Jack Frost (1997) – By Baron Craze


Michael Cooney, who made his directorial debut with this so awful it hurts and yet is actually an enjoyable good film, is the same man who penned the script of James Mangold’s extremely entertaining psychological thriller with horror tones, known as Identity (2003). Cooney herein proves a different abstract, that all the creativity on the topic of a killer snowman, makes for the worst movie, with the best fun, for a Christmas Horror Movie! Now, this concept beats Michael Keaton starring role in a family film by the same name in 1998, which many found as cute family fun movie, with wholesome qualities. In addition for those completists, there actually happens to be three Jack Frost movies, the third came out in 1979, as short amination family film.

This was a straight-to-video, bottom of the bargain bin film, filled of the most inane actions, dialogue and behaviors and yet still entertaining, on a warp wintry blitz of insanity sliding on black ice. It all adds up for a level beneath camp, cheap production and sets to match, the quirky special effects to match a lunacy driven story of wicked disproportions which provides hilarity to the viewers. The plot, simple enough a convict killer name surprisingly Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) transported for his execution, has a collision with a truck hauling an highly secretive liquid resulting in Jack, becoming liquefied and ultimate a water base creation in a winter land, hence a Killer Snowman. Upon his transform from human to water based, earns him the ability to claim his revenge against the man who incarcerated him, Sheriff Sam (Christopher Allport), a few days before Christmas. From here, the ride goes further down the bizarre path, and still holds horror fans in a sleigh of delight, without any comprehension of logic or believably require, all that is checked when one starts watching the movie. There is a brief foundation for the movie, in sense that the transformation, such as Shocker (1989) the killer transformed in electricity, which later repeated itself in a mode to Ghost in the Machine (1993) from director Rachel Talalay. Therefore, Jack’s abilities of a water based killing machine, tie back into the history of horror, quite well, and the noting that fact of all forms he can achieve, solid, liquid and vapor.

The flick has also achieves a cult following because of the role of Jill, played by Shannon Elizabeth in her first movie (who later starred in American Pie (1999) and then Thir13en Ghosts (2001)), similar what became of then forgettable Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), with regard to Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger. Surprising enough, Shannon’s character actually plays in the film’s more controversial scene, the rape from Jack while in a shower, and his nose is what violates her, similar in from the scene of the forest penetrating certain victims in the Evil Dead movies. However, aside from this offensive moment, the film attempts for suspense generating scenes, and achieving them only to squandered them away once again, in exchange poor dialogue or more unbelievable goofiness expounding from all directions.

An overly intentional ridiculous conceptual movie, only scratches the surface, and still through all the groans, moans, and outrageous laughter the entertainment level increases. The understanding for the viewer, accepts the humor, embraces the impossible storyline, and enjoys the strange death scenes to illogical disbelief of how a snowman drives a car. In addition, Jack enjoys the same treatment that Freddy Krueger and Chucky embrace in their character driven movies, the endless one-liners, however like the rest of the movie, dull and flat retorts. The execution delivers as much as it falls flat, and still earns itself first a holographic VHS cover and even a sequel called Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000).  One, must note the tragic and yet a bizarre connection to actor Christopher Allport, passed in January 2008, from a freak occurrence of a trio of avalanches killed him, at the San Gabriel Mountains, he starred also in the sequel of the film.

Cooney’s movie simply becomes a fun and entertain holiday ride, with the emphasis on campy and bizarre wonderment, for the horror fan, that rather rest the brain, and open the hearty laughter enjoying the banter with friends.