Cinepocalypse 2018: Wolman’s Got Nards
Review by Stephen Harper
Without doubt, one of the most overlooked films ever is Fred Dekker’s 1987 classic The Monster Squad. This was a movie I watched endlessly growing up and still adore to this day. I recently re-visited it a few months back and it’s dated extremely well because of the phenomenal practical effects of its Universal Monsters. In my opinion the creatures in the movie are some of the best concepts ever put in film, which will probably raise a few eyebrows, but it’s the truth. It was kind of a mix of The Goonies meets the Universal Monsters, with fantastic performances from its child actors and amazing FX, the blend works perfectly.
Even though the movie bombed on release, probably more due to its promotion and the fact that The Lost Boys completely stole the box office, The Monster Squad went on to be a cult classic, not only because it finally found an audience through video rental, but because it’s an amazing movie and even thirty years later it’s probably just as relevant today with the resurgence of retro TV such as Stranger Things.
As part of the amazing Cinepocalypse 2018 I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to watch director Andre Fowler’s Wolfman’s Got Nards, an utterly wonderful documentary exploring how the movie came to be, how it originally failed and how it rose from the ashes to propel to the cult status it is today.
Chatting to director Fred Dekker and co-writer Shane Black of Lethal Weapon and the up-coming The Predator fame, we find out the true story of how this unique tale has captured the hearts of fans across the world. Not only do we get the cast and crew, but we get interviews with some serious big-hitters of the industry such as Seth Green, Heather Langenkamp and Adam Green. They, like most fans share their memories of how they love the movie and how it influenced their careers.
For the first time we’re able to see behind the scenes footage of the creature FX that intrigued ever me since I was a kid. We see the cast all grown up and how it’s impacted their lives, especially now the movie is having its second wind and we also hear from fans old and new.
The documentary is a must for anyone who loves this movie. Fans have been craving a behind the scenes documentary about The Monster Squad for years, well now it’s here.
Review by – Stephen Harper