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After witnessing the brutal murder of his family when he was just a young boy, Jack Brooks is left with an unquenchable fury. Now working as a plumber, Jack attempts to fix his professor’s plumbing, only to unknowingly awaken an ancient evil. Prof. Crowley becomes possessed and starts a slow, gruesome transformation into the depths of evil. Only then does Jack realize that he can’t run from his past, and quickly discovers the true purpose of his inner rage.
A delirious performance by horror vet Robert (Nightmare on Elm Street) Englund and the filmmakers' predilection for old-school monster suits over CGI help to make the Canadian indie horror-comedy Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer an enjoyable and entertaining alternative to the current rash of relentlessly grim fright fare. As played by co-producer Trevor Mathews, Jack Brooks is no barrel-chested pulp hero, but rather an aimless small-town slacker with a hair-trigger temper (the result of childhood trauma involving his family's death at the hands of a monster). Plagued on all sides by a nagging girlfriend, a hapless shrink and a dead-end job as a plumber, Jack seems destined for mediocrity--until his night school professor (an terrific, unfettered comic turn by Englund) unearths an ancient evil and begins to change into a ravenous, slobbering creature, thus giving Jack both a purpose and an outlet for his anger issues. Director Jon Knautz's feature debut pays loving homage to all manner of boyish pop-culture touchstones, from Marvel Comics and Ray Harryhausen epics to the early works of fellow do-it-yourselfers like Sam Raimi, and if his set up feels belabored in its telling, he delivers the goods once Jack straps on his plumbing toolkit to square off against the monster-fied Englund. Inventive and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Jack Brooks is one potential franchise series that actually deserves a follow up film. --Paul Gaita
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“For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bowman
You know what would be cool? Ash Williams, Jack Burton and Jack Brooks joining forces to kick monster butt! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Montag Habermann
One of my favorite movie,i been looking for this one for some time now. Am very satisfied i made this purchase.Published 4 months ago by henryshepherd
Just silly crazy,I dnt really give an input on deese movies, cause my low sugar want let me.Published 4 months ago by CupC@ke........
To me this movie was a homage to old 80's monster flicks. It did a damn good job. Don't let the corny title steer you away. This movie has decent special effects. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chad
I love this film, great performances by the cast. Robert Enlund steals every scene he is in. It's not too graphic, so it can be watched by the family (if you're not too sensitive)Published 17 months ago by Anders Eriksen