Length: 1Hr 19
Release: 14.8.1987 (no UK release)
About: Five youngsters find themselves up against the combined might of Dracula, the Mummy, the Gill Man and Frankenstein’s Monster who arrive in town in search of a magic amulet.
- It’s a great way to homage the Universal monster movies of the 40s and get them all into the one movie.
- The film has a decent cast of kids and adults. They’re used well and have moments to stand out.
- While on the short side, time wise, it matches up to the similar lengths of the monster movies it’s emulating.
- Having young Phoebe be the one to do the spell that frees the town was brilliant. Not sure how I feel about it being the result of the original reader not being a virgin. Perhaps it was an original idea at the time, but it feels tropey by today’s standards. Also, when it comes to Phoebe, I love the friendship she has with Frankenstein’s monster.
- Gillman’s face is incredible. It seems to rectify all the issues I had with the original design.
- It’s another film that almost forgets who they want their audience to be. I always find it odd when a film centres around young teens that can’t go see the film themselves.
- It’s lacking something. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but not having it makes the film feel longer than it is and a bit like The Goonies’ cousin no one likes to talk about.
It checks all the boxes for a decent film, but it falls flat on the overall feel of the film.