The Monster Squad Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Monster Squad by Bruce Broughton.
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At a glance:
Geek Score: 98.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 51.5
Album Excellence: 93.7%
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The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror/fantasy comedy film directed by Fred Dekker and starring Andre Gower, Duncan Regehr and Stephen Macht. Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. The score is composed by Bruce Broughton.
I have to say, as a kid in the 80s, I regret not watching this one. It’s one I sadly missed and I don’t remember why. Well, I think that the movie just wasn’t marketed in Norway back then and besides, we didn’t have the internet so it was purely based on word of mouth. Well the word never reached me sadly. The score has been released before, but now we get an expanded (re-issue of the Intrada release (Slightly different track list) + extras) and remastered version from newly found elements containing 55 minutes of film score and 79 minutes total including the song “Rock Until You Drop” by Michael Sembello and “Monster Squad Rap”. I will like always concentrate on the film score which starts with ‘Main Title / The Van Helsing Prologue’ which is a long monstrous cue, over 7 minutes long. Lengthy cues and Broughton is not something that occurs often to my knowledge so have fun with this one. It opens with a proper monster theme, horns and everything. It’s dark, it’s doomsday and soon the end of the world as the monsters are ready to take us all. Well it’s very exciting, and the main theme is pretty good, but it’s what happens after which is the best part. This is really big, bold and adventurous music inkling back to the days of Steiner and Waxman. This is very exciting and you can probably tell I’m not a big Broughton fan, but this is something I’ve never quite heard from the man and I love it. It continues with equally exciting ‘Scary German Guy / Bat In The Hold’.
I have a deep love for classic monster scores and this one has the sound of it. It’s not far off from being the perfect homage to classic horror scores and that’s saying something. I hope we get to hear scores like this again. I heard rumours that Universal (or was it Paramount?) will bring back the monsters so maybe there’s a chance for some proper monster music in the coming years. Yes, this is superb fun and by far the most exciting Broughton score to date (that I have heard). If there are any more Broughton’s like this please let me know. Im reading on various forums that the sound quality on this one is vastly better than the old Intrada release thanks to finding those new master tapes. I don’t have the Intrada version to compare, but this one does sound superb in every way. I can hear amazing detail coming from the orchestra and I love that. This is an hour+ of old fashioned monster music and you can’t beat that. It’s an excellent surprise to me, but I bet it’s not so surprising for most. It’s a superb release of a superb score so go get it while you can.
1. Main Title / The Van Helsing Prologue
2. Scary German Guy / Bat In The Hold
3. Let It Begin *
4. Lock Me Up! / Wolfman Wakes Up
6. Class Reunion
7. Mr. Alucard
9. Van Helsing’s Diary / Monsters
10. Walking Dead Guy
11. Scary Mask
12. The Old Wolfman Ruse / Not Clark Kent / Twinkle Creature
13. At The Mansion / On All Sides
14. Recovering The Amulet
15. Goodbye Band Aid Breath
16. At Sean’s House
17. The Vampire Killed / Kill A Wolfman
18. Creature Carnage
19. Phoebe and the Count / The Final Vortex
20. End Credits *