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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Reviews

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

The path to Jack's calling is a slow one, even for a fan base used to extended setups.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2008
Brian Orndorf

A polite tip of the hat to Evil Dead and all things Buffy, this horror/comedy is lacking proper oomph in both categories, resulting in a movie of commendable purpose, but lackluster realization.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

August 14, 2008
David Cornelius

Tries so hard to be an instant cult classic, but it doesn't quite make the cut.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2008
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Despite a game performance by Trevor Matthews in the lead, not much in this alleged comic/horror flick really succeeds as either funny or scary.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

July 25, 2008
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

For about an hour of running time nothing much actually happens . . .

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

August 12, 2008
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is like a combination of those two 1987 releases, but it contains none of the awesomeness of The Hidden and all the wretchedness of Ghoulies II.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2010
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

For artistic representation, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer gets a near-perfect score, less so for its restrained sense of fun.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2008
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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This low-budget horror comedy arrives via a lively trailer and a witty print ad, yet the film itself never quite takes off.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 14, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

As refreshing as it is to see an entire 'genre' film without a single CG effect -- because they obviously couldn't afford one -- Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer doesn't bring much to the monster party to justify itself.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2008
Joe Leydon
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Indie effort evidences more energy than wit, and spends too much time on set-up before a slam-bang pay-off.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
William Goss

May not quite be the cult classic in the making that it so clearly sets out to be, but at least its influences and intent are always worn plainly upon its blood-stained sleeve.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

December 17, 2009
Scott Weinberg

Hardly the re-invention of the genre wheel, but that's fine by me. It's just a whole bunch of sick, sly, silly fun.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2008
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

a potentially duff idea (disgruntled plumber finds outlet for his anger issues by kicking monster butt) is elevated by the funniest character acting of the entire FrightFest 2008.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

September 1, 2008
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting

MONSTER SLAYER is only the birth of Jack Brooks and I pray we'll see another dozen of these films in the future... You want laughs, action, blood, guts, slime, creatures and a kick-ass anti-hero? You'll find it all in JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER.

Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2008
Prairie Miller

Miraculously fusing the scary and ridiculous, 'Freddy Kreuger' Englund steals this show, whether steamed up from that bad plumbing, dealing with complications of male pregnancy, or weirdly delighting as the reluctant glutton just eating your heart out.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

August 3, 2008
Cole Smithey

This old-school throwback to '80s era horror movies takes pride in the teen screams extracted by its goo-spurting, tentacled monster and his newly minted henchmen as they attack an unfortunate group of young college students.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

August 12, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A damn good horror comedy with great performances, a fun if traditional story, and some brutal gore and grue...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 17, 2008

Manages to kick a copious amount of ass by breathing some much needed fresh air into the flattened lungs of our genre.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer harks back to the drive-in classics of yesteryear with unapologetic nostalgia and undisguised affection.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 19, 2008
Blake French

has the potential to spawn a successful franchise

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 14, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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