Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Review Rating: 7
Stan Helsing is a slacker video rental clerk on a mission to deliver movies to a patron in a haunted gated community, along with three zany friends.
Please remember, these parody movies aren’t for everyone. It takes a certain kind of sense of humor to enjoy things like the Scary Movie series, but if you have it, you will enjoy this film too. If not, you may want to skip it.
So Stan Helsing works in a desultory fashion at Schlockbuster, and of course the mother of the owner of the store calls in on Halloween night to order some porn. (You wish I was kidding.) Stan has to go deliver the movies to the gated community where she lives and hopefully after that attend a big Halloween party. Stan’s friend Teddy is a nice big black guy in a superhero costume, he brings his empty-headed stripper turned masseuse girlfriend Mia, and Stan’s ex-girlfriend Nadine. Once they actually make it to Stormy Night Estates, after scares on darkened roads and the car finally breaking down, it turns out the community is infested with legendary Hollywood monsters: Freddy, Chucky, Pinhead, Jason, and Michael Meyers. Of course, each one’s been parodied to hell and gone: Freddy is done up like a monster version of Flavor Flav from Public Enemy, Chucky’s played by a midget, Pinhead has all sorts of things like syringes and lollipops instead of pins in his head, Jason wears a hockey jersey and Michael has a yarmulke. The running around and making fun of as many legendary horror films is pretty good, the crude attempts at comedy are livened up a bit by the dumb blonde girlfriend Mia’s one-liners that imply sexual connotation. The ending Karaoke contest did make me roll my eyes though. There’s plenty trying to imply that Stan is actually a descendant of Van Helsing, famed monster hunter, and a cameo from Leslie Nielson does help too.
Not completely devoid of adult humor, Stan Helsing finds an interesting balance of wit and ridiculousness that is actually pretty good.