Jack Frost (1997) Review: Silly Snowman Slaying
“He’s chillin’… and killin'”
Synopsis: After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed.
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In order to get full enjoyment out of Jack Frost, you’re going to want to watch it with some friends and some beers. It’s entertaining enough on its own in a quaint, “who thought this was a good idea” sort of way, but the company and alcohol will REALLY help.
The premise of a death row killer being turned into evil snow wasn’t ridiculous enough for the filmmakers, apparently. Science not only weeps over this film, it also drinks heavily and worries its whole family. There’s a brief animated sequence to show the “science” side of Jack Frost becoming snow; there’s some sort of detector (which looks totally legit) that can identify footprints; the FBI agent has Men in Black style guns in his trunk. It’s a very silly movie, but it’s supposed to be.
Judging by the end credits (“Special Thanks to Acts Of Nature: Flash Flood, No Snow, High Winds”), the filmmakers planned on using real snow for at least some of the movie, so I’d love to give them a pass on the fake stuff… but surely there were better options for the fake snow. There must have been. And yes, I know this is a silly thing to quibble over when the entire movie is such a campy mess, but I really couldn’t get over it.
If you’re the sort who likes a campy take on the genre, this is a decent addition to your Christmas lineup. It’s also got the dubious distinction of being one of Shannon Elizabeth‘s first film appearances. (Wonder how she feels about her first movie experience involving being molested by a snowman?) It’s just enough ridiculousness to hold your attention without the benefit of alcohol… but it’s still recommended.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C
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