See, that’s the perfect example of a tricky title. If you’re like me, a huge fan of the original Fred Dekker 1987 classic Monster Squad you’re probably hoping for news of a sequel. If you’re a cynic, you may have automatically just assumed that this was, yes, a remake.
The boys over at Bloody-Disgusting had a chance to talk to Rob Cohen (The Mummy 3) and found out that Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to remake the cultish childhood classic. It was also revealed that Rob Cohen may produce, but wouldn’t plan on directing, a remake of Monster Squad.
The original is really a fantastically fun piece of cinema revolving around a group of misfit kids who have to fight a host of classic monsters including Dracula, Wolfman, The Creature (from the Black Lagoon) and The Mummy. Frankenstein’s Monster is also in the flick, but befriends the children. An anniversary version of the DVD is available and I say – buy it. I love this movie. If you have any doubt to it’s awesomeness, recall that it gave us these immortal words: Wolfman’s got nards!
As you may guess, with a love so strong and deep for this film, a remake sounds like a horrible idea. I wouldn’t want to see a direct remake – the chances of them capturing the old essence are virtually zero. But the idea of a group of misfits butting heads with a variety of monsters still appeals to me, so I will watch this very carefully with 7 parts anxiety, 1 part fear, and two parts excitement. Of course, I’ll keep all you fine folks in the loop too.