Demon Hunter Reviews
Another of those "Stephen J. Cannell, what were you thinking?" direct-to-video horror cheapies Cannell churned out like he was trying to be Roger Corman during the middle of the last decade (one of which, The Garden, actually found its way into theatres, presumably by accident). If you've seen any of Cannell's more cheaply-produced TV shows, you've got a basic idea of what you're going to get from these movies, save that there will of course be more nudity and more graphic violence. Of those I've seen, Demon Hunter is actually the most satisfying on a number of levels, which probably has to do with the quality of its cast.
Plot: Jake Greyman (The Boondock Saints' Sean Patrick Flanery), a half-human, half-demon who makes his living as a demon hunter for Mother Church, is hired by the somewhat paranoid Cardinal White (House of 1000 Corpses' William Bassett) to figure out whether a demon is behind certain recent events. To keep him in line (well, as much as possible), he's assigned a chaperone, Sister Sarah (Baby Blues' Colleen Porch). Needless to say, the two of them find out pretty quickly that yes, the demon Asmodeus (The Untouchables' Billy Drago) and his sexy henchman, a nameless succubus (Something's Gotta Give's Tania Deighton), are behind etc. Ultimately, it seems, the demons are after Nancy Lebinowitz (The Hard Easy's Nancy Yoon), the widow of a billionaire arms dealer, and the demon hunters have to figure out why.
The draw here is a surprisingly solid cast of B actors; it's likely you're a fan of at least someone in this cast (I watched it because I adore Colleen Porch ever since Baby Blues). It helps that the director at least knowsn his way around a camera; Ziehl does low-budget genre work (he's best known for the Rob Lowe vehicle Proximity back in the nineties), but he does it pretty well. Both of these things help balance out the kind of horrific script turned in by stuntman Mitch Gould (recently seen jumping around, falling, etc. in Twilight); both actors and director do the best they can given the material, and in the end, they come up with a watchable movie. It's not great cinema, to be sure, but I've seen a lot worse. ** 1/2
The character of Jake Greyman is very interesting and could go a lot further given the chance. If the movie focused more on that than sub par fighting scenes and needless nudity it could've been better.
There's a lot of potential there, but one way or another it missed the mark.
Sean Patrick Flanery is decent enough in the lead, but he's left battling both humans and demons in little more than hand to hand combat, one might expect him to be better armed.
A rental if you're a glutton for punishment, otherwise I'd pass.
it goes in the 2 star category of the collection..barely