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Rated PG-13 · 81 minutes · 1987

Seventh-grade horror fanatics come to the rescue when their town is invaded by Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Released in 1987, this kiddie comedy has accumulated a sufficient glaze of nostalgia to win a 20th-anniversary DVD package. But as a former seventh-grade horror fanatic, I was seriously put off by it: even a burlesque like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein managed to create some sense of genuine menace, yet the monsters here seem less reminiscent of the Universal classics than of a Universal Studios tour. Fred Dekker directed a script he cowrote with Shane Black, who moved on to greener pastures with the Lethal Weapon series.
Director: Fred Dekker
Cast: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert and Ashley Bank

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