Review: ‘Wolfman’s Got Nards’ – The ‘Monster Squad’ Documentary

When it was released in 1987, The Monster Squad was deemed a failure by critics and was, according to the box office, a film no one cared about. But over the last three decades, word of mouth has turned this sleeping hit into a cultural phenomenon.

WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS explores the relationship a dedicated audience has with The Monster Squad. This documentary takes an in-depth look into the film’s conception, response, cult status, and revival. Through interviews with the cast, crew, screenwriters, directors, academics and original reviewers as well as through never-before-seen footage, it turns the lens on an audience of self-proclaimed misfits who have kept the film alive for more than thirty years. The film is directed by star of ‘The Monster Squad’ Andre Gower and Produced by Henry McComas & Andre Gower

This insightful and heartwarming documentary features newly filmed interviews with the cast & crew (including writer Shane Black and director Fred Dekker) as we follow them around on their tour of reunion screenings for the film as well as featuring fans from around the world including a few well-known faces such as Seth Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Green, Heather Langenkamp & Adam Goldberg.


Whilst there are plenty of insights into the making of the movie (especially featuring the special effects team and exploring the links to the Universal movie monsters..) this is not really a ‘making of’ but instead focuses on the lasting impact of the film which has in recent years been re-discovered by fans old & new and attained ‘cult movie’ status and even features some more touching emotional moments for the cast/crew and fans alike. In fact the film goes beyond its premise and explores the very concept of what makes a ‘cult’ film and whilst it will be a must-watch for ‘Squadders’; this angle means it is also a fascinating watch for genre fans and fans of cinema in general.

The documentary itself is expertly shot, cut and scored. It is divided up into bitesize chapters with graphic and animated vignettes in-between that also incorporate fan artwork. This easily fills its 1hr30min run time and will have you instantly wanting to re-watch The Monster Squad (or perhaps watch it for the first time).

4/5 – A great insight into the lasting impact of ‘The Monster Squad’ and the concept of cult film in general.


Watch the film now on Amazon Prime US or order from Amazon UK and most other VOD services

Find out more at TheSquadDoc.com

Check out The Monster Squad on Amazon Prime/BluRay


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