Jacob “Jake” Greyman (Sean Patrick Flanery) is the last resort in the fight against evil. The Catholic Church have given Jacob a license to kill and when all goes wrong, Jake steps in and handles things “his own way”. That usually entails stabbing with sharpened crosses and breaking necks. The Church, of course, is a tad edgy with giving a half-breed the authorization to slay as they’re worried someday Jake will turn toward his “dark side” and serve Satan. Despite Jake’s soul being damned by God, he serves the Church, faithfully dispatching evil whenever it rears its ugly head.
After a particularly nasty exorcism gone wrong, Jake becomes aware of a plot by a demon to impregnate a list of prostitutes in order to create more Hellspawn. Cardinal White (William Bassett) sets Jake on the case and assigns him a partner, Sister Sara Ryan (Colleen Porch). Jake is assured that this nun will be able to deal with whatever needs to be handled. As one would expect, Sister Sara gets in Jake’s way a few times and allows her conscience to screw things up. Luck must be on Jake’s side though because he never seems to hit a dead end. Every card he picks up has the info he needs and every person he talks to seems to have the right thing to say.
They begin tracking the last living prostitute on a list found in a dead talent agent’s office. They’re certain the prostitute is now carrying the demons baby and wherever she is, the demon won’t be far behind. Their investigation leads them to an old shitty hotel where everybody and their mama are humping. Jake knows the score; this demon they’re hunting is Asmodeus (Billy Drago), a demon of Lust and Desire. Guess what? He’s right! A battle ensues and Jake is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, Sister Sara is missing. Figuring Sara has been taken to the cemetery where Asmodeus knocked up the last girl, Jake sets out on a hog snatched from the biggest, meanest biker he can beat up.
Meanwhile, back in the mausoleum at the Cemetery, Asmodeus is making his move…slowly. Now, all guys know foreplay isn’t necessary so we have to assume he’s taking his own sweet time in order to allow Jake to stop things before they get messy.
Unfortunately, the last laugh is on Asmodeus. The Church set him and Jake up. Sister Sara isn’t all she’s cracked up to be. It’s time for Jake to make his own way in the world, follow his own rules. His name is Jacob Greyman…this is his story…THIS…IS HIS TELEVISION PILOT.
Holy shit, what a clunker. Setting aside all obvious comparisons to Constantine, Blade, Buffy & Hellboy…this was nothing more than a made for TV movie padded out to 78 minutes. A few snips here and there, mainly nudity and sex, and this could easily air on ANY channel as a 60 minute pilot for a Demon Hunter series. I like Sean Patrick Flanery and felt it was a real shame he was given nothing but silly tough guy one-liners and blah blah blah philosophizing dialogue. When he isn’t striking gold every move he makes, he’s debating with Sister Sara. It gets old. Billy Drago is cool-as-a-cucumber as usual. This role felt like nothing more than a guest appearance though.
The FX was adequate, the CG was used to a minimum, the acting was great and the 80’s hairband rock was incredibly dated and idiotic. If you’re hoping for a demonic splatterfest or a psychological thriller…pass on Demon Hunter. I really can’t even recommend it to people with 78 minutes free time. It’s just so uneventful and unoriginal that all I can simply say is…wait for the TV series and make up your mind then.