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Monster Slayer followup

06.29.2009by: Eric Walkuski

Looks like the JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER team is cooking up something decidedly darker for their follow-up flick, which is titled SHRINE. Director Jon Knautz (pictured above) sent ShockTillYouDrop an updated synopsis - and it's sounding pretty cool.

After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote Polish village called Alvaina. Upon further investigation, the journalists discover that Alvaina has a history of bizarre cult activity revolving around human sacrifice. Hellbent on revealing the truth, they travel to the small village to uncover the story first hand. But after the discovery of an ancient stone statue hidden within the town, they quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious and vengeful group of locals. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon realize that Alvaina hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.

I think I'm definitely in the minority when it comes to JACK BROOKS. While clever in spots - and featuring some wonderful creatures and effects - I found the flick to be severely overrated. I didn't like the main character, and felt it only lit up whenever Robert Englund was on screen. A lot of the humor was of the eye-rolling variety, too. That said, it was decent for a high-concept indie effort, and I'm always down for a "crazy locals in a small viallage" yarn, so consider me looking forward to SHRINE.

Jack Brooks himself, Trevor Matthews, will be starring in the flick, as well as co-producing.

I'm going to build a shrine to that right there...

Extra Tidbit: Anyone with me in thinking that JACK BROOKS was a tad overhyped? Or am I just a dumb-ass bastard who oughta keep his trap shut? Or both?!
Source: STYD



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