"Wolfman's got nards." With those three words, a cult legend was born. "The Monster Squad" is a bona fide '80s underground classic. Director/co-writer Fred Dekker, along with Shane Black, crafted a story in which a group of small-town kids obsessed with classic movie monsters find themselves caught up in a Dracula-led plot to unleash hell on the world. Along the way they meet Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill Man (i.e. the Creature from the Black Lagoon). There are plot holes a-plenty, questionable performances and middling production values... and yet something about this movie endures even today. I'm a fan, and proud of it.
Now, in Hollywood's misguided green campaign to recycle everything, the comedy/not-really-horror classic has been targeted for a remake, according to a report from Deadline Hollywood. By original producer Rob Cohen no less, who would also like to direct. He certainly has experience behind the camera -- "xXx," "The Fast and the Furious," "The Skulls," "The Rat Pack" -- I'm just not sure he's the right guy to do this, even if his heart's in the right place.
There are certainly ideas I hate more than a planned "Monster Squad" remake; this one just feels more like a lost cause. The original is very much of product of its time, and the enduring popularity has more to do with the puzzle pieces falling into place just so. That's not to say a remake is incapable of recapturing that spirit, I just think the odds are against it.
Dekker responded to the report with a comment to Ain't It Cool News. "It'd be one thing if another filmmaker wanted to soil my sandbox... but if it weren't for Rob Cohen, the original movie would never have been made. So I don't begrudge him wanting to play in his own sandbox. I wish him well, and thank him for the opportunity he gave me in the first place."
It's a very diplomatic statement, if nothing else. Hard to really say how Dekker feels about the possibility of a remake, but he's clearly okay with Cohen treading where he's tread before. As a fan, I sort of feel the same way; a "Monster Squad" remake is largely unnecessary and the odds may be against it, but if anyone's going to do it right, it's Cohen.
Are you a fan of "The Monster Squad"? Do you want to see a remake happen? Is Cohen the right man for the job?