The Monster Squad (1987, dir. Fred Dekker)

A group of monster-obsessed pre-teens have to face off against a gallery of Universal Studios villains. Straightforward and very contrived sub-Spielbergian kid adventure post-ET/The Goonies. Some of it works well, and the creature effects evidence love, but too much is perfunctory tick-box stuff that’s being rushed through.

Here’s the trailer.

Night of the Creeps (1986, dir. Fred Dekker)

A student prank gone wrong triggers the release of dormant alien parasites. Generally sprightly horror-comedy, mashing up 50s monster invasion SF, zombie flicks and sorority slashers. Joky but not spoofy, Creeps benefits from a dark touch when needed, not least with Tom Atkins’ veteran cop.