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|Directed by||Bo Zenga|
|Produced by||Scott Steindorff
|Written by||Bo Zenga|
|Music by||Ryan Shore|
|Studio||Stone Village Pictures|
|Distributed by||Anchor Bay Entertainment|
|Release dates||October 23, 2009|
|Running time||81 min.|
Stan Helsing is a 2009 parody film, known in some parts of Asia as Scary Movie 5. Like Scary Movie, it parodies horror films. Although it references many movies, TV shows, people and pop cultural events, it focuses mainly on the 2004 film Van Helsing.
Stan Helsing (Steve Howey) is an underachieving employee at a video rental store named Schlockbuster whose personal mottos are "Don't get involved" and "Don't talk about it". His teen-aged boss Sully orders him to drop off a bag of movies to the mother of the store's owner or risk not having a job Monday morning. Despite his arguments, he agrees to the request and manages to get his friend Teddy (Kenan Thompson), his ex-girlfriend Nadine (Diora Baird) and ditsy blond massage therapist Mia (Desi Lydic) to take him there before they attend a Halloween party, even though it's on the other side of town.
En route, the group encounters a traffic jam and, to Stan's surprise, he spots Chucky, the living doll (Jeff Gulka), who makes obscene gestures that no one else notices in the van of a MILF next to them. Because of this disturbance, they miss their exit and decide to take a shortcut on which they hit a dog named Sammy Boy and inadvertently asked the dog's owner for help who then threatens to kill them for murdering his beloved dog. After fleeing the scene, Teddy picks up a hitchhiker, but after learning he was convicted of murdering nurses they violently throw him from the moving vehicle. They come across a gas station where the perverted owners tell Stan that he may be related to the legendary Abraham Van Helsing, the monster hunter. They depart and after finding Stormy Night Estates, they discover the attendants never put gas into the car. They come across a local bar and meet the ire of the townsfolk in a bad attempt of Karaoke while singing Johnny Cash's song Ring of Fire.
After they leave, they discover that all the citizens, including their waitress, Kay (Leslie Nielsen), were actually dead due to a massive fire that consumed the town ten years earlier. They encounter several monsters including Pinhead, the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, and a Jewish Michael Meyers. They are given weapons by an extroverted altar boy who is so very close to becoming a priest who informs Stan of his destiny and that he is Van Helsing's descendant, arming them with various weapons before kicking them out of his church. The townsfolk offer a competition in which Stan and his friends compete against the monsters in Karaoke. The humans are unanimously voted as the winners, but the monsters refuse to leave town. Disobeying his policy of never getting involved, Stan turns each of the monsters' weaknesses against them, soundly defeating them and feeding them to Sammy who had been brought back to vicious life (a'la Pet Sematary). The group calls a cab and they leave the town as heroes. During the trip home, Nadine discovers how much she cares for Stan and kisses him. Teddy suggest kissing Mia, but she rebuffs with a lap dance offer instead which he gladly accepts. The movie ends with the taxi cab driving away and the sound of moaning.
During the film many posters relating to Southern New Jersey are shown such as 'Visit Atlantic City' and 'Visit Palasades Park'. The town the videos are being delivered to is called Linwood (a real town in Southern New Jersey). Neighboring cities Ventnor and Margate are mentioned on a news broadcast towards the end of the movie.
- Steve Howey as Stan Helsing
- Diora Baird as Nadine
- Kenan Thompson as Teddy
- Desi Lydic as Mia
- Leslie Nielsen as Kay
- Travis MacDonald as Hitcher
- Chad Krowchuk as Sully
- Darren Moore as Crazy
- Jeremy Crittenden as Altar Boy
- Jeff Gulka as Lucky (spoof of Chucky of Child's Play)
- Ken Kirzinger as Mason (spoof of Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th)
- Ben Cotton as Freddy (spoof of Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Lee Tichon as Michael Cryers (spoof of Michael Myers of Halloween)
- Twan Holliday as Pleatherface (spoof of Leatherface of The Texas Cahinsaw Massacre)
- Charles Zuckermann as Needlehead (spoof of Pinhead of Hellraiser)
- Hilary Strang as Hippie Lady
- Ray G. Thunderchild as Husband
- John DeSantis as Frankenstein's Monster
- Ryan Steele as the Wolfman
- Jeremiah Sird as Idiot Indian
The music was composed by Ryan Shore.
Stan Helsing was panned by critics. It hold a rating of 18% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes.
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- "Music from Stan Helsing". MusicfromFilm.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- "Stan Helsing (2009)". Retrieved 31 July 2012.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes song "I Don't Want to Go Home" is featured in the talent show scene. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen.