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Jack Frost
(1996)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 8.5 Beans

ere's the setup: serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is being driven to his execution in a State Police Execution Transfer Vehicle (which looks suspiciously like a Good Humor truck) when an accident coats him in some sort of acid which makes his DNA fuse with the snow on the ground. Yeah. You read that right.

Soon, we're introduced to the cop who brought Jack down in the first place. "Sam" is played by Christopher Allport in a role which will no doubt bring him future small-town cop roles in other horrible straight-to-video films. Sam and his family are happy because Jack Frost is finally dead.

Only, see, he isn't dead, because his DNA fused with snow.

"Jack Frost" features so many bizarre killing scenes that it's hard to keep track of what happened to whom. A kid is decapitated by a sled after being knocked over by Snowman Jack. Then, for no good reason, Jack kills the kid's entire family, along with a few other unlucky souls.

It's all in good fun, though, with Jack spouting the obligatory one-liners after murdering someone (there's one pun which literally had me staggering about the room in disgust). See, it's just a dumb horror movie, but it knows this. The problem? We knew it first because of the stupid "happy-to-evil" snowman face on the cover of the video box.

This film embodies everything that straight-to-video stands for. It's all here: cheap-looking decapitated heads, shoddy police work, a town which is supposed to be in the middle of winter but, unfortunately, had to be shot on a gorgeous Summer's day. For its last half hour, though, "Jack Frost" loses its creative camp steam. After the snowman rape scene, it's pretty much over.

The mere fact that I had to use the phrase "snowman rape scene" should clue you in to what this movie's all about. Make sure when you rent it that you aren't alone, though: not that it's scary (at all), but then you might be able to deny having watched it, and that's cheating.






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