AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY

DETROIT, MICHIGAN USA << >> LIVE STOCK TICKER

OUR HOMEPAGE

NEWS
Current News Index
Local News
National News
Downtown Hoedown
Pictures (NEW)
Meet the Web Team
Metro Detroit Traffic Info
Detroit Auto Show
SPORTS
Current Sports Index
Schedules and Results
NHL Hockey
NBA/NCAA Basketball
NASCAR Auto Racing
Sports Pictures
WEATHER
Weather Index
LIVE Detroit Radar
LIVE Regional Radar
U.S. Forecasts
TRIVIA
Jeopardy! Trivia
Archived Trivia
ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment Index
New Movie Releases
New Movie Reviews
New CD Releases
New Music Reviews
Video Game Reviews
Detroit Concert Listing
Restaurant Reviews
TV Award Shows
Downtown Hoedown
YOUR OPINION
Our Message Boards
Become a Member
Testimonials
GUESTBOOK
Sign Guestbook
View Guestbook
ABOUT US
Read About Our History
Corporate Thank You's
Advertise on Our Site
CONTESTS
Register to Win Prizes
Meet All Our Winners
SITEMAP
Listing of Every Page
AMERICAJR EMAIL
Email Login
Password
New users
sign up!
 
Find a Job
Keywords:
Location:
Job category:

< Entertainment >

New Movie Reviews

"Slayer" DVD

by Steve Anderson
thevideostoreguy@columnist.com

Kevin VanHook brings us another shockingly derivative work done with at least some style in "Slayer" a SciFi Channel Original Picture that really isn't all that original.

And with this Sci-Fi Not So Original Picture, we get a bunch of commandos down in South American jungle for no clear reason (something about rebels is mentioned in passing) that get attacked by vampires. The United States Government, of course, isn't about to admit that there's a bunch of pre-Incan vampires roaming South America--remember how much flack they took over "Ketchup is a vegetable"? So, they're just going to write the whole thing off as a "local tribal anomaly". And they're going to send the leader of the commando team back into said jungle to retrieve his scientist ex-wife. Oh, and probably have to kill his best friend, who was also on that commando team, and now may be the ruler of the local tribal anomaly, because wouldn't that just suck if he got back to the States and went on a book signing tour proving conclusively that the United States Government was capable of lying about something?

That just can't be!

But anyway, I seem to remember this being a movie on the Sci-Fi channel long before it actually hit video stores, so pardon me if I'm a smidge nonplussed before we even get this candle lit. The back of the box confirms my shattered memories--this is in fact a SciFi Original--which basically means welcome to the craps table, boys...purely random action. It might be good, but then, it might totally suck. And no, that's not a pun. Why does everyone think I'm trying to be funny when I say most vampire movies just plain suck?

Don't believe me? Here's a quick summary of what Kevin VanHook's trying to foist on us now: Johnny Rico from "Starship Troopers" going into the jungle to kill some guy from "Underworld", who's leading an attack squadron of vampires about to invade America. Oh, and Johnny's also got to rescue the hot chick from "The Lost World". Though I'm being facetious, the actors' best-known roles are quite accurate--the back of the box agrees with me in most cases--so it's pretty safe to say, hellooooo dumping ground!

Never mind that VanHook uses wire-fu like no tomorrow. Never mind that his script and choice of actors is about as bereft of originality as a desert is of water--it's freaking "Predator", for crying out loud! He just replaced extraterrestrial hunters with vampires!

Never mind any of that. It may not be long on originality, but one thing you can say for VanHook's work is that it certainly is not dull. Nope, there's more than enough action going on around here for two movies. Lots of fighting, lots of gunplay, lots of vampires getting staked. No, this will not be boring, just wildly unoriginal. Though for some, that may make it boring enough.

The ending is much like the rest of the movie--packed with action, yet not featuring a whole lot beyond what you'd expect from it. But there are a couple handy plot twists at the end that help to redeem it from total mediocrity.

The special features include a commentary track, photo gallery, a copy of the screenplay for those of you with DVD-ROMs, and trailers for "Masters of Horror", "Voodoo Moon", "The Fallen Ones", "Room 6", and "Hellboy: Sword of Storms".

All in all, Kevin VanHook's latest effort is much like his earlier efforts: fair, with plenty of action, but not a whole lot of uniqueness to distinguish them from the pack.

 

Slayer
**
DVD
Directed by Kevin VanHook
Written by Kevin VanHook
Starring Casper Van Dien, Kevin Grievoux, Jennifer O'Dell, Alexis Cruz
Produced by Kevin VanHook
NR
87 mins
2006

Check out the Video Store Guy on his own ever-lovin' website. Featuring never before seen pieces exclusive to Reel Advice! (reel.panel2panel.com)

You can join the web team by writing an article and emailing it to americajr@americajr.com. We are looking for reviews of music, movies, video games and sports. The minimum is three paragraphs. Thanks for all your help!

Here's Your Benefits:

  • Your article is published on AmericaJR.com with your name
  • You will get your own email address @AmericaJR.com
  • After five stories, you get a FREE AmericaJR.com T-shirt

>> Bookmark This Site Now! <<

 

doteasy.com - free web hosting. Free hosting with no banners.

 

BACK TO THE AMERICAJR ONLINE HOMEPAGE

Copyright © 2006 AmericaJR.com. All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized duplication or use of Text, Site Template, Graphics and or Site Design is Prohibited by Federal and International laws. See our Notice/Disclaimer.

AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY