Friday, April 10, 2015

Film Review: Jack Frost (1997)

Jack Frost (Review)
United States/1997
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"I genuinely had fun."

On the night of his execution, serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is freed after a collision while being transported. As he attempts to escape, Jack Frost is sprayed with an acid that causes him to melt into the snow...

Jack Frost continues to follow town sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport) as his town prepares for its holiday festivities. Tiler was the cop responsible for initially catching Jack Frost -- he's looked over his shoulder ever since. When bodies start to pile up, Tiler suspects Jack Frost has escaped. Of course, he has no idea Jack Frost has transformed into a maniacal snowman with a lust for blood. More bodies pile up leading to the citizen joining forces and fighting Jack Frost. The ending dragged on a bit; it's one of those endings that keeps ending. You know, it acts like it's all over, then Jack Frost returns and so on -- it did it at least twice.

 Jack Frost is an entertaining horror film. Usually, it ranks in the "so-bad-it's-good" category. Occasionally, it's simply good and bad. All-in-all, I had a lot of fun. This has a very bizarre and far-out concept, but it works. For those tired of the same ol' ghost films we receive nowadays, this is a breath of fresh air. It's not especially frightening, but the practical effects are great -- if you love gory slashers, this is for you! The over-the-top death scenes are memorable. The film got a few chuckles out of me -- some of it from the actual humor, some from the bad aspects of the film. The cheesy dialogue riddled with one-liners, for example, was "so-bad-it's-good."

The acting is okay. Scott MacDonald is a decent leading man. Christopher Allport is good as Jack Frost. I think the poor dialogue was more to blame for the mediocre cast -- it just doesn't flow naturally. The film builds a nice holiday atmosphere through the music and settings -- it looks nice. I'm a big fan of practical effects, so I was glad to see the special effects here. Jack Frost, though, looks comical at all times; I think he's one of the least menacing antagonist in any slasher I've seen. Writer and director Michael Cooney has some flaws, but he ultimately delivers a fun and enjoyable experience -- maybe even unintentionally. Still, I'm glad to see creativity in the horror genre.

Overall, I liked Jack Frost. It's far from perfect, in fact, in many aspects, it's bad. However, I genuinely had fun. I laughed a couple of times, I loved the special effects, and it kept me seated from beginning to end. It doesn't take it self too seriously, and neither should you. It's at the very least worth a rental or stream.

Score:6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some brief nudity.

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