THE PLOT THUS FAR
In the vein of spoof cinema like Austin Powers and the Scary Movie franchise, Stan Helsing lampoons contemporary film audiences never-ending fascination with what makes our blood curdle. In the story, hapless video store clerk Stan Helsing (Steve Howey) and his friends must make a routine video delivery on Halloween night before going to a Halloween party. But when a chain of seemingly random mishaps strand Stan and the gang in Stormy Night Estates, Stan learns of his true destiny as a descendant of the legendary monster-hunter Van Helsing. With his motley band in tow including his best friend Teddy (Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson), he will battle evil in the form of parodies of movie monster icons Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Pinhead, Michael Myers, and Chucky! The ultimate confrontation between good and evil will require immeasurable courage, grim determination and a flair for karaoke?!?
WHAT WE THOUGHT
There is a slight plot to the film, but it’s really only put into play in order to get the four primary players into silly situations. All our title character (Steve Howey) has to do is drop off a few DVDs for his boss and then he and his friends can go to a Halloween party.
Unfortunately for Stan, the gated community he’s making a delivery to is cursed. Stan, his ex-girlfriend Nadine (Diora Baird), his friend Teddy (Kenan Thompson), and Teddy’s date, Mia (Desi Lydic), find themselves in a fight for their lives as they spoof films from “Van Helsing” to “Friday the 13th” to “Jeepers Creepers.”
The monster line up includes Jason, Freddy Kreuger, Chucky, Pinhead, Leatherface, and Michael Myers. Dracula’s ladyfriends are also thrown into the fray. Despite this literal murderer’s row, the main characters are never really in that much danger.
The DVD comes with an audio commentary from the director and several key actors. Plus, you get a ton of featurettes and deleted scenes. If that’s not enough, you also get a ton of outtakes and trailers. The A/V Quality isn’t that amazing, but it carries very little digital noise on the transfer. However, I wish that the Dolby 5. 1 track was a little more robust. It’s kind of sad for a recent theatrical release.
RELEASE DATE: 10/27/09