Friday Night at the Movies

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Adam talks movies while Dan sips Margaritas on a beach. Probably.

Adam: Dan, are you back from the sandy beach yet?
Dan?….


Dan: I’m back and I’m full of piss and vinegar.

Adam: Gross and that’s great news. Do you have an idea for a movie this weekend?

Dan: Sure do. We are doing Cheesy kid action / thrillers movies.

Tony: Oh hey! I have one I’d like to add to the list.

Adam: YAS! I love that.

Adam’s Pick

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As I sit here thinking about movies from my childhood that fit into this category a few great ones come to mind. However one movie that I love and feel doesn’t get the proper respect it deserves is the 1987 movie, Monster Squad.  

The Monster Squad is about a group of young kids that form a club squad that’s devoted to studying and talking all things monsters.  This group knows it all when it comes to monster lore, or so they think.

One hundred years prior to present day, Dracula and other monsters fought with Van Helsing over a special amulet. Van Helsing won the battle but the monsters unfortunately lived. Fast Forward to present day small town America and Dracula is back and up to no good. Dracula summons his old pals the Werewolf, the Mummy, the Swamp Thing and Frankenstein’s monster to help him to retrieve the amulet and control the world.

(Insert Evil Laugh here)

In the same small town that Dracula shows up in, a man claims that he is a werewolf and goes to the police station and asks to be locked up. While this is going on a mummy disappears from the local museum and a police detective is put on the case.

Sean, whose father is that same detective who’s working the strange mummy disappearance, is the leader of the monster squad.  After hearing about the disappearance of the mummy Sean finds his friends Patrick, Horace, and Rudy in his monster club. They try to read Van Helsing’s journal that was given to him by Sean’s mother. They quickly realize the journal is written in German and as none of them speak or read German they are forced to talk to Sean’s neighbor, the Scary German Guy. After a translation they find out monsters are real, that they’ll need a virgin, and lastly that  the amulet is the not only special but the key to saving the world. 

As a young teenager I found myself really relating to younger actors in the Monster Squad.  It’s not that I hunted monsters or had to save the world but seeing a group of kids roughly my age on the screen was appealing. The fact that monsters have always drawn my interest probably didn’t hurt either but I digress. 

When it comes to these older 80s gems, like Monster Squad, you have to keep in mind that this style of movie sadly no longer exists. Now maybe that factors into my movie suggestion for this week or maybe its just the general awesomeness that Monster Squad delivers but I really think this movie shines and it needs to be in your movie queue. 

Dan’s Pick 

Daniel Harms

Writing kids movies is better than going to see the Dr.
Jumanji, the moral of this story is playing dice will get you killed. Don’t do it.

*Spoiler Alert* but I think most have seen this movie

As true as that statement is that Adam so graciously wrote into the article, and I can attest to that because I went to the hospital yesterday, It is not as simple as that. Most of you know how I feel about Robin Williams, so you should know that I loved Jumanji growing up and still love it to this day. Getting stuck in a game from a young age and then having to live in the Jungle and survive made Williams’ character, Alan Parrish, have to face a lot of his fears and learn to survive. Then when two children stumble upon the game in their attic, little do they know the trouble they found themselves in when they begin to continue the game Alan started all those years ago. 

During their begining turns, they unlock Alan by rolling a five, and he is sent back to the real world where they have to finish the game. In order to do so, all of the players must continue, so they have to track down Sarah, Alan’s childhood friend and crush who started the game with him. Now that all the players are present they go through terrible and terrifying experiences to try to finish the game, even having to deal with a deadly hunter Alan knew from the jungles of Jumanji. 

This is a wonderful movie and is the definition of a kids thriller in my opinion. I am glad to be back to the real world in my own life and look forward to seeing what you have to say about the movie, and about other movies you think of!

Tony’s Pick 

Tony Sommer

When I was a kid I dragged my parents to see Small Soldiers approximately ten thousand times. I absolutely loved that movie. I guess there was something about a nerdy guy who designed high tech toys that tried to take over the world by attacking Spiderman’s girlfriend so he could impress the hot girl at work that I really identified with.

I looked it up, and Kirsten Dunst was 16 in this movie, so I am legally obligated to say I was not attracted to her while watching this as an adult.

In case you need Moar Movie entertainment

What’s your favorite cheesy kids action movie, Arrowhead Guys?

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saints_chiefsfan1979

Monster squad! Now that is my shit right thur. My brothers and I were obsessed with that movie . Horace (RIP) the anti annoying Chunk

ChiefDog
ChiefDog

Wichita people. Boondock saints is playing at 7pm at the orpheum. FYI. $7 date night

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979

honestly, if I had to pick my favorite movie of all time, Boondock saints has to be it. ‘What if it was 1 shooter with 6 guns”. ” Why don’t you let me do the thinkin , huh , genius”

Tyrone
Tyrone

When I read small soldiers I got it confused with Toy Soldiers. I haven’t seen Small Soldiers, but loved Toy Soldiers

Beachbeard
Beachbeard

Loved Monster Squad as a kid. Also….

Can’t go wrong with pie shooting Thompsons

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I don’t know if Ernest Goes to Camp fits in there somewhere but it should. Damn it if that is it still a funny movie.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Awe man the Ernest movies! I must’ve watched Ernest Scared Stupid a million time!

SpfldChief777
SpfldChief777

MIAK!

zulu trader
zulu trader

The Texas Chain-Saw Massacre was one of my favs 🙂

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I don’t have any kids

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Lol it’s a good one for sure.

workingmansdead

Nice wholesome family dinner scene in that one

jf
jf

I probably still think about this movie once a week despite not seeing it in 30 years:
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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

My kids actually enjoy this. The first one is still tolerable, the sequels are only to be watched in their rooms.
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CHIEFSandSABRES

Blast from the past here!

Leaf
Leaf

When it comes to kid adventure movies, there is only one correct answer

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MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I love that movie and now got my two older kids (6&9 years old) loving it too!

Nasrani
Nasrani

That one is phenomenal! Love it.

MasterChief
MasterChief

I had to scroll through the comments to make sure The Goonies was here. That’s my pick too.

Knightwolfbr

The original Jumanji was fantastic and the new one is also very enjoyable.

Tony Sommer

I couldn’t believe how good the new Jumanji was. I heard the description and was sure it was going to be absolutely terrible, but it was really good.

Knightwolfbr

Same. I saw the trailer and was like “…why tho?” I then heard from people that watched it that they enjoyed it a lot. My wife and I rented it and then immediately bought it. It is a great movie to turn on and just enjoy and laugh without having to focus too much.

Leaf
Leaf

I agree here. I loved the OG as a kid and thought for sure the new one would screw it up. They didn’t.

Daniel Harms

I was so surprised. They really did the spin on it justice

CHIEFSandSABRES

I remember my brother and I really liking the movie “Camp Nowhere” when we were younger. I had to look it up to make sure I got the name correct, but it has 6/10 stars on IMDb, so I mean it isn’t total garbage, just partially garbage. I’ll try to find it today and see if my kiddos even entertain it at all.

Tony Sommer

I rewatched Small Soldiers for the first time in about 20 years last night, and man it was really funny. I didn’t remember that at all.