Netflix Review: The Monster Squad

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The Monster Squad   By Adrianna Zampieri

With October finally here, and while most people are getting hyped up for fake pumpkin-flavored everything, we’re gearing up for scary movie specials to take over the airwaves and streaming feeds. ‘Tis the season for monsters, candy, and haunted houses—so start off your countdown to Halloween with a cult classic, “The Monster Squad.”

In this 1987 film, Count Dracula reunites a group of loyal followers to aid him in his never-ending (slightly cliché) quest to rule the world. He searches for an amulet, which once destroyed, will shift the balance between good and evil in evil’s favor. Of course no one wants that to happen, so it’s up to an outcast group of 12-year-old boys to thwart Dracula’s diabolical plot and save their town. They call themselves the Monster Squad.

Throughout the movie, the A-list of movie monsters make random appearances, including the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, a mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. And the best part about them? They’re not computer-generated images. “The Monster Squad” uses traditional prosthetics and makeup to portray their monsters, creating an atmosphere of authenticity modern monster flicks just can’t mimic.

Be warned though, because “The Monster Squad” has some offensive language that might leave you cringing. But hey, it was the ‘80s; there were no holds barred.

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