Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Movie Review: "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer" (2007)

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Movie: "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer"
Director: John Knautz
Year: 2007
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) has anger issues. He has had them ever since he saw his entire family eaten by a monster while camping in the woods when he was a child. He now works as a plumber while going to night school on the insistence of his girlfriend Eve (Rachel Skarsten). He routinely sees a psychiatrist to try and get his rage issues under control. After Jack has helped his science professor Crowley (Robert Englund) with some plumbing work, Crowley finds a cursed heart in his backyard. The heart possesses professor Crowley, turning him into a monster.

This movie is pretty damn funny! The monsters are cool looking, and throughout the movie, all of the effects are done with FX makeup, no CGI, which is a nice change from many modern horror movies. It's very similar stylistically to "Army of Darkness," especially since it features a mouthy protagonist who delivers very good comedic lines. The majority of the story involves the origin of Jack Brooks, where he came from, who he is, and who he became. Though the words "monster slayer" are featured in the title, there is actually very little monster slaying until the end of the movie. Most of the early horror is gross-out horror, things vomiting and such, and later, the movie turns into a splatter-house comedy. Overall, wholly entertaining!

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%
Do we recommend this movie: I say sure, why not, and BigJ says yes!

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