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QOTD- Influential Movies



“Wolfman’s got nards!”


When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at the house of a kid in my neighborhood that I didn’t even really like. Why would I do this, you may ask? Because not only did his family have HBO, they had a VCR. It was amazing. In a time before Netflix and watching movies on your cellphone, the HBO/VCR combination was as close as a movie-obsessed kid like me could come to watching movies on demand.

I watched a lot of movies back then, and I remember liking most of them. But a few stand out as real favorites. Goonies is one, obviously. As are Ghostbusters and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. However, when I think about the first movie I can really remember wanting to watch over and over again was a little movie called The Monster Squad.

From what I remember of this film, it’s the story of a group of suburban kids who end up fighting it out with a coalition of classic movie monsters led by Dracula. The kids are exactly like the Goonies if you took out the Asian kid and added a Ray Ban wearing 80’s cool guy who wears fingerless gloves, and the monsters include the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman, whose inclusion sparks a running debate about werewolf genitals that I remember finding extremely funny when I was nine. It was the closest thing to a horror movie I was allowed to watch when I was a child, and I never looked back.

Is there a movie that stands out when you think about your childhood?


Full disclosure, I just watched the Wolfman nards scene on Youtube, and its still pretty great. Don’t know if that says more about the movie or about me. I’m choosing not to dwell on it.

About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

One comment on “QOTD- Influential Movies

  1. Christopher Margolin
    April 2, 2014

    I have a few that truly stand out: The Good Son (creepy, but true), Fatal Attraction (first nudity I ever saw… sneaked a viewing in at a friends house when I was 9), and Snow White.

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