The Monster Squad is an underrated cult horror comedy from 1987 about a group of pre-teen boys who, using their knowledge and love for monster movies, must put their brains to work when Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf-Man, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon come to town to try and get an amulet that will help them rule the world. Written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and directed by Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps), it was a fun love letter to the classic Universal monster movies, and is the definition of a cult film. After 28 years of brewing popularity, let's take a look at what the cast and filmmakers have been up to since its release.
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Andre Gower - Sean Crenshaw
The Monster Squad was Gower's first starring role in a film, as well as his largest role in any production after many guest appearances in shows such as St. Elsewhere and Knight Rider. After the film, Gower went back to acting mostly in television, scoring bigger roles on shows including Square One Television and The Hogan Family. However, according to his website, he retired from acting at the age of 18 to pursue a college education at Louisburg College and UNC-Asheville, and currently coaches actors and others entering the entertainment industry, along with acting and producing some smaller movies.
Robby Kiger - Patrick
Kiger was the Squad's second-in-command, but unfortunately that was pretty much it for his career. He had previously starred in the 1984 adaptation of Stephen King's Children of the Corn as Job and followed Squad up with the lesser-known Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael before retiring from acting in 1990. He hasn't really been in the public eye since then, only appearing at the occasional horror convention.
Brent Chalem - Horace "Fat Kid"
Chalem played the comedic relief constantly targeted for bullying in the film who becomes a badass by the end and gets the respect from the bullies, and he played it well. After The Monster Squad, Chalem went on to have small roles in Punky Brewster, Mr. Belvedere and Quantum Leap before retiring from acting and studying law and working as an assistant at a law firm. Sadly, he died at the young age of 22 from pneumonia.
Ryan Lambert - Rudy
Lambert put his stamp on the film with his infamous Rudy, the rebellious high-schooler that smokes, dresses like a 1950s greaser and hangs out with the middle schoolers to make himself look even cooler. Since being in the squad, he gradually left acting and pursued a career in singing and playing the guitar.
Michael Faustino - Eugene
Eugene was the youngest of the group in the film, as well as the youngest actor, being only 8 at the time. After the film, Faustino picked up a number of roles in some TV shows and movies, including Blank Check, Suburban Commando and Married with Children. After these roles, Faustino retired from acting in 1996, and hasn't really been seen in the public eye since.
Mary Ellen Trainor - Emily Crenshaw
Trainor was certainly one of the bigger stars in the film, having made a name for herself as the 1980s mom in The Goonies and continuing with that role here. She went on to appear in over 40 other roles after The Monster Squad, some of the most notable including police psychologist Stephanie Woods in the Lethal Weapon franchise and news reporter Gail Wallens in Die Hard. Sadly, the actress passed away from complications due to pancreatic cancer on May 20, 2015 at the age of 62.
Duncan Regehr - Count Dracula
Duncan Regehr brought his own sort of twist to the role of Dracula in a way that really works, using an American dramatic accent versus the stereotypical Transylvanian accent. He had been in a couple major productions before The Monster Squad, including V and My Wicked, Wicked Ways. Since his portrayal as the famous vampire, he went on to be in The Family Channel's adaptation of Zorro, as well as the straight-to-video sequel Air Bud: World Pup, and now focuses on his artwork more than acting.
Tom Noonan - Frankenstein's Monster
Noonan was one of the other major names in the film, having received wide praise and recognition for his role as Francis Dollarhyde/The Tooth Fairy in Manhunter, the first adaptation of Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon. However, unlike most previous Frankenstein adaptations, his monster is actually a good guy in the film, showing plenty of warmth towards the group, especially Shaun's younger sister Phoebe, even throwing Dracula onto an iron fence and impaling him. After his role as the monster, Noonan has since gone on to appear in many big-name and independent productions, including Last Action Hero, The House of the Devil and the sci-fi adaptation of 12 Monkeys.
Jonathan Gries - The Wolf-Man
The human form of the Wolf-Man was really focused on in this movie, never detailing how he became the creature. But, the actor portraying the role, Jonathan Gries, has become a big name in the acting world since this movie, playing over a 100 different roles after this, including the incredibly weird and popular Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite.