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Jack Brooks - Monster Slayer [DVD]

Trevor Matthews , Robert Englund , Jon Knautz    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Trevor Matthews, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten, James A. Woods, Daniel Kash
  • Directors: Jon Knautz
  • Producers: Trevor Matthews, Neil Bregman, Patrick White
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AU3G64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Comedy horror starring Trevor Matthews as Jack Brooks, a man who is left consumed by rage after witnessing the brutal murder of his family when he was a child. Years later, Jack is a plumber whose life has been on a continuous downward spiral since that fateful day. One day, while Jack is attempting to repair some pipes for Professor Crowley (Robert Englund), he unwittingly awakens an ancient evil which possesses the Professor's soul. The Professor's body begins to slowly transform and Jack must now harness his anger for the powers of good and face the forces of evil that killed his family.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The title is misleading 13 Aug 2009
I was really looking forward to this. The title conjures up the great films from my childhood such as Jack The Giant Killer and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, and when I read it was going to be a throwback to the great horrors from the 1980's with a complete abscence of CGI effects, I was rubbing my hands with glee. So maybe I went into this film with my expectations a little too high, as I found it all rather dull and for a film that only lasts an hour and twenty, it did seriously drag in places.
Don't get me wrong. Its not a terrible film by any means. There are moments to delight such as the Cyclops, the Forest Demon and the great performance from Robert Englund as the Professor struggling with his very real inner demons. However, its in no way as enjoyable as the films its trying to ape, and its not half as clever as it thinks it is.
The most annoying thing is of course is the lack for most of the film of monsters. If it says Monsters on the tin, thats want I want. Hopefully if a sequel is made, the big beasties will be far more prevalent. 3 out of 5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think Evil Dead 11 Sep 2012
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer. Need I say more? Oh, okay then.

Really, if the title doesn't give you a clue to what sort of movie you're about to watch then I really can't add that much.

It's a cheesy, low budget B-movie (or maybe even C-movie) about a loser who had his family killed by a monster. Now, he's a plumber by day and a student at night. Plus he has anger issues. Guess what - he's destined to fight monsters. And that's about it.

But is it any good?

Well, Robert `original Freddy Kruger' Englund is in it, so that does mean it's not going to be completely awful and the former spiky-fingered one does overact nicely.

As for the rest of it, well, it's okay.

The first three quarters of the film don't contain many monsters. Which is a shame, based on its title.

However, if you enjoy where it's going, you'll be rewarded with a suitably decent pay-off. This comes in the form a nice slice `n dice battle in the college with monsters splattering all over the place.

Overall, it's fun - especially for the ending. I just wish they could have put the ending in the middle and then added more of the same.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bona fide horror comedy dud 20 Nov 2008
A plumber with serious anger management issues fighting monsters -with Robert Englund thrown in for good measure. That sounds like a pretty good formula for success. Unfortunately, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer pretty much lays an egg. It's a movie without any soul and very little identity. I hate to call it a horror comedy because it fails on both counts. Sure, there's gore aplenty, but it's all so over the top as to be more pitiful than anything else. On top of that, it sort of annoyed this devoted horror fan to hear the filmmakers say they chose this genre for their first feature film basically because there would be a ready market in place no matter how badly they might screw the whole thing up. In other words, they thought a horror film was much easier to make than, say, a drama. Oh, they also thought it would be a lot of fun to play around with all the special effects and makeup. Obviously, I have to question their commitment and level of respect for the genre I love most in the world. In fact, I would argue that the film actually ends up making a mockery of the entire horror genre. And comedy? Please. I don't remember even one remotely funny scene in the entire film. The whole thing's laughable, but it's not funny.

So just who is Jack Brooks? Well, he's a plumber, and he's taking a night school science class because his incredibly annoying girlfriend somehow talked him into it. Jack (Trevor Matthews) has some issues - having watched his family slaughtered by a troll (yeah, you read that right: a troll) back when he was still a kid, he is prone to intense outbursts of anger (borne of his guilt over running for his life while his parents and sister were brutally killed).
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3.0 out of 5 stars just ok 8 Jun 2014
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watched to the end probably never again in good condition came on time but not the best film i have watched
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy 2 Jun 2013
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great product, fast delivery, very happy with my DVD and such a great film, great film for the money i paid for!!!!!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for a laugh, and got lots of laughs. 21 Oct 2008
I saw this in the shops, and was intrigued by the title, noting that it was a horror comedy. I always like those. I read the back of the DVD case, and the plot sounded interesting. Then I saw that Robert Englund was in it. Sold!

There's a good basic official Amazon synopsis of the plot further up the page, and I don't want to go into much more detail than that, otherwise I'll spoil some surprises and revelations in the film.

"Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer" is a very good horror comedy. The laughs and gross-out moments are fairly steady, growing to a pretty nifty crescendo at the end of the film. The monsters (of which there are several), all range in quality from decently disgusting to masterpieces of foam-rubber costuming. The Cyclops, while he doesn't get much screen time, is by far one of the best movie monsters I've seen in a long time. The main monster, purported to be a Japanese demon, does actually look a lot like the kinds of disturbing otherworldly creatures seen in animé: swollen, ravenous, with row upon row of jagged teeth in a gaping maw set into a face which is a grotesque parody of a human's. And lots and lots of far-reaching tentacles. It moves a bit like an oversized puppet (which it is, actually), but most horror comedy fans are forgiving of a bit of cheeziness if the story is good and there's lots of gory violence. Which, happily, is the case with this film.

As stated in the other reviews of my Amazon critic colleagues here, there are gags and homages galore, though one seems to have slipped through the cracks. As a Canadian film, I find it a letdown that Jack Brooks didn't make a Red Green tribute to The Handyman's Secret Weapon when he breaks out a roll of duct tape. Perhaps if they make a sequel . . . ? (Hint, hint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Made Me Laugh Anyway....
Even though I bought this at my local shop I thought I had grabbed a bargain and I did and the film itself was funny and original, just more laughable than anything else with... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Wayne Tully
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated film
This is a proper little undiscovered gem, that does not recieve the credit it deserves, its a brill film, although the monster could be improved it just makes the film have some... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by pete77star
3.0 out of 5 stars say no to cgi...
Jack Brooks Monster Slayer.

Operating somewhere around the Evil Dead series Jack Brooks sits itself comfortably in amongst. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by menwithoutfeet
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s' Horror is back!
This is a real throwback of a movie to the type of horror we enjoyed mid-eighties as the genre crept away from the slasher movies that had previously dominated the scene towards... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2009 by S. Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing dross directed direly dont depart dosh
First off, the 80's is my fave era of horror. i grew up watching the thing and from beyond. two fine examples of the latex bladder blood and snot variety and tons more lesser but... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2009 by John Tearney
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Horror Comedy Gem? Read on....or not....
Jack Brooks is a one angry geezer, but after seeing your parents ripped to bits by some sort of snaggle-toothed forest monster you're bound to have a few issues. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2009 by Haunted Nostril
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Funny 80's Throwback Horror!
I purchased this on the strength of all the internet hype surrounding it, not hurt by any means by the appearence of Robert Englund on the cast list. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2008 by Papa P
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