The Monster Squad

Plot hole: The army showing up at the end of the movie is wrong on numerous levels. 1) Eugene wrote and sent out the letter that day. I find it hard to believe the mailed letter got to the army in just a few hours time. 2) How did the army know to show up at time square? When Eugene wrote the letter, nowhere did it say where to meet. Plus the boys didn't decide to go to time square until the last minute. 3) since when is the army deployed to battle monsters based on a letter that was written by a child?

SAZOO1975

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Suggested correction: The army's arrival being unrealistic is a very deliberate joke, like the armadillo-rats from earlier in the movie.

Plot hole: In order to get rid of the monsters, Phoebe needs to read a text from Van Helsing's diary in order to summon the vortex. As Dracula approaches her, she becomes scared and misses on some words (the Scary German Guy is helping her read since she is 5 years old and she doesn't repeat some of the words he says). However the vortex still shows up to get rid of the monsters.

SAZOO1975

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Suggested correction: It is never specified that the incantation must be read verbatim to work.

BaconIsMyBFF

It also never states that reading only part of the incantation would work either. However, the mistake is still valid because the way to get rid of something evil by reading some "spell" you'd have to read the entire thing. Therefore the "virgin" shouldn't have been able to summon the vortex.

lartaker1975

Since "spells" are entirely made up and magic isn't real, you can't say that in this film every word must be read for it to work when the film itself shows otherwise. Every film gets to make it's own rules with magic, this film establishes that the incantation can be read "in spirit" to work. Other films might have different rules.

BaconIsMyBFF

It's always been implied in movies and books that incantations must be read word for word in order to work. Otherwise, what's the point of having all the words there if you only need to read a word or 2?

lartaker1975

Plot hole: There are numerous problems with the final scenes in this movie. First, it's inconceivable that these kids are out at midnight at all; the boys are only 12 and two others are 5. Second, it took several minutes, possibly miles, to get from the house on Shadowbrook Road to town square, but the vampire mistresses make it there in mere seconds. Third, the sign in the store window where the two bullies are hiding said closed, so how did they get in? Fourth, Patrick grabs slack from the mummy's wrist but when the arrow pulls tight, he begins unraveling from the foot.

Audio problem: In the mansion, the boys open a secret passage and fall through the floor. They scream after shining a flashlight on a skeleton. Eugene then can be heard whining that he wants to go home, but his mouth is not moving.

SAZOO1975

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Trivia: When Dracula grabs Phoebe and she screams, that was a real reaction from her because she was afraid of him when he was in full make-up.

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Question: At the beginning of the movie, it was stated that Van Helsing planned to use the amulet to send every monster to limbo but that him and his team blew it. How exactly did they blow it?

Answer: It is shown that Dracula's servants were successful in protecting their master. Dracula escapes while Van Helsing himself is sucked into limbo.

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