Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer more likely to bore than chill

The almost comically ominous opening music is nearly the best part of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, building anticipation for a story that just doesn't give rise to goosebumps.

Despite a game performance by Trevor Matthews in the lead – with his baseball cap and scruffy beard, he has a kind of everyman hoser appeal that will hopefully transfer to a more promising vehicle – not much in this alleged comic/horror flick really succeeds as either funny or scary.

Likewise, Robert Englund – best known to horror fans as adolescent nightmare Freddy Krueger – brings little to this Canadian-made film beyond a touch of slasher chic in the role of a benignly bemused professor who slowly transforms into a monster that resembles a cross between Jabba the Hutt and something you might see inside a cheesy amusement park haunted house.

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