Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the column in which I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies we all know I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try! And we all know what Yoda said about trying.

The Film: 'The Monster Squad' (1987), Dir. Fred Dekker

Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr and Tom Noonan.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now:
I've been burnt by 1980s movies far too many times. Nostalgia is a powerful beast, blinding even the most intelligent movie-watchers into thinking that absolute junk from their childhood is worth my time. There are smart, wonderful people out there who actually think 'The Goonies' is a good movie. 'The Monster Squad' has always felt like one of those movies. Honestly, I'm only writing about it because a bunch of people at a party made fun of me because I hadn't seen it. I am doing this to protect my honor.