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PLOT SUMMARY: Violent angry plumber must face demons — actual, and inner.

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a plumber named Jack
who lost his family to a monster attack.
When his teacher became possessed,
Jack’s problems had to be addressed.
The invasion of monsters will now be kept back.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Violent angry plumber abandons girlfriend in a parking lot.

PEOPLE: Starring Trevor Matthews as Jack Brooks: Someone who’s parents were killed by a monster during a camping trip, and has insanely hilarious anger management issues. This guy should get more comedy roles. Also starring Robert Englund (Freddy from Nightmare From Elm Street, Willie from the original V series).

Rachel Skarsten plays the disinterested girlfriend. She was Dinah in Birds Of Prey, and I didn’t even notice her in American Pie 6:Beta House. Surprisingly, I think she might look better as a brunette than as her typical blonde look (that’s her best blonde pic ever, she does NOT look as good as that in either the movie OR Birds Of Prey).

Strange cartoon-lover trivia: Howard — the elderly hardware store clerk — was the one who voiced Mastermold in the 1990s X-Men animated series. “I am still plugged in!” is a quote we still say quite often to this day — like when tripping over an electric blanket cord. He’s really done nothing we’ve ever noticed since voicing those robots back in 1992.

QUIRKS: A demonic possession Horror-Comedy movie that is an homage to 1980s/1990s “older” horror films.

VISUALS: No CGI. The monsters in this film are makeup and props — so it looks less modern than your average 2007 horror film. Since this is a homage to 80’s horror, that actually makes sense.

BAD STUFF: Despite the title of Monster Slayer, there is NOT a lot of monster slaying. If you’re waiting around for that, the movie will be ruined for you. It’s kind of a joke — he’s called monster slayer, but really it’s the last thing on his mind for most of the movie. He’s more concerned about managing his anger and trying to pass his night school chemistry class.

I thought the horror parts weren’t as good as the comedy parts, and wished this was more of a Comedy-Horror than a Horror-Comedy.

CONCLUSION: Funny as a comedy, and fun as a horror. Definitely worth seeing.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4(3.6)/5 stars. IMDB: 8(7.6)/10. In my mind, I definitely thought this was better than Drag Me To Hell after watching it. However, when I looked back, I rated Drag Me To Hell pretty high. I also didn’t feel strong about my ratings, thus the “.6”. This is a low 4/5 and a low 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.3/10, Netflix: 3.1/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.3/5 stars–they are correct that we like this better than most people).

RECOMMENDATION: Worth seeing! Just don’t expect a great horror OR a great comedy; it’s somewhere in between the two.

SIMILAR MOVIES: People compare it to Evil Dead, but thinking of it that way could ruin the movie for you, as Evil Dead is a very nostalgic horror movie. I’d say it’s more comparable to Stan Helsing–a non-serious horror movie with comedic aspects. However, this got twice the IMDB rating of Stan Helsing. Drag Me To Hell also reminds me of this movie a bit, but only in the sense that they are throwback horrors that feel more like 1980’s/1990’s horror than 2000’s horror.

And of course, look for the sequel coming out in 2010; it should hopefully feature more monster slaying.

MOVIE QUOTE: [Howard has just told the story about how he buried his possessed uncle after he bit off his hand as a child]
Jack Brooks: So he… he ate your hand?
[Howard shows Jack that he has a hook instead of a hand]
Jack Brooks: How did you dig the hole?
Howard: Well goddammit, it wasn’t easy! (more…)