Alright! That’s the first thing to pop into my head when I read the headline at Deadline that the Monster Squad was going to be back in action. Then the more I read, the more I learned that it was going to be a remake, not a sequel. “Alright!” was replaced with “uncalled for.” Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 film that was compared to The Goonies for the longest time. But instead of looking for treasure, these bunch of friends hunt monsters. How cool is that?
With a leader that sports a red, “Stephen King Rules” T-Shirt, the group goes monster hunting when Dracula arrives in town looking for a mysterious green-glowing amulet. Along with that most famous vampire are pals Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man (aka Creature from the Black Lagoon) and The Mummy. The movie would appear super-cheesy if viewed by today’s audience, which is probably why Platinum Dunes is producing the remake. But it had a magic about it that can’t be recaptured by pretty-faced young actors found on ABC Family or the CW.
Rob Cohen who produced the original hopes to direct the remake. I guess Shane Black, who co-scripted the original, would be too busy with to oversee the remake.
The Pulse: People who know me know how much I like The Monster Squad. For the longest time it was unavailable on DVD. Then it got a release back in July 2007, much to the delight of fanboys everywhere. It has since made it’s arrival on Blu-ray. I seriously doubt any remake by the likes of Michael Bay and Rob Cohen will recapture the magic of the original. And besides, I seriously doubt it’ll include a music montage like Michael Sembello’s “Rock Until You Drop.”
Travis Leamons is one of the Inside Pulse Originals and currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Inside Pulse Movies. He's told that the position is his until he's dead or if "The Boss" can find somebody better. I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!