Jack Frost (1997)


Tis the season to dig into our libraries once more for those holiday films we love to watch each year.  I bet some of you may even find Jack Frost in your collections.  Now this film is certainly not It’s a Wonderful Life, and it shouldn’t be mistaken for that Michael Keaton family movie by the same name.  Written and directed by Michael Cooney, this story centers around a serial killer named Jack Frost (played by Scott MacDonald) who somehow becomes fused with snow after an accident involving genetic material.

Right from the movie’s introduction, you can tell this movie is not meant to be taken serious.  It has this nostalgic 80’s horror vibe about it.  This is surprising, considering that audiences of that time were clamoring to see serious horror movies like I Know What You did Last Summer, The Relic, Mimic, The Devil’s Advocate, Event Horizon, and Scream 2.  Then again, that year also gave us Leprechaun 4 (the one where they’re in space…FACEPALM).

Criticized by many, the acting was what you would expect in a cult film such as this.  Granted, I felt that Christopher Allport played a believable and likable sheriff.  Stephen Mendel likewise did a decent job with that stereotypical government A-hole role.   I should also mention that MacDonald’s voice work certainly made the snowman more menacing (and dare I say more lovable).  And just because I think there is some unwritten rule about this, I will also mention that Shannon Elizabeth is in this movie…and that her performance…um…crushed it…so to speak.

If you’re looking for a movie with creative, yet comical, death sequences or a low-budget special effects feature, then Jack Frost is a movie to consider, even during a holiday season.  The movie does have some amazing deaths, like that sled decapitation.  And it also has cheesy effects like snow-looking felt on the ground and some rather awkward looking snowman costumes/prop. And let’s face it.  Isn’t the holidays about getting together with loved ones, escaping from reality for a while, and sharing a few laughs?

Still, you probably should steer younger audiences away.  I’d give this movie a 2.5 out of 5.


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