Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

So, I was on the lookout for something sufficiently shitty to do justice to Shitfest over at IPC, and this awesomely naff title just jumped right out at me. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it actually turned out to be surprisingly good.

Jack Brooks is a troubled young man with major anger management issues, which we soon learn stems from the gruesome deaths of his sister, mother and father. Anyway, grown up Jack and his whiney girlfriend go to evening classes where the Professor is none other than Elm Street legend, ROBERT ENGLUND. There’s a demonic heart, possession, ravenous hunger and ultimately weird, homicidal zombie-esque monsters.

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That’s not a monster, it’s Jack’s annoying girlfriend

For a B movie, the acting is generally pretty solid. The special effects are all real – not a CGI monster in sight – which gives the film a fun, retro feel, and well, it just makes a nice change. Considering this is billed as a comedy/horror there’s a surprisingly comprehensive back story and a good deal of character development.

That said, it’s because of this that some horror fans might be disappointed. The title implies that Jack will be slaying a multitude of monsters, but no. The first hour or so of the 85 minute run time there really isn’t much in the way of monster slaying, at all, and even once it begins, it’s pretty minimal. In fact, the whole film feels a bit like a set up for a TV series or a movie franchise that wasn’t forthcoming.

If you’re hungry for blood and gore, or laugh out loud comedy, this probably isn’t the film for you. However, this is a fun little film and much better than some of the UTTER SHIT I’ve seen recently on Netflix.

Score: 6.5/10

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8 responses to “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

  1. Thanks for the mention!! I hope you find just the right thing for shitfest!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • God yes! Or should that be ‘Ultrachrist, yes!’ Currently watching (or enduring) Rapture-Palooza which is definitely a contender. Last night I watched Dead Mary. Or, I watched the second half – I couldn’t watch it all in one sitting. I’ve also watched the Danny Dyer one man shitfest Doghouse, and the mind-bendingly terrible Open Graves. You can’t say I’m not dedicated to the cause!

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