I owe The Uncle
a debt of gratitude for insisting that I watch the movie The Monster Squad
. I had been under the impression that, when younger, I had rented it several times, but I feel now that it's more likely that I just remember seeing it's fabulously memorable cover art in the video store over and over again. It was awesome in every way that an 80s movie should be, complete with the fat kid, the cool kid, the hot older sister, the creepy German neighbor who turns out to be a good guy...just perfect. One kid had a "Stephen King Rules" t-shirt on for the first 1/2 of the movie, and another was sleeping in a "Robotech" outfit. Fantastic!
This movie is out of print, and even on eBay fetches upwards of $40 when it rarely shows up. I managed to rent a copy from my local Hollywood video, amazingly enough, as they have quite the tape collection still. I called them up and asked what the 'lost tape' fee would be if I was 'unable to return it', but sadly they would not give me a straight answer! I think it involved something like 'the price to replace the movie' so it would remain to be seen what they base that on! I more highly suspect that it will end up on the 10 for $10 rack soon enough, and is yet another reason why my monitoring of that clearance isle must be ever vigilant!
Posted by charlie on February 10th 2007