Monday, September 27, 2010
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)
After witnessing his family's violent murder, Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) develops an uncontrollable anger problem, but the night classes his girlfriend (Rachel Skarsten) suggests to cure Jack's "issues" end up making them worse when his professor (Robert Englund) undergoes … changes. Suddenly, Jack is the only person on Earth who can bring an unspeakable evil to its knees -- but is he cut out for monster slaying and ready to face his demons?
Pretty painfully bad, although I do admit I couldn't make it all the way through it. Comparisons of this movie to any of the Evil Dead movies are a total joke, it doesn't even come close.
This film is kind of like Indiana Jones meets the Goonies with a good amount of action, campy frights and a largely tongue-and-cheek storyline. It follows the life of this Jack Brooks whose family was devoured by a monster when he was little. He blames himself for not doing anything to prevent that and that blame has caused him anger issues. As luck would have it, a professor at his school (I'm assuming it was college...that was never clear) finds a cursed, black heart that originally belonged to a demon. As you can likely guess, the heart possesses the professor and then all hell breaks loose at the school. Jack turns his anger on the demons and in the process tries to purge himself of guilt over his family by saving the other students. Englund plays the professor and is his usual, entertaining self. The way the movie ends seems to set the stage for a sequel and I can see how this might be a somewhat successful franchise. But since this was made in 2007 and nothing has emerged then maybe this should just be enjoyed as a one off film.