Here's another influential childhood fav. Over the years Monster Squad has gained a massive cult following with midnight screenings being held in various places... I'm proud to say that I was on board from the get go. As a kid this was about as good as it got. Director Fred Dekker's intention was to essentially make "The Little Rascals Meet The Universal Monsters" and thats a fair description. The result comes off as a movie that would get away with being The Goonies 2. The kids are the same age, they're in a club, both movies are named after said club and the characters from each movie pretty much parallel each other. The story has Dracula returning and resurrecting a posse of classic Universal monsters including the Wolfman, The Mummy, Gillman and Frankenstein. Searching for an emulate which will win him the battle of good vs evil, what Drac didn't count on was a local group of kids who specialise in monster-movie-trivia. Interestingly Universal Studios denied the rights to use their monsters in this movie and so fx artist Stan Winston modified each creature slightly as not to encroach on trademark and the effect adds a new quality to the characters. The movie is the ultimate scary kids movie and they should embrace it. Monster Squad shows kids that movie monsters are fun. Thinking back, perhaps this movie influenced my love of horror.... [for fellow geeks, the 2 disc dvd features an excellent 90 minute retrospective].