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  • Summary: Ever since Jack Brooks witnessed the brutal murder of his family, he’s had a hard time controlling his anger. Reluctantly he begins attending night classes with his pestering girlfriend. But Jack’s Professor brings more than lesson plans to class after unleashing an ancient curse. Only Jack can save the day as the Professor undergoes a grotesque transformation, unleashing the hounds of hell, seamlessly blending laughter with blood by the bucket load. (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 63
    Cheerfully gross, deliberately retro horror picture pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the kind of genre movies Charles Band and Roger Corman's companies turned out in the 1980s.
  2. Harks back to the drive-in classics of yesteryear with unapologetic nostalgia and undisguised affection.
  3. 50
    This low-budget horror comedy arrives via a lively trailer and a witty print ad, yet the film itself never quite takes off.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Indie effort evidences more energy than wit, and spends too much time on set-up before a slam-bang pay-off.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    If you can wait until near the end, you're in for some fun. But after an hour-plus, it's a pretty long wait.
  6. 50
    Matthews is supposed to be the star here, but it's Englund's hilarious, over-the-top performance that keeps Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, by director Jon Knautz, from becoming another forgettable exercise in horror.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    As a horror-comedy, it boldly declines to scare or amuse.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 21, 2010
    Questionable translation of reviews to scores: NYT chose this as a "Critic's Pick." I think that should qualify as a "positive" review. I have not seen it so ignore my score (my comment would not be posted otherwise). Expand