Monday, November 1, 2010

Nights on Bald Mountain 2- The Summit: The Monster Squad

Each day in October, intrepid blogger Alex Boivin will watch a horror movie. These movies are all new to him and are part of his month-long effort to fill in his gaps in the horror canon. If he doesn't die from fright, you just might get to read about about his exploits in cinema during the Halloween season.

Here it is folks, the post you've all been waiting for. After Saturday's grueling experience in cinematic terror, I opted to end on a high note. My personal fears and obstructions have been conquered, now it's time to relax with something much lighter. And what could be more lighter than a bunch of twelve-year-olds fighting monsters?

Count Dracula has assembled a group of evil creatures (consisting of the public domain versions of the Universal Monsters: Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Creature From the Black Lagoon) and seeks to find an amulet that will give him the power to take over the world. But wouldn't you know it: the amulet's resting place is in the suburban United States, and the only thing standing in his way are a bunch of meddling kids who watch too many horror movies- the titular Monster Squad.

If one had to describe this film to a stranger (and one does because one is writing a blog post about it), one could say that it's something close to The Goonies coupled with the aforementioned Universal Monsters. The Monster Squad themselves are a bunch of hilariously foul-mouthed kids and the fact that the story is seen through their eyes makes it all the funnier (the corpulent member of the gang, the Chunk analogue, is named "Fat Kid"and the kindly old Holocaust-survivor who assists them in combatting the Forces of Evil is named "Creepy German Guy").

Aside from the kids who curse like longshoremen, I found this one to be a fitting capstone to October's adventures in horror. Grown-ups are always telling the Squad how monsters aren't real and horror movies and magazines are rotting their brains. But who do you want in your corner when the Wolfman attacks you? You'd probably want someone who's seen enough werewolf movies to know that the only way to kill one is to shoot him with a silver bullet, no explosions allowed.

Also, Wolfman's got nards.

Final Verdict: 60 Congos

Thanks for playing, everybody! See you next year! Now let's party!