Every once and a while, a film comes along to define a generation. MONSTER SQUAD was most certainly not that film, as it was a monumental failure at the Box Office. Despite the lackluster reception the film received upon its initial release, the 80s aesthetic of the film about a young boy and his friends forming a club to fight the forces of Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Wolfman eventually worked its way into the hearts of 80s horror movie fans. There was just something about the film that was too adult to be appropriate for children but too childish to be taken seriously by adults that seemed to epitomize both kids and monster films of the decade, while still being something both strangely unique, ridiculously over-the-top, insanely juvenile, and just plain downright fun.
Well, cult-fans aren’t the only who appreciate the immature yet endearing nature of the film, as writer/director Shane Black recently sat down in an interview with IGN about THE NICE GUYS. With the film’s 30th Anniversary coming up, Black describes his surprise over how the fanbase for the film has grown over the years:
“The cult surprised [me]…I didn’t even realize it had been successful. I loved it, I had fun working on it and it was one of the first things I’d ever written. And it wasn’t just that it wasn’t a hit – it was a huge failure. No one saw it. I don’t know how on earth it caught on years later.”
He went on to describe the possibility of some ideas about revisiting MONSTER SQUAD at some point in the future:
“When you say the kids are grown-up the first thing I go to is the movie, or the book really, IT by Stephen King, which is about kids who fight monsters when they’re young, then as grown-ups they’re sort of beckoned and they have to return to their childhood hometown. And I think that’s kind of close to what you’re saying in a way. I don’t know how you would distance yourself from that.”
“It would be interesting to have two movies – one THE MONSTER SQUAD, and one THE MONSTER SQUAD and they’re 30 years apart and so are the kids; the characters have aged. As long as people understood that’s what we’re doing, I think that could be fun. That’s a good idea!”
(At the risk of editorializing, HOLY EXPLETIVE BATMAN, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS AMAZING AND I NEED IT NOW!!!)
Black brings up an interesting premise, following the kid’s having to revisit this extremely formative (and most definitely traumatic) experience from their childhood could be a very interesting way to bring everything in this hypothetical sequel full circle. Given the upcoming remake of IT coming down the pipeline and the recent success of the 80s throwback series STRANGER THINGS on Netflix, it’s not that farfetched to imagine the story of the MONSTER SQUAD grown up 30 years later. However, long-awaited sequels haven’t always captured the attention of audiences. TRON: LEGACY provided a visual spectacle and stylized score, but not enough substance for audiences to bring in enough cash for the third part of the trilogy (not for me, though. I love that movie, and the highly underrated TRON: UPRISING. If we’re talking about a MONSTER SQUAD sequel, could I please get my TRON trilogy wrapped up? Please, and thank you!). Even earlier this year, many critics felt that INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE could not possibly live up to the expectations that had been building up for 20 years. With so many years of anticipation, tied in with the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia that make many people see past the flaws in the original product, many sequels are already predisposed to failure. That being said, MONSTER SQUAD could very well provide the substance for a fun, silly, yet still very clever satire/possible homage film—a love letter to the 80s horror and children’s films that made the original possible. Whether or not Black would be able to pitch it in a way that sounds profitable to a studio is up for debate, but personally if a sequel were to come out, I’d be there on opening night with a bowl of popcorn and an unreasonably optimistic grin on my face.
What do you think of Black’s idea for a potential sequel? Are you a fan of 80s throwback films, or do you think filmmakers should stick to the here and now? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Check out the original MONSTER SQUAD on Amazon.com!