‘Monster Squad’ star Andre Gower fires up Brooklyn fans

At Downtown's new Alamo Drafthouse

November 3, 2016 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"The Monster Squad" fan Zac Clark (center) poses with the film's star Andre Gower (right) at Alamo Drafthouse while another fan unknowingly photobombs in the background. Photo by Mary Frost
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Andre Gower, who played 12-year-old Sean Crenshaw in the 1987 film “The Monster Squad,” was swarmed by fans on Halloween night at Downtown Brooklyn’s newest dine-in movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse.

His appearance was part of an opening weekend program of new releases and classic films.

In “The Monster Squad,” a young group of monster enthusiasts, led by Sean, band together to save their hometown from Count Dracula and a host of old time monsters.

After the screening, admirers peppered Gower with questions, shared their enthusiasm for the film — which has since become a cult classic — and posed with him for selfies.

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While films like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” were scary for kids, “The Monster Squad” was empowering, said game designer Zac Clark, who was 9 years old when he first saw the film. “You felt like, I can fight the monster!”

“You just hit it on the head,” Gower said. “That’s what a lot of people are saying: why [the film] meant something, why it resonated, why it stuck. Kids were not being torn apart — well, they were literally being torn apart in the movie — but they were banding together, they had to figure it out. That’s what makes it kind of neat.”

Brooklyn resident Sally Boyles asked Gower to write a message on her chest to her boyfriend Zach, who couldn’t make the event. The message said, “Zach, kick him in the nards!” a reference to a scene in the film where one of the young squad members discovers that male werewolves have “nards.”

After kicking one down there, young Horace shouts, “Wolfman’s got nards!” a line that has resonated with fans through the years.

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