Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Sean Patrick Flanery
What's it about
A church employed Demon Hunter named Jake Greyman (Flanery) sets out to stop Satan from taking over the world by impregnating L.A’s prostitutes (?).
Is it good movie?
This is a movie that should have been released in the eighties, and even then, it would have fallen into the shuffle. The acting is just brutal, and the effects are equally awful (the horns on the suck-u-bus made me laugh every time). Demon Hunter is chock full of pure eighties head-banging music, and even some Evanescence wannabes. The plot really doesn’t make a lot of sense, as Flanery’s character, the very one-dimensional wisecracking hardass walks around in his trenchcoat accompanied by the un-nunniest nun there is (Colleen Porch), from scene to scene while kissing his enemies and walking into bad-guys-wearing-black traps everywhere. I can also see why they cast Billy Drago as their baddie in the newest remake of the Hills Have Eyes..the dude is hideous!
Is this flick all bad? Not exactly, in fact, if you’re looking for the basics- a bit of gore, lots of fighting (which was actually quite hard hitting most of the time), and a fair amount of T&A all wrapped in a demon style pita bread, this will be your sandwich of choice. The movie does try to be watchable, and even throws a ‘twist’ ending the viewer’s way, but by then we’re way too disinterested (at least I was.) Demon Hunter does make an effort, but at only 78 minutes long, it’s too short to be interested in. It’s like the producers had a good idea, but got mired in old conventions, as if they were worried they needed to appeal to a certain audience.
Video / Audio
We have an enhanced widescreen production (1:77:1) that holds up to Anchor Bay’s standard picture- pretty good, but nothing to write home about.
The audio is presented in Dolby 5.1, and comes through clear, so you can crank up the faux-Jovi tunes we get stuck with in this bad boy.
Demons Among Us: This featurette runs almost as long as the actual movie does, and is fairly hard to watch, only because the film turned out the way it did. This isn’t to say it’s poorly made, but to watch an hour of a glimpse into the labor put into the film isn’t easy. It runs through everything though, from casting, to staging, to choreography, and is at times more compelling than the film.
The audio commentary with the film’s writer Mitch Gould and a bit actress named Nancy Yoon was not something I could get through, and is kind of amateurish.
The Fight Sequence rehearsal is just that, stuntmen and woman in workout clothes, with wires attached, going over the final fight scenes.
A trailer rounds out this rather bare-bones disc.
If you dug Demon Hunter, I'd recommend you set out and find the Hellblazer comic series, which spawned a little movie that had the same idea, but was done in a much better fashion..Constantine.