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... I used to be a plumber.
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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is a Canadian Comedy Horror film starring (and produced by) Trevor Matthews and featuring Robert Englund. Matthews plays Jack Brooks, a plumber prone to sudden bouts of extreme rage. Englund is his professor, Crowley, who unearths a terrible evil. Jack Brooks must face his tragic past and find a way to channel the darkness inside of him.

This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Hillbilly Horrors and unlikely protagonists.
  • Alien Blood: The Crowley creature and it's minions bleed dark green blood.
  • Battle Trophy: Near the end of the film, Jack hunts down the creature that killed his family and takes a souvenir from it.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: One of the signs that the demon is still active is that its heart starts to beat in Dr. Crowley's hand.
  • Blood Knight: By the end of the film, Jack has embraced this role.
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  • Chekhov's Classroom: The sodium in the lab.
  • Combat Tentacles: The creature slaps Jack around with the tentacles quite a bit.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, Jack's family was slaughtered by a beast in the forest while he ran. It's implied to be the source of his anger problems and it's the reason he chooses not to run in the end.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Dr. Crowley's dog is well aware of where the evil in the house is.
  • Hook Hand: Old Howard, as the result of his uncle being possessed before.
  • Horror Hunger: Crowley is ravenous after he eats the heart of the demon.
  • My Car Hates Me: Jack's van regularly stalls out, even when he's trying to escape from the monsters.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Matthews keeps slipping into his native Canadian accent.
  • Practical Effects: Only two very minor shots rely on CGI.
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  • Role Called: His name is in the title.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Heavily on the comedic side.
  • Tentacle Rope: How the monster keeps the students in one place.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Jack was assigned a therapist after his traumatic childhood experience and he sees him several times throughout the film.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Jack is prone to bouts of rage. They come in handy once he's facing monsters.
  • Villainous Glutton: The demon that possesses Crowley is horrifically obese and the initial stages had Dr. Crowley eating everything in sight. Initially all the food in his kitchen and then his dog before fully transforming into the demon.
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