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Stan Helsing

It`s Halloween night and stoner video clerk Stan Helsing (Steve Howey) along with his insanely sexy ex-girlfriend (Diora Baird), his best buddy (Kenan Thompson) and an `exotic dancer`/`massage therapist` (Desi Lydic) - detour into a town cursed by parodies of six of the biggest monsters in movie history: Freddy/Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason/Friday the 13th, Pinhead/Hellraiser, Leatherface/The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Chucky/Child`s Play and Michael Myers/Halloween. But when Stan discovers that he`s a direct descendant of the legendary monster hunter Val Helsing, the four have to survive a night with the monsters, homicidal hitchhikers, vampire strippers, killer karaoke, and the temptations of lots of hot chicks.

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Genre: Comedy / Horror
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Cast: Steve Howey, Diora Baird, Kenan Thompson, Desi Lydic, Leslie Nielsen
Director: Bo Zenga
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Watch this if you liked: “Scary Movie”, “Superhero Movie”, “Epic Movie”

Being the latest addition to the parodies of Hollywood's famous movies, one would expect "Stan Helsing" to be able to hold a candle next to its predecessors such as the first "Scary Movie" in 2000 or at the very least, the 2008's "Superhero Movie". However, most of the gags in the movie are not that pleasant to laugh at as the jokes have gone stale for a parody movie and the gags are running purely on dark humour, a setback for a majority of comedy fans to understand. Some of the slapstick jokes can be slightly offensive and rather recycled from other movies before this, such as the homosexual jokes concerning the altar boys and nuns. The actors could have done a lot more to exaggerate their facial expressions to enhance the laughing points of the movie.

"Stan Helsing" emphasis on strong references to existing thriller horror movies, much to the viewing pleasure of horror movie fans while for some of the audience who are not, might find it a bit difficult to understand a few scenes being referred to in the movie. For example, when the main character mentions of "The Hills Have Eyes", it is possible that not everyone in the cinema knows of such title. Quite a number of scenes referring to other titles like the 2008 movie "Midnight Meat Train" and 2007's "I am the Legend" are also in the movie, making it a bonus for fans that could spot them as the movie progresses. Audiences can also expect other iconic horror characters such as Chucky of "Child's Play", Freddy Kruger of "Nightmare of Elm Street" and even "Halloween"'s Michael Myers.

As much as the movie's selling point is on the spoofs of a number of horror and slasher flicks out there, the storyline is weak and not catchy enough to please any horror-with-plots fan. The descendant of the legendary vampire slayer, Van Helsing rescues a town from the supernaturals and monsters (in particular, killers from epic slasher horror titles); the plot is just too dry for certain types of audiences. "Stan Helsing" tries to repeat the recipe used in "Scary Movie" by mixing up the bits and pieces of all famous horror films to make into one comedy. It seems unfortunate that "Stan Helsing" did not make excellent use of the already established movies by coming up with a less-stereotypical storyline per se. The movie is too smooth and totally expected.

Lastly, sex sells a lot in this movie. Despite all the above, some audience can actually enjoy watching hot girls wearing sexy costumes of all kinds like Native American outfit, cyber-gothic nurse outfit, high school girl outfit, maid and police women outfit, just to name a few. However ladies too can find something for their viewing pleasure in the movie. That is if they are fond of seeing a guy in Victoria's Secret lingerie, perhaps.

"Stan Helsing" will be a definite hit among fans of horror spoofs and only give this movie a go at the box-office if no other real horror flick is opening at the same weekend.

Cinema Online, 06 January 2011
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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