When The Monster Squad was released back in 1987, it kind of flew under a lot of radars. Now I was lucky enough to catch it in movie theaters. For the whole week it seemed to be playing in my neck of the woods. Growing up a Monster Kid of course meant this was right up my alley. I ask you how anyone could in fact pass up the movie with a poster as epic as this?
Image courtesy of IMP Awards.
However the disappointing box office didn’t in fact sink the film. As it seemed to find that audience it needed when it was released on VHS. While it may not have been the success the filmmakers were hoping for – like creating a sequel. It on the other hand has enjoyed a second life as a veritable cult movie.
Which is why in this case that those mad geniuses over at Fright-Rags are now offering a poster forThe Monster Squad. The artwork is by the talented Abrar Amjal, used in fact on their sold out T-Shirt series!
Images courtesy of Abrar Ajmal and Fright-Rags.
As you are a visitor to The Retroist I am positive that you’ll see the need to obtain this for yourself. On the other hand this is the Season of giving, right? You can click the link up above to visit the official ordering page.
While you are waiting to order The Monster Squad poster…why not listen to Rock Until You Drop by Michael Sembello?
Still hungry for more about The Monster Squad? You are in luck as The Retroist covered the movie in his 70th podcast!
In addition I would like to thank the always awesome IMP Awards for the theatrical poster in this post. Furthermore if you want to really see some amazing collectibles and info for the movie – take a quick hop over to Shawn Robare’s Branded in the 80s!
It’s still hard to believe with all of the greatness you can see in that trailer that this movie bombed at the box office. I can recall watching it at the Drive-In with my Father and we were having an absolute blast with the movie…all around us were people just talking and playing the music on their car radios at full blast. No respect for Jack nor the Pork Chop Express…very sad.
I really enjoyed the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s legendary Virginian Sci-Fi hero, John Carter. To be fair there were some things I thought didn’t quite work but it by no means made me regret spending my hard earned money for a seat in the auditorium.
There is something that I am very upset with though…and that is the marketing of the film, it’s been talked about by almost every site on the web, and as can be seen below from the John Carter Files YouTube channel there are a great number of fans that refuse to be content with the media that has been offered for the film.
When I saw Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid at the Drive-In in my youth I didn’t realize at the time just how many classic Noir films were used as clips in the film, now I own most of those Noir movies in my DVD collection.
‘DMDWP’ was brought to you by the same people behind the Jerk and while it may be comparing apples to oranges I still think this movie is incredibly hilarious.
Of the many fantastic posters showcased on that site, and you’ll be seeing some of them here in the future, I decided to pick this one as tonight is the 84th Annual Academy Awards and A Man For All Seasons took home the Oscar for best picture (The 39th recipient to do so) and Best Actor for the legendarily talented Paul Scofield among others.
Besides Paul Scofield it boasts Orson Welles, Leo McKern, Nigel Davenport, Susannah York, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, and a young John Hurt in it’s cast. If you’ve not had the pleasure of viewing this classic film I would recommend you pick it up and give it a watch.
Many thanks as always to the ever impressive IMP Awards for the original theatrical poster you see up top.