Fans of the cult classic Monsters Squad should be plenty satisfied. After years and years of hoping the day would come, they finally get to own the movie on DVD next Tuesday. Yet there's more to please the die-hards living in Southern California (and those able to get there). Lionsgate will be promoting the new double-disc release by screening the movie once in Los Angeles and once in San Diego. And each screening will be followed by a Q&A featuring members of the cast and crew. The first event, the one in (actually near) L.A., is happening this Sunday at 3pm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The discussion following this screening will feature writer/director Fred Dekker, producer Jonathan Zimbert, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and actors Andre Gower, Stephen Macht and Ashley Bank. There might be other guests, too, but so far these are the ones confirmed to appear. Even if nobody shows up, though, it's still going to be worth attending. It's probably the first opportunity you've had to see the movie in a theater since 1987, and you'll get to see it two days before you pick up your copy of the DVD.
The other screening, the one in San Diego, is actually being held at Comic-Con. So, if you have tickets or passes to that event already, you're in luck. If you still haven't bought yours, though, remember that the 4-day passes are sold out and the 3-day passes don't include Saturday admission. Since the Monster Squad screening is Saturday night (July 28, at 7:30pm at Pacific's Gaslamp Theater -- not at the San Diego Convention Center), you will need a single day pass for that day if you want to see it. Actually, since it isn't listed on the Comic-Con site nor is it being held on the Comic-Con premises, don't take my word for that your Comic-Con badge gets you in. All I know is that IGN's Christopher Monfette will be moderating the panel for this one, and it certainly appears to be officially related to Comic-Con. The only listed guests for the screening are Dekker and Gower, but I assume that Macht and Bank are going to be there, too (why wouldn't they?). The benefit of seeing the San Diego screening over the L.A. (Santa Monica) one, is that you will already own your Monster Squad DVD and should likely be able to get it autographed.