTER SQUAD was very good...

    by planetran_fan

    ...and respectful of the classic Universal monsters. If you don't love classic monsters, then you just don't appreciate it. Goonies was just another Spielberg addled piece of shit with kids in it. Those of you who love The Goonies are Bogus! Get it?

  • June 17, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Platinum Dunes, love or hate them...

    by Jaka making themselves a bit of cash and immediately putting it back into producing more films. Can't really talk too much shit about that. Their films, sure. But not that.

  • June 17, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by Bootskin

    ..I posted that "Dear Army guys.." thing as my facebook status a few weeks back, and about 30 or so people immediately caught the reference (immediately being over the course of about three hours....). Goonies was the better film, in my opinion, but I still think Monster Squad had a really cool vibe.

  • June 17, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    This should be remade...

    by VermithraxPejorative

    Because the original had a great idea but it sucked. I loved it as a kid but when I rewatched it. it felt cheesy and old, yet movies like Goonies still have the same effect on me.

  • June 17, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Platinum Dunes remaking Monster Squad

    by The_Crimson_King

    I swear to god, they are TRYING to fuck with us

  • June 17, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Dracula Wants the Amulet!

    by TheJudger

    You Bitch! <P> Quint I have to keep the tradition alive. <P> That said, I have no hope or this project as of yet. Isn't PD behind it? And shouldn't the keeping it fresh and exploring new ideas see it shed itself of the noir 30's era monsters and moving instead into the 80's Slashers? So it should be called The Slasher Squad? They couldn't use absolute carbon copies of the uni monsters in The Monster Squad, so they made their own version of them. Under the Pd banner theres Leatherface, Jason and Freddy, but no Michael Myers or Chucky. So they could make their own versions of the Doll and the Boogieman. <p> We all knucked up on Karate Kid for not being KungFu kid. I say we do the same here. We have a film called The Monster Squad and it cant be made better than it is. So give us a Slasher Squad instead.

  • June 17, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    no hope "for"

    by TheJudger

    damn typo hell why do you forsake me!?!?!?!?

  • June 17, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    people who hate The Goonies = fucking retards

    by The_Crimson_King

    I am shocked by the hate The Goonies is getting, you guys have ten feet poles up your asses, anyway Monster Squad is a really fun movie too and I say that as someone who first saw it this year

  • June 17, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    people who hate The Goonies = everything that is wrong with AICN

    by The_Crimson_King

  • June 17, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Thank God, they'll never remake Goonies because...

    by thecomedian

    Most kids today DON'T PLAY OUTSIDE ANYMORE. If they remade Goonies half the cast would be fatter than Chunk. The closest they would come to an adventure would be an online RPG team up. Sad.

  • June 17, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Goonies is awesome. NEVER SAY DIE!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • June 17, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    indeed, what the fuck is wrong with people?

    by The_Crimson_King

  • June 18, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    People LOVE Goonies

    by RPLocke

    I bet a movie sequel to Goonies would do better than Monster Squad.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Goonies is so good, so special for me personally...

    by Jaka

    ...that I don't even care if other people hate on it, don't get it, talk shit about it, etc. If they can't feel the magic of The Goonies, it's their loss, really.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by Liquid Meddle

    Just had to say it, now I'll shut up and go back to rioting.

  • June 18, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Where da Jonah Hex scathing review at?

    by JoeSixPack

    COME ON! I need another funny article pissing on the film. It makes me laugh.

  • It's a shite state of affairs and all the fresh air in the world will not make any fucking difference.

  • June 18, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    have to agree about it not holding up well

    by Broseph

    i bought the dvd in 2008 when it came out watched it but didn't feel that same love or enthusiasm i did as a kid. stand by me however is a film that still brings up alot of the emotions i felt when i saw it as a kid.still enough of the fucking remakes

  • June 18, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I will never pay for a remake!

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    So fuck the studios, and their no talent hack writers and directors!

  • June 18, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    What in the HELL!?

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Would it kill these fuck wads to make something original? Is there some new law against originality? Well, I guess as long as you rehash shit and people keep eating, they will keep feeding it to us.

  • June 18, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by james4543

  • June 18, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    james4543, die in a fire. fucker.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • June 18, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    The Monster Squad needs no remake...

    by CuervoJones

    ...but maybe a sequel. Dekker and Black are unbeatable.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Black & Dekker

    by CuervoJones

    We need you!

  • June 18, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST

    But honestly...

    by sai_justin

    "My greatest fear is the Monster Squad is going to turn into a slick, big budgeted hollow studio film that doesn't understand what spawned the fanbase for the original in the first place." Do they ever go another route? [Most] remakes are crap. Fuck Hollywood - I'm done. These movie sites, with their retarded pre/post-tween posters, the adults with no vision but access to a computer; none of us can change the CRAP that Hollywood pumps out, and it's only gonna get worse. I imagine a day when there ARE no longer opinions, and to see what thestudios do then - if they can't fuck up films based on a bunch 'o backward-ass retarded internet opinions, let's see how they fuck cinema up on their own!

  • June 18, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Actually the creature was great. So great it was more

    by UltraTron

    realistic than the entire wolfman director's cut's effects. So when do we get a straight up creature from the black lagoon remake?personally I prefer the 70s blacksploitation classic Creature from the black Neighborhood. I never thought I would grow up to prefer the african black people who live in America over my own race of white Anglo/Saxon german/Irish Sioux Indian Acadian/French Welsh But I gotta go with genetic purity on this one. I'm just so fucking sick of the White Anglo/Saxon German/Irish sioux Indian Acadian/French shtick.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Welsh too

    by UltraTron

  • June 18, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see a Movie based on Darkstalkers

    by Stalkeye

    Just as long as it doesn't involve Uwe Boll or to a lesser extent Paul Waste-of-Sperm Anderson.<p>And yes, MS is very overated.

  • June 18, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck are the Toy Story 3 reviews?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Best reviewed movie of the year, and yet Harry would rather shill crap for his friends, like Scott Pilgrim.<p>Also - "My greatest fear is the Monster Squad is going to turn into a slick, big budgeted hollow studio film"<p>What laughable nonsense. The rose tinted glasses of childhood indeed. Most remakes are indeed soulless cash-grabs but Monster Squad was crap in the first place, on a par with Mac and Me and other 80's product placement best forgotten. Fun when you were 10; watch it now and you will see it for what it is. This isn't a genuine classic like NOES we're talking about here. And The Goonies is a legitimately great kid pic; no comparison to Monster Squad, none at all.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    even as a kid growing up in the 80's

    by TheManWhoCan

    I thought Monster Squad was lame, as was Fright Night. The fact that they are remaking them I couldn’t care less. The new Fright Night already sounds 2X better then the original. Monster squad will probably be as lame as the original most likely worse if Dunes are involved. <p> The Goonies was the quintessential tween 80's movie. It rules all other kids-in-peril movies to this very day. Hasn’t been beaten, nothing has even come close. Except maybe The Explorers, but the chemistry in Goonies even blew that one out of the water. <p> Anyone who says monster squad is better than the Goonies is either a liar who hasn’t watched both movies, or a complete sub-mental halfwit who probably thinks Empire Strikes back is the most boring starwars movie. Those people actually exist! It’s fucking scary! <p>

  • June 18, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I'm with you: let's have a solo Creature movie. But, as I said earlier, we gotta get Steve Wang to do it again. He's THE fish-man guy: look at the Abe Sapien suit he created for Hellboy.

  • June 18, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    These guys wrote PG Porn

    by Shpadoinkle

    so they're alright by me. I laugh my hole off at that series every time and their sensibilities are just warped enough that this could be great. I was born in 1982 so I fucking love Monster Squad (like everything aimed at kids from the 80's it doesn't hold up too well now though), same as I love Goonies, The Explorers, Flight of the Navigator and anything that sparked my sense of adventure as a child. Those films inspired me and my friends to be braver and spend all our time outside (but then, in Ireland there was fuck all to do inside just climbed trees and jumped off rooves alot) and despite their seeming lack of sophistication in the current cinematic climate, they defined an era for so many of us. Rose tinted glasses maybe but it's the same as never forgetting your first kiss...these are markers in our lifespan which should be upheld with warm regard.

  • June 18, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    AICN : individuwha?

    by Bouncy X

    "if you don't like what we do, you're stupid and wrong." ....oh its so lovely here. :P

  • June 18, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Platinum Dunes will NEVER make a good film.

    by Ecto-1

    Everything they do is shit so there's no way this is gonna be any different. Rob Cohen is a studio hack so he's a terrible choice to begin with. And as for those writers: they're actually making a sequel to that piece of shit Brendan Frasier flick?

  • June 18, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I saw it for the first time last year....

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    and it wasn't very good sadly. The concept sounded brilliant, so I had high hopes but it just didn't come off very well. It could be done better, but it definitely won't under the "creative influence" of Platinum Tools. These people don't have an original bone in their body, and every film they have touched has turned into shit. <p> Still, I'm sure Harry will give it a good review ;O

  • June 18, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Saw the cast at Comicon...well most of them.

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Hope to get one of those spiffy new Monster Squad posters off Ebay. The hallway scene was my favorite.

  • June 18, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    A Couple of Strikes Against This One Going In

    by Dave I

    First, the first one wasn't that great. Sure, it had the "wolfman's got nards!" line of dialogue, it played with the notion of the older sister as the virgin except she wasn't sort of toying with the notion of teenage sexuality and those older sisters. But as a kid, I watched it in the theatre and didn't love it, never really had any desire to see it again. <p><p>Second, as a general rule I HATE remakes, reboots, or plain money grabbing milking of stuff. Sure, there are exceptions. I am at least interested in (but haven't seen) the new Nightmare on Elm Street, and an at least curious how Let Me In turns out. This just screams lazy reheating of a property that wasn't that great in the first place. <p><p>It's a monster movie with kids. How hard is it to take that concept and do something original with it? Make something that is this generation's Monster Squad, or Goonies, or some fresh new iconic movie that won't be compared to the original that will make the producers proud and give them the credit for creating something rather than just copying somebody else's innovation and leeching off their creativity. If you wanted to make a kid-and-monster centric movie, man, there's a lot you could do with that premise OTHER than making the same movie that was already made 20-some years ago. This isn't urinating on my childhood, but it is the kind of my thing I will go out of my way to avoid. <p><p>As an aside, is anybody else really starting to hate Platinum Dunes? <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 18, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Remake the NBC tv show Monster Squad!

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Y'know..when they were wax figures brought to life!

  • June 18, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Dave I

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    Do not let your curiosity get the better of you and waste your time with the Nightmare remake/reboot. It's dreadful. Gone is the surreal and suspenseful atmosphere of Craven's original and in its place are constant (about 45 in total) jump 'scares' and dream transitions into that sickly, green or blue music video lighting - not unlike Saw 2-4. <p> The whole beauty of the original was that - just like a dream - you never knew when they were dreaming or awake. In the remake, the classroom dream is now just the lighting going blue and the classmates turning to ash! <p> Ironically, I nearly fell asleep during the film. I NEVER fall asleep watching films - especially not in the cinema. Oh, and before anybody blames me for seeing it and adding to its box office total, I didn't pay to see it. I pay a monthly fee for a cinema cards and see as many as I want to. It only cost me my time which was too higher a price to pay...

  • June 18, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    part of monster squad's charm

    by MurderMostFowl

    I think part of Monster Squad's charm and several other 80's movies, like "The Gate" and "Lost Boys", and even "Ghostbusters" to some extent, is that they were all "fear revenge" movies.<BR><BR> It zeroed in on that 10-12 year old inside of us that was actually afraid of monsters, ghosts, vampires etc, and said "you can conquer your fears.. you don't have to be afraid of this, in fact you can really kick some ass" <BR><BR> That is the audience you have to make the movie for. If you make it for anyone else, you'll miss the mark. <BR> One problem I see culturally may be that horror movies have gone so far the other way, there's no "classic" monsters to be afraid of anymore... very little that kids have access to. ( unless you are fucked up parents that let your 10 year old watch SAW, but then you've got problems of a different kind )

  • June 18, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    MurderMostFowl, Interesting Point

    by Dave I

    That's a pretty valid point. I think movies that have kids working themselves through situations, facing their fears, overcoming adversity, and coming of age are kind of lacking. I might get slammed a bit for this, but Harry Potter (books & movies) have that, with Voldemort, the Dementors, even with Dudley or Malfoy as bullies. <p><p>As far as kid-accessible monster movies, I think you make an excellent point. I always found vampire, werewolf, zombie, original-creature type monster movies and stuff, arguably even Freddy Krueger, or the bad guys in Goonies, were all kind of fun because they were scary, unknowable, and yet generally you had kids who were able to somehow against all odds win (or at least survive). Maybe Krueger and similar are poor examples since they seemed to kill like everybody except for like one kid a movie or something. <p><p>When you strike a balance and have something like Ghostbusters or Lost Boys where it's scary, suspenseful, sometimes funny (in parts or maybe throughout like in Ghostbusters) but involves kids/people winning out and is smart enough to engage adults, it's a great thing. Ginger Snaps was a pretty good example of that actually, to me at least. What we have now are a lot of SAW, Hostel, and Devil's Rejects type of movies that are likely to just screw kids up for life. <p><p>Interesting conversation point MMF. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 18, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Do hope it runs in the family.

    by impossibledreamers

    James Gunn is a pretty awesome dude. Met him a few years ago and he's definitely got a sense of humor but he seems to know what makes good horror work. Even as silly as the Scooby movies are, could anyone else have nailed them?

  • June 18, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    No word on the supposedly sucktacular Jonah Hex?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    I was expecting someone here to eviscerate it. Another flick into the ol' AICN memory hole, I guess.

  • June 18, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Plan 9 in 3D???

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Vampira's rack will poke everyone's eyes out! Those 50's chicks were pointy.

  • June 18, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by GarysMidgetCorpse

  • June 18, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Goonies was,is and always will be

    by v3d

    Utter crap. When it first came out Cinefantastique wrote the most spot on critique. "It's like being force fed stale cupcakes." A stupid premise, horrible overacting and the cheesiest happy ending in movie history. Why the love for this thing?

  • June 18, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Goonies was,is and always will be

    by v3d

    Utter crap. When it first came out Cinefantastique wrote the most spot on critique. "It's like being force fed stale cupcakes." A stupid premise, horrible overacting and the cheesiest happy ending in movie history. Why the love for this thing?

  • June 18, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    "The Gate another one that didn't age well

    by Broseph

    i was watching it on fearnet not long ago and couldn't beleive how bad it was.the sad thing was i thought it was the shit when i was a kid i even own 1&2 on dvd.lost boys still holds up

  • June 18, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Live action Drak Pack!

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    You know the early 80's cartoon with the sons of Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man who teamed up to fight crime (Mostly a dude called Dr. Dred who'd headquarters were in a souped up dirigible) and traveled around in a flying car called the Drakster.

  • June 18, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    v3d, Goonies . . .

    by Dave I

    To me, Goonies is fun, with some absurdity obviously, but it kind of captures virtually every kid's dream to somehow find that hidden treasure that has been lost, forgotten, or just never-found, go on an epic adventure, and save the day both by overcoming odds and making everything right in your life (either keeping parents from getting a divorce, saving a family member from a fatal illness, or in this case saving your home from being bought out). I still think it is a fun movie. <p><p>-Cheers

  • June 18, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Gooines was a fun movie

    by RPLocke

    Mikey and Chunk were the best characters. It's a little perverted at the beginning, but the movie is never boring.

  • June 18, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    The charm of the classic monsters is gone with

    by TheJudger

    kids of today. that is th ebiggest problem here. Back then everyone still believed in a dracula and monster from Dr Frankenstein, and a wolfman and a mummy and gillman. Kids today wouldnt watch those films because they are in black and white. And no one dresses up as them for halloween when you crunch the numbers. The classic monsters for todays kids are in fact Michael Myers, Chucky, Jason, Leatherface, Candyman, and Freddy Krueger. they know very little about the classic monsters and they really dont admire them like kids did in the 80's and thats a fucking fact. My sister has a litter of her own, and those kids know a lot more about the 80's monsters than they do about the universal ones. So how then do you make us think these kids are thrilled to suddenly have a Monster or Freaked to be at war with the the Count. I cant see it and Smoking cussing and nose streams of cola. It's just not happening Pheb's. The film is a product of it's time and if you try to drag those elements into todays world it wont fucking work, besides like some one else said, no one goes outside anymore. No one buys music in stores no one builds fucking forts, the drive inns are relics and most states only have 1 or 2 in them. These kids would only see each other at the bus stop and then they would hang out on xbox live playing games with each other or facebook. People live in caves now. The outside world is boring and it takes to long to get things in it. This shit wont work. It will seem like a lie if you try to replay scenes from the movie, which you shouldnt do anyways but PD doesn't have a track record that shows that they can actually do something new and original with the source material, they resuse as much of the original as they can.

  • June 19, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Loved Goonies as a kid.......dispise it as an adult

    by darthSaul666

    Would have no problem showing it to the kids as long as I was in another room...... That is one of the best examples of knowing where my tastes have changed IMO.... not meant for anyone over 12. I can respect it, doesn't mean have to like it.

  • June 19, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Monster Squad yeah,,, another remake I can skip!!!!

    by darthSaul666

    At least no one in Hollywood has made a remake of anything by Takishe Miike to the best of my knowledge... If I'm wrong, please enlighten me. I won't mind.

  • June 19, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Goonies is a good litmus test

    by The_Crimson_King

    if you don't like Goonies you have no sense of fun

  • June 19, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Platinum Dunes do a Monster Squad type film...

    by brodiebruce_405

    ...with all their stolen properties? After all, Freddy Vs Jason was pretty much the only recent crossover that worked AT ALL. So yeah, they could do schoolboys vs Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and whatever else they've stolen

  • June 20, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Monster Squad was Van Helsing done right

    by chien_sale

    As far as concept and what it tried to accomplished. And their Dracula was a thousand times better.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Also Trick R Treat sucked

    by chien_sale

    Don't let Dougherty get anywhere near Monster Squad.

  • June 20, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    They should re-do the orig. Lost Boys script

    by chien_sale

    Before Shoemaker took over Lost Boys it was supposed to be about a horror version of Peter Pan. Hence "Lost Boys". Kids that never grow old...and eats people. All the characters were supposed to be kids even the heroes. They should take the original script and make a movie.

  • June 20, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by TheComedian77

    So, you like Monster Squad, and you think Trick R Treat sucked? You don't watch horror movies. To you, horror is a Count Chockula box.

  • June 20, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    jordan shoes $46.99-$51.99 . Discount activity

    by jordanerinc4 Discount activity 40%discount Supply . Air Jordan Shoes. Safe Payment.Paypal Fast Shipment.5-7 days you can receive your order product. No min order request.You can order only one product Free Shipping.The price on our website are including everything. Jordaner,Inc. We are the best online dealer,about all kinds of retailing and wholesale trade wordwidely for years. Free Shipping And Customs,Super Sale Off Retailing,With 1Week Delivery to your door. Thank you for your support.

  • June 21, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    The Judger is right

    by Bouncy X

    and sadly i can totally see them just using generic monsters and nobody specific from horror/movie history. it would give them the excuse to keep the same title and concept.

  • June 21, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Anyone bemoaning this being remade

    by RSSR

    and thinks of this as a memorable film has horrible taste in movies, simple as that.