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The Monster Squad (1987)

NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the 2009 Lions Gate 20th Anniversary Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases. The 2013 Olive Films release does not have any commentary tracks.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Fred Dekker and actors Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, and Ashley Bank Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 4th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
A very fun-filled and nostalgic track from the "Monster Squad" gang, led by Dekker. The group is fresh off many viewings from the recent "20th Anniversary" reunions and conventions. Fred repeats some of the information from the first track, namely the many "homages" to classic horror comedies like "Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein." Dekker also helpfully points out the CV of all of the actors, parts large and small, and clarifies filming locations not covered in the other track. Ashley Bank is charming, and has a surprisingly vivid recall of events surrounding the filming. Such as, asking her mom's permission to say "chickenshit." Ryan Lambert pokes fun at his own line readings, as well as his early stint on "Kids Incorporated." A good sport who jokingly ribs Dekker for editing scenes to make "Rudy" look like less of a "badass." Finally, Andre comes across as the real pro of the group; chiming in on the more technical aspects, and also having fun with some of the plot contrivances. A terrific group commentary, with the perfect mix of information, riffing, and respect for fans of "The Monster Squad." 9.5/10
Commentary 2: Screenwriter/director Fred Dekker and director of photography Bradford May Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 8th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Dekker and DP Bradford May team up for a more technically-oriented commentary. Fred relays the environment on the set, with fellow Director Peter Hyams playing the role of mentor, and meddler. Hyams' style called for more "atmospheric" lighting and less camera movement. Obviously, May and Dekker went for a more dynamic approach, and colorful, realistic lighting. The listener learns quite a bit about anamorphic lens, and May adds how the shooting approach would differ, 20 years later. Fred almost habitually points out minor flaws in the filming, be it editing choices or in staging certain scenes. Very similar to the track he contributed to "Night Of the Creeps" (1986). The duo are very enthusiastic, with May overly impressed with the new presentation. Fred fills the commentary with all of the expected "homages" to horror films of yesteryear, and credits Shane Black with creating fresh characters and dialogue that have stood the test of time. 9/10