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Old 09-23-13, 01:39 AM
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"Jack Frost" Reviews/Discussion - 2013 Horror Challenge: Day 16





Jack Frost (1997)



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Old 10-16-13, 01:42 AM
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This is like a mash up of Child's Play and Friday the 13th The Series. Shannon Elizabeth in an early role is fun until she gets "iced". Sorry, couldn't help it.
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Re: "Jack Frost" Reviews/Discussion - 2013 Horror Challenge: Day 16

This is a movie where it wants to be "so bad it is good" but I felt 90% of the humor fell flat and the effects aren't very good. Acting is eh and story is dumb. I saw this years ago and didn't remember much about it. Now I know why.

I will say that a few of the kills are interesting (Jack Frost can shoot ice daggers out of his hand) but that is about the best thing I can say about it. Can't wait to rent Jack Frost 2! Yep, they made a sequel that appears to have even lower remarks than this one.

My rating: ** out of *****
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I can't even express how much I loved this. As soon as it started, with the little girl voice and the story by the uncle, I knew this was my kind of movie. Over the top, totally ridiculous - in the very best way. I doubt any movie for the rest of the challenge will come close to topping this.
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I was promised Michael Keaton.
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This is a movie where it wants to be "so bad it is good" but I felt 90% of the humor fell flat and the effects aren't very good. Acting is eh and story is dumb...
I agree with this. Jack Frost is a potentially cool popcorn fluff idea and the best thing the film makers did was playing the story straight to keep it semi-serious, tongue in cheek. Instead of letting the corny imagery run it's course they invented some silly back story and focused on really un-necessary exposition (some plot it good but they seemed to explain every nuance of this killer snowman). It's a cute idea, but more of a short film skit than feature.

It seemed like some of the shots were more close up than wide (to compensate for lower production?) giving the film a weird headshot spaghetti western appearance at times. [Edit: On YouTube]

I liked the fake ending, fake endings rule.

On the subject of holiday horror films... someone seems to have made a Thankskilling 3?
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I was promised Michael Keaton.

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This was only a year since my last watch and it was one of my favorite discoveries from last year. Definitely held up and wasn't bored for a moment. It gets everything right and is a fantastic horror comedy, which feels a bit more eighties in its schlock than some other films of the period. I also do recommend the sequel, which is a ridiculous step down in production values (Jack doesn't appear nearly as much) but still delivers on the icy charms.
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I can't even express how much I loved this. As soon as it started, with the little girl voice and the story by the uncle, I knew this was my kind of movie. Over the top, totally ridiculous - in the very best way. I doubt any movie for the rest of the challenge will come close to topping this.
So far, I prefer Severance, but this was definitely a great second!
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I love movies like this. This feels like something I'd stay up late and watch Joe Bob Briggs talk about on a Saturday when I was in high school. I appreciate a good horror comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously, and I found this to have quite a few amusing moments. My favorite was probably when Jack Frost kept shoving the woman's head in the Christmas balls and hung her as an ornament.

I liked the fake-out endings, there were at least 2 or 3, and the T-1000 moments of water seeping through doors. So are we all in agreement that Jack was using the carrot nose as a dick so he could rape Shannon Elisabeth? I'm not sure if that's too dark or hilarious.

Was anybody else amused at the end by Sam repeatedly dunking his young child in anti-freeze? It's great that they figured out what could kill the monster, but I assume anti-freeze is dangerous to accidentally consume.
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This is always a fun one to watch. Been a while for me; I remember buying this in 1998 I believe.

I'm surprised Netflix didn't have it letterboxed. I compared the streaming picture to my DVD and even though the DVD isn't anamorphic, the framing and overall look was much more pleasing.
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I'll be a dissenting vote and say how absolutely sub-mediocre I thought that this was. There's obviously some talent both in front of and behind the camera, and they squander it on a killer snowman film? Really? PCBreakdown said that she knew from the opening voiceovers that she was going to like it; I immediately knew from the faked little girl voice that I was going to dislike it. With material like this, you've really got to go all out to sell it and make it work, and I never felt that the filmmakers had enough trust in their concept to do that. So we get stupid, sometimes non-sequitur wisecracks from the least believable snowman on this side of a department store window. It wasn't awful; it just wasn't necessary.
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It felt that the movie tried to be too serious at first, but abandoned that and went full camp in the second half. I found it to be pretty fun. The snowman was really fake, but I think that was the point.

The rape scene was a bit much, but it was obvious they were using a dummy for most of it, so it almost became a wash. Likewise when Sally was killed--I think there were using one of the Barbie styling doll heads to mash her 'face' into the ornaments. The kid getting dunked in the antifreeze was something else. And did I hear right that Sam put antifreeze in his oatmeal? WTF? Is he trying to kill his parents?

This is a good background movie that has some funny moments. It's enjoyable enough.
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And did I hear right that Sam put antifreeze in his oatmeal? WTF? Is he trying to kill his parents?
He said he didn't want his Dad to get cold. Probably the best line in the whole stinky movie.
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I'm a gluten for holiday horror (see what I did there?), so I enjoyed it and was really surprised to find that so many of you did as well. I expected much more vitriol.

That was Shannon Elizabeth? Neat. I can't remember what other stuff I've seen the sheriff in, but I know I liked him a lot in something else.

And Undeadcow, I watched Thankskilling recently and it's perhaps the worst film I've ever seen. I can't wait to see 3, the second film in the series.
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I can't remember what other stuff I've seen the sheriff in, but I know I liked him a lot in something else.
He was in a memorable episode from the first season of the X-Files. He played a former partner of Scully's whose body was possessed by the ghost of bank robber killed during a heist.
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He was in a memorable episode from the first season of the X-Files. He played a former partner of Scully's whose body was possessed by the ghost of bank robber killed during a heist.
That must be it, thanks! One of my favorite shows ever, and I've seen season one several times.
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That must be it, thanks! One of my favorite shows ever, and I've seen season one several times.
Same here, it was driving me crazy so I had to stop the movie to find out where I recognized that guy. The episode was called Lazarus, one of my favorite episodes from the first season. Of course my favorite is a toss up between Ice and Between the Sea... and Squeeze. Gah, it's hard picking favorites with that show.
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I thought that sheriff seemed oddly familiar too; it's funny the impact a TV series guest role can have on people
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