Directed by Fred Dekker
Third in our series of family frights is the 1987 classic, Monster Squad. This is one of my all time favorite movies as it incorporates elements I love, and that seem to be lacking from most contemporary movies, e.g. a group of kids saving the day, secret meetings in a clubhouse, and the Universal Monsters! Monster Squad is the story of a young boy and his friends who standup against Dracula when he shows up in their town, along with the recently resurrected Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Mummy. Frankenstein's monster is there as well, but in this film he is even more of a sympathetic character than we’ve seen, his friendship with a young girl is one of my favorite aspects of this film. Again, this is an eighties movie so it has definitely aged a bit, but I believe it holds up quite well. The characters and their relationships are timeless. The film is rated PG-13 so parents might want to give it a pass before letting younger children watch it. All in all this is a wonderful movie full of monstrous fun for the whole family. A must watch for me every Halloween season!