Archive for May 24, 2011

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)

Directed By: Jon Knautz

Starring: Trevor Matthews, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten, David Fox, Daniel Kash

Subgenre: Horror-Comedy, Creature Feature

Synopsis: When Dr. Crowley accidentally awakens an ancient evil, he begins to transform into a hideous monster.  It is up to Jack the plumber, who lost his family to a different monster at a young age, to defeat the evil and avenge his family.

Thoughts: Gotta be honest here.  I didn’t think I would like this at all.  I bought this quite some time ago in a cheap dump bin and it has sat on my shelf since then.  I finally decided to crack it open and give it a shot.  It was better than I expected, but still not all that great.

The production is pretty tight.  It doesn’t look like the B movie that it is, even the monsters look pretty decent.  I didn’t like the look of the Crowley monster at the end, but other than that, there were some pretty cool creatures throughout.

Trevor Matthews, who played the titular Jack, was over-the-top, but that had more to do with the character than the actor.  Jack suffers from an aggressive disorder and struggles with outburst of anger.  He eventually channels this anger to defeat the monsters, starting a career as a “Monster Slayer.”

One glowing positive for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is the casting of Robert Englund as Dr. Crowley.  His part in the movie gives it more credence than it probably deserves, and while his role doesn’t blow you away, you have to admire this guy’s commitment to the horror genre.  He keeps showing up in small indie projects, some which become cult hits, like Leslie Vernon.

This had the feel of a movie you catch late at night on Showtime, probably after the skin flicks are over.  It’s like cheap pizza.  It’s cheesy, you’ve had better, but it is still pizza.  Not really worth your time, but there are worse movies out there.