20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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RETRO SHOCK: “Nards another Teen Witch movie.” (1987) This is Halloween, that time of year where small town kids brandish silver bullets and cigarettes against an apocalyptic army of universal horrors. So, with membership cards in hand, Bob and Tim are calling on THE MONSTER SQUAD a 1987 teen comedy about staking vampires, detonating werewolves and enlisting your younger sister for a virgin sacrifice. Its an adventure like The Goonies … but not actually the Goonies.

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - who is onboard the Love Boat?
00:00:47  BOB BRINGS THE TOPIC - and its Witch-free
00:02:38  AUGUST 14TH, 1987 - and a bad rendition of Wolfman Nards
00:09:28  GOOD MEMORY/BAD MEMORY - and how much of a memory
00:13:01  MODERN DAY - winking right off the bat(s)
00:17:51  UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM - recognizable monsters and the makers who made them
00:22:25  DIGGING SOME PLOT HOLES - and Goonies ‘R them?
00:28:41  FAN SERVICE - and will Bob’s daughters watch it?
00:34:16  NOT SO UNIVERSAL - and one bad effect
00:44:55  AN ODD SQUAD - so just who do you relate to?
00:51:11  FAN DISSERVICE - and how to kill a werewolf
01:00:25  GOOD REALITY/BAD REALITY - and Megaforce on DVD
0:102:47  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase
01:04:42  OH …ONE LAST THING - scary German guy
01:09:23  SPECIAL FEATURES - another rendition of Wolfman Nards

THE MONSTER SQUAD is available for streaming at HULU.com, AMAZON PRIME, YOUTUBE, ITUNES and GOOGLEPLAY. All sites unaffiliated with 20th Century Pop! and Calamity House Productions.  Rental and subscription rates may apply.

Thrill to the wide-screen tease of Lycanthropic testies with this ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER TO THE MONSTER SQUAD.

Have the exact nature of the Monster Squad explained by members of the Monster Squad in this EXCERPT FROM THE FILM MONSTER SQUAD.

Assemble your silver-bullet-tipped bird house in shop glass via a montage set to ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP as performed by Michael Sembello in the original film.

Get (some) of the Squad back together with the 2013 MONSTERPALOOZA MONSTER SQUAD DISCUSSION PANEL featuring cast and crew members from the original production.

Behold some unrealized pages from the original screenplay with THE LOST PIECES OF THE MONSTER SQUAD as originally published at BRANDED IN THE 80S.

Polish off some nostalgic appreciation as Monster Squad director FRED DEKKER DISCUSSES 35MM FILM PRINTS in an excerpt from OUT OF PRINT, a documentary about the New Beverly Cinema by documentarian Julia Marches.

Get an emotional glimpse of the cult following to this cult classic by viewing the official trailer to WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS: A DOCUMENTARY and then visiting its official site at THESQUADDOC.COM.

And … finally … there’s … ahm … THIS (which might explain that Love boat opening to the episode).

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

“Monster Parade” performed by Loyalty Freak Music from the 2018 album WITCHY, BATTY, SPOOKY HALLOWEEN IN SEPTEMBER available at Freemusicarchives.org.  Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication.

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return next week to check the expiration date on some 20th century snack foods.