Documentaries about classic movies have become popular over the years, driven by fans’ interest in how their favourite films were actually put together.
Offering a behind-the-scenes look at how effects were created and scripts were finessed goes beyond the usual director’s commentary found on the ‘extras’ section of a DVD and most of this new wave of in-depth documentaries are fascinating.
But the interestingly titled ‘Wolfman’s Got Nards‘ particularly appealed to me because I had seen the subject matter – the now ‘cult hit’ that is The Monster Squad – soon after it was released in the old, gold days.
Personally, I wasn’t won over by the original film as it hit the screens at the same time as a lot of other amazing movies and paled in comparison. But that’s the point of this documentary – in the case of The Monster Squad, it’s the rediscovery of this overlooked film that has created a devoted fan following and achieved it cult status in recent years.
Directed by its lead actor (former child actor, Andre Gower) part of Wolfman’s Got Nards’ appeal is its romantic view of film making in the eighties. It was an exciting time for producers who found it surprisingly easy to make their fantastic ideas a reality and see them on the big screen. As this documentary explains, this didn’t always guarantee immediate success but an insight into life behind the camera during an 1980’s film’s production is fascinating nonetheless.
Another particularly interesting element of Wolfman’s Got Nards is how team behind the Monster Squad managed to licence the use of the Universal monsters and put together some jaw-dropping costumes. In fact, many of the crew went on to make a huge impact in their respective fields, even though The Monster Squad was somewhat of a flop.
Wolfman’s Got Nards may have had one of the more peculiar titles of all the films screened at this year’s Arrow Frightfest, but it turned out to be one of the most entertaining flicks, leaving me with a definite need to seek out a copy of The Monster Squad and see if it really has improved with age.
Film buffs will rejoice at this latest opportunity to further explore the inner workings of the horror/movie industries of years gone by.