Oct. 1, 2021

#40 - "The Monster Squad" (1987) with Gerry D.

#40 -

“The Goonies”. “Stand By Me”. “Ghostbusters”. “The Little Rascals”. And “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”. They all share some shred of creative DNA with this bonafide 80’s cult classic. So as we kick-start this year’s spooky Halloween season, sharpen those wooden stakes you made in shop class, hide the silver bullets in your half-empty pack of cigarettes, and prepare to “Bop Til You Drop” as Tim Williams and guest co-host Gerry D discuss “The Monster Squad” from 1987 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback podcast!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Jason Hervey wears a Walter Payton shirt in this movie while his onscreen brother from The Wonder Years, Fred Savage, wears a Walter Payton jersey in Princess Bride.
  • Due to licensing issues, the crew had to create characters that were suggestive -- but not exact copies -- of Universal's iconic monsters. "The challenge was to suggest those classic creatures, without really copying them," explained Shane Mahan, "because we didn't have permission or the license to use those specific images. So we could do a 'Gillman', for example, but it couldn't look too much like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It was frustrating for us at first, because, of course, we wanted to do the original designs! But we couldn't. We could only suggest those designs. So the Frankenstein monster looks a bit like the Karloff creature; but instead of bolts in the neck, he has bolts in the forehead. There was a certain percentage of changes we had to make to get away from any legal copyright infringement.”


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo





Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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