Jack Frost (1997)

Jack Frost posterJack Frost (1997)

[xrr rating=2/5]

Michael Cooney’s directorial debut, Jack Frost, is the story of a serial killer (aptly named ‘Jack Frost’) who in an acidic accident, turns into a snowman.  He then hunts down the family and friends of the sheriff who caught him.  The result is a comedy horror mesh of death and lots of snow.

I’ll begin the review by stating first that 90’s horror and I don’t get along too well.  So with that bias out in the open let’s continue.  Jack Frost packs a few good kills, a smart-ass monster, and extra cheese.  All together, that’s not a bad mix.  The problem lies in the execution.  Frost has his funny moments, but a majority of his one-liners are just obnoxious.  Other problems lie in the directing and camera work.  I don’t claim to know anything about directing, nor am I a photographer or cinematographer of any sort.  But I do know camera work that I don’t like, and it abounds in 90’s horror like Jack Frost.  However, beyond those two annoyances, the effects are cheesy and enjoyable.

Jack Frost

Here and there the film has its hilarity (ie: “I can see your house from here!”) and some effectively brutal kills, but overall it is a clumsy endeavor that doesn’t much impress this viewer.  One thing is certain, it is certainly a seasonal film.  So give it a try because if you enjoy it, it’s a good addition to horror holiday viewing.

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