Notable Cast: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, Shannon Elizabeth
With my work schedule being as hectic as it has been my focus for my holiday horror this year has had to be very particular, as in watching only films I haven't seen before. Which brings the question for this review, why the hell haven't I seen "Jack Frost" prior to this year? The cover art has a special slot in my memory as a kid looking through the video store rental shelves, but the film itself has escaped my viewing pleasure until this year. Despite the significantly low budget and the ridiculousness of its concept, "Jack Frost" is a guilty pleasure film that is sure to gear itself only to those of the "cult" taste. Never would I call it a 'good' film, not in any traditional sense of the word, but its obvious tongue in cheek mannerisms and outrageous ideas certainly sell it for those looking for a humorous horror holiday flick.
After capturing a horrendous serial killer Jack Frost (MacDonald), a small town sheriff (Allport) tries to return to his normal duties as a father, husband, and heartfelt law enforcer. When the killer seeming returns from the dead as a mutant shape shifting snowman hellbent on revenge, this sheriff and two shifty government agents will have to rely on their wits and instincts to stay one step ahead of the killer snowman...and somehow find a way to kill him in the process.
|"There's snow way home, boys."
|I wonder why this wasn't nominated for any awards for special effects?
That being said, its so damn out there that I was on the floor laughing through most of its run time. The film makers really focus on being as silly as they can with the script and more often than not it kept me entertained and chuckling. They were even willing to throw in a few "exploitation" moments into the film, most notably a rape sequence with Shannon Elizabeth that's both hilarious and oddly disturbing, to cater to that audience that is going to be fans either way. The kills are delightfully asinine and the plot gets to be borderline insane by the end as they repeatedly try to kill our monstrous snowman. "Jack Frost" knows how to have fun and it does it with charm.
|If anything, this is the scene that will live in infamy long after we've forgotten about "Jack Frost."
Written By Matt Reifschneider