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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer [Blu-ray]

3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Fox, Daniel Kash, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten, James A. Woods
  • Directors: Jon Knautz
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Dec 8 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002QVFONY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,083 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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I won't go into details about the plot here, that's been covered by other reviewers extensively.

A copy of this film sits beside another great comedy / horror - Army Of Darkness. While Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer doesn't take as many risks as that film did, it certainly delivers a good time to people who love the horror comedy genre. With a fairly inexperienced cast - except for Robert Englund, a love of foam rubber, exciting directing style, and a story that works better than your average horror movie, this film surprised me.

The performances are energetic, fun, and when they cross over into camp, they don't try to be too serious. The special effects are very well done considering the materials and the actors know how to sell the situations they find themselves in. When things are too rubbery to believe, they push things a little further so they become intentionally comical.

These film makers seem to realize something that Hollywood has forgotten. There's room for serious camp in the film industry, and when it's done well, it is just as entertaining as anything else to the right crowd. Aside from that, there are plenty of young actors in this film that I think we'll see a great deal of in the future.

Bottom line? If you're a fan of the Evil Dead series, liked Return Of The Living Dead, or enjoy other classic camp in general, this DVD belongs on your shelf.
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Jack Brooks Monster Slayer is directed by Jon Knautz and starring local Ottawa (my hometown) actor Trevor Mathews. I could go on about the tecnical good and bad of the film and bore you with details that as a viewer you probably wouldn't care about, but I'm not going to do that. The bottom line is, this movie is a low budget production, and for a low budget production, Jack Brooks Monster Slayer is a genre film worth picking up. I've seen a ton of low budget films over the years, and very few can proudly sit on the same shelves as some our cherrished genre icons and masterpieces. Jack Brooks can! It may be far from a masterpiece, but it holds a charm that is found in most 80s classics. Yes the film has a very 80s feel to it, and if this were made 20+ years ago, it would definatley be one of the best of it's time. Any fan of the genre should own a copy of this film.
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This movie is a horror-comedy hybrid about a simple-minded plumber named Jack Brooks who as a child witnessed the horrific slaying of his family to a monster in the woods. 20 years later, Brooks comes across another monster in the form of his science teacher (Robert Englund) who transforms into a hideous creation.

This is a great little horror film, reminiscent of the 80's glory years of horror, also strongly reminded me of the Evil Dead movies. The concept is totally outrageous and the cheese factor enormous however there's lots to enjoy here for the devoted horror fan.
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This here is a good little canadian horror movie. Careful though, if you like your Blu-Rays with content, skip this one. No kidding there isn't even a menu!
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A plumber with serious anger management issues fighting monsters -with Robert Englund thrown in for good measure. That sounds like a pretty good formula for success. Unfortunately, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer pretty much lays an egg. It's a movie without any soul and very little identity. I hate to call it a horror comedy because it fails on both counts. Sure, there's gore aplenty, but it's all so over the top as to be more pitiful than anything else. On top of that, it sort of annoyed this devoted horror fan to hear the filmmakers say they chose this genre for their first feature film basically because there would be a ready market in place no matter how badly they might screw the whole thing up. In other words, they thought a horror film was much easier to make than, say, a drama. Oh, they also thought it would be a lot of fun to play around with all the special effects and makeup. Obviously, I have to question their commitment and level of respect for the genre I love most in the world. In fact, I would argue that the film actually ends up making a mockery of the entire horror genre. And comedy? Please. I don't remember even one remotely funny scene in the entire film. The whole thing's laughable, but it's not funny.

So just who is Jack Brooks? Well, he's a plumber, and he's taking a night school science class because his incredibly annoying girlfriend somehow talked him into it. Jack (Trevor Matthews) has some issues - having watched his family slaughtered by a troll (yeah, you read that right: a troll) back when he was still a kid, he is prone to intense outbursts of anger (borne of his guilt over running for his life while his parents and sister were brutally killed). He's seeing a therapist, but let's just say that no personal breakthrough seems likely any time soon.
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