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Jan-Gel: The Beast Returns
Jan-Gel 2: The Beast Returns

USA 2001
produced by
Conrad Brooks
directed by Conrad Brooks
starring Conrad Brooks, Mitzi Reid, Garland Hewlett, Joseph Miller, Grady Stiles III, Gustavo Perez, Joel D.Wynkoop, Edward Hopf, Marvin Kennedy, Dale Clukey
written by Conrad Brooks, music by Ellsworth Hall


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After not having quite died at the end of Jan-Gel, the Beast from the East, caveman Jan-Gel has been taken into care by a gang of gypsies, led by Madame Mitzi (Mitzi Reid), who frequently rob video stores & use Jan-Gel as their look-out man. However, learning of a giant that helps the gypsies, FBI agent Conrad Brooks soon figures it must be his old nemesis, Jan-Gel.

But then report gets out that the giant was shot in the head at one of the gang's stick-outs ... but has not quite died. However, looking for him at local hospitals or doctors proves to be futile, so soon there is just one option left: Doctor Rockula (Joseph Miller), a plastic surgeon fallen from grace who since resides at the local cemetary, "experimenting on dead animals".

Of course, Rockula has treated Jan-Gel, but soon enough, Jan-Gel's anasthetic wears off, & he kills both Rockula & his assistant Gor (Grady Stiles III) & goes on a rampage ... but with Conrad Brooks close behind.

Eventualy though, Jan-Gel has chosen the railtracks as his escape route ... but when a train heads his way, he, the caveman, doesn't quite know how to react & is run over by the train ...

& somehow, Conrad Brooks gets a film deal out of it.

By the way, Dale Clukey, who played Jan-Gel in the first movie, is here seen as the title beast only briefly (in snippets that might very well be stock footage), but soon Jan-Gel is bandaged beyond recognition & is then played by Garland Hewlett, Marvin Kennedy & even Conrad Brooks himself.


Of course the second Jan-Gel film is about as low-budget & unpolished as Jan-Gel, the Beast from the East, & again it's not a good film, but yet again, you might find it funny for its shortcomings & its unserious approach to the genre.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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