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If you grew up in the 80’s, you’d probably agree that The Monster Squad is one of those quintessential coming-of-age tales that perfectly pays homage to the world of the classic Universal Monsters and still remains one of the greatest kids-oriented adventure flicks of the last 25 years.
Tasked with putting a modern spin on our favorite movie monsters of all time was special effects master Stan Winston, who rose to the challenge of bringing five of the most iconic characters of the genre to life on the silver screen in a way that was faithful to their origins but still made them accessible to the flick’s younger audiences as well (i.e., let’s give The Wolf Man some nards!).
And while Shane Black’s screenplay and Fred Dekker’s directorial efforts on The Monster Squad are certainly two of the main reasons why the film continues to find new audiences (and remains a favorite amongst us older fans), there’s just no denying that Winston’s work on the iconic movie monsters is its heart and soul.
Winston’s designs for Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man and The Creature were all simple, yet elegant and, to this writer, felt like Winston took his cues from the classic creature features of the 50’s and 60’s while still feeling fresh and vibrant all at once. The bottom line is that Winston’s approach was as timeless as the characters themselves, making his special effects work on The Monster Squad a personal favorite of this writer.
In honor of his stunning creations for The Monster Squad and countless other projects throughout his career, Dread Central is proud to present to you our exclusive behind-the-scenes photo gallery as part of our Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters celebration. Check out our stills from The Monster Squad below courtesy of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and look for our final exclusive gallery to wrap up the Halloween season shortly.
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