Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

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A sincere but sometimes-excessive send up of low-rent horror hokum, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer features some sharp laughs and features a scene-stealing performance by Robert Englund.



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Consumed by rage after watching his family get viciously slaughtered by a demonic beast, an angry plumber receives a chance to redeem himself after inadvertently unleashing an ancient evil. As a young boy, Jack Brooks' entire life was forever changed during a fateful camping trip. Having survived the slaughter by simply turning heel and running as fast as possible, Jack simply cannot forgive himself for allowing his fear to take over. These days, Jack (Trevor Matthews) is a local plumber with some serious rage issues. One day, while attempting to repair some pipes for Professor Crowley (Robert Englund), the hotheaded handyman awakens an evil the likes of which this world has never seen. Later, Professor Crowley is drawn to this evil energy, and compelled to consume a black heart that possesses his soul, and transforms his body. Now the evil has spiraled out of control, leaving one hapless, haunted plumber to finally harness his all-consuming anger for the powers of good, and face the forces of darkness that once robbed him of his entire family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

  • It's the excruciating wait for anything to happen that makes "Jack Brooks" so frustrating.

    Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Indie effort evidences more energy than wit, and spends too much time on set-up before a slam-bang pay-off.

    Oct 18, 2008

    Joe Leydon

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  • 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.

    Sep 1, 2008
  • Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer harks back to the drive-in classics of yesteryear with unapologetic nostalgia and undisguised affection.

    Aug 19, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Matthews is supposed to be the star here, but it's Englund's hilarious, over-the-top performance that keeps Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer... from becoming another forgettable exercise in horror.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This low-budget horror comedy arrives via a lively trailer and a witty print ad, yet the film itself never quite takes off.

    Aug 14, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

  • Apr 07, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Robert Englund is the best and funniest part of this horror comedy. It isn't consistently funny but once it takes off it's mostly mildly amusing. It's nothing groundbreaking but it takes a lot of pride in it's absurdity and I admire that. The make up and digital effects of the monsters is remarkably well done and the acting is very decent for an old school gorefest. It's quite nostalgic too and considering it's intentions; it's got some decent bloody kills.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    Really really underwhelming.
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer" is a completely unpretentious and entertaining throwback to B-cinema, and despite the fact it'll never be regarded as a classic, it's warmly recommended viewing for all fans of the horror genre
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2009
    This movie was GREAT!!!! I just hope theres a sequel & it'll be as good
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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