The cult-classic Monster Squad was inspired by horror monsters and golden age comedy. Director and co-writer Fred Dekker was especially inspired by Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and thought “What if we did a Little Rascals movie in which they meet the Universal monsters?”
Go behind the scenes of the monster mash below!
1. Liam Neeson was almost Dracula.
Neeson’s audition impressed the team, but they ultimately went with Duncan Regehr. “He kind of blends sort of elements of Christopher Lee, [Bela] Lugosi, [Frank] Langella. He’s got a little bit of everything,” Dekker said of Regehr’s performance. During the production, Regehr stayed in character and costume, which spooked the young actors. “I saw him coming one way, and I went the other,” Ashley Bank remembered.
2. Universal turned it down.
They approached Universal Studios with the project but were turned down. The trick then became making the monsters recognizable without infringing on Universal's copyright – and thus, getting dragged into court. For example, with Frankenstein, they avoided using green make-up for his face and rather than using bolts on the side of his neck, used electrodes on the side of his forehead.
3. Andre Gower wanted to play Rudy.
He actually screen tested for the part, so when he got the call that he had been cast, it was a surprise that he was instead going to play Sean, the Monster Squad leader. “I was actually disappointed. “As we all know, Rudy is the cool kid,” Gower said. “But I think it all worked out. We have a pretty good cast.”
4. Monster Squad has a cameo in another creature feature.
Director Fred Dekker came up for the idea for Monster Squad before his other film Night of the Creeps was released. Similar to Squad, Creeps borrowed elements from B-pictures in creating a monster universe. Creeps also includes a shout-out to Monster Squad in a bathroom scene. Written on the wall is “Go Monster Squad!”.