Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
R (for horror violence and gore, and for language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Horror
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Cast

Trevor Matthews
as Jack Brooks/Forest Troll
Robert Englund
as Prof. Gordon Crowley
Daniel Kash
as Counselor Silverstein
David Fox
as Old Howard
Dean Hawes
as Emmet
Ashley Bryant
as Kristy
Patrick Henry
as Trevor
Andrew Butcher
as Raymond
Brennan Delaney
as Student No.1
Valerie Casault
as Student No.2
Austin Macdonald
as Young Howard
Evan Gilchrist
as Young Jack Brooks
Ariel Waller
as Cindy Brooks
John Ross
as Charles Brooks
Victoria Fodor
as Gene Brooks
Rick Bramucci
as Gym Teacher
Pascal Petardi
as Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

August 19, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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… | August 14, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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… | July 25, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

With a Buffy-like title and a poster that recalls Bruce Campbell at his buffest, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer should have horror fans eager for a little low-budget monster mash chomping at the bit. They won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

[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 Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Really really underwhelming.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another movie I expected more from after seeing the previews. Have had it on my desk in a pile of DVD's for about 8 months, after finally getting to it I was disappointed, as the best monster was the last one where the sequel will pickup in 2010. Jack is just a good old boy who has put up with enough shi* and he finally faces his demons. Its not really a horror film, more of a horror Comedy. Its a long way from Evil Dead or Cemetery man. but its worth 3 stars, Sorry Jack you disappointed me.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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