We here at HorrorBid will be recommending one specific treasure for everyday of the month. The ultimate goal is mple; encourage the masses to seek out stellar films that fit the seasonal mold. While I’m certain plenty of our faithful readers will find some of these films predictable, or at the least familiar, we still feel as though a friendly reminder can go a long way towards renewed enjoyment.
On deck for October 6th, is one of my favorite horror/comedy hybrids to hit the market in years, the outlandish Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer. If you like laughs with your disgusting gore, this one should win you over in the first act, and it only gets better from there, believe me!
The story focuses on Jack Brooks, a troubled young man who has never been able to shake the murder of his parents (which occurred at the hands of a nasty forest monster back when Jack was just a young pup). He walks around with enough anger boiling in his blood to entice a riot, and after an ancient evil is released from a haunted old shack, he finally finds an outlet with which he can rightfully unleash his pent up aggreson.
The story plays out just like a campy 80’s flick, and features plenty of cinematic nods, openly recognizing its potion as a tribute of sorts. Plenty of quality performers are in tow, including Trevor Matthews, Rachel Skarsten, David Fox (who is absolutely priceless!) and of course, the legend himself, Robert Englund. The chemistry between our key players is fucking awesome, and the atmosphere of the film feels like a glue fit to bind every outrageous piece of this puzzle together, air tight.
If you like monsters, school settings, dark creepy old houses, dismemberment, waaaaay over-the-top vomiting and psychiatric evaluations gone wrong (“I don’t even fucking speak Chinese!!), you should love this flick! Never once does it pretend to take itself too seriously, and it never needs to: this one is undeniably enjoyable, and possesses every strength needed to qualify for a great seasonal piece (sans a pumpkin or two).
Note: Jon Knautz, who directed the film, recently followed up with another creepy little gem, The Shrine, which also makes for awesome viewing, and also features Matthews in another memorable role