Horrorfest 2019 Presents: Jack Frost (1997, Michael Cooney)


There are times when I view a horror movie that is goofy, funny, and not at all scary yet I really like it anyways. In some cases the movie is dumb as hell and yet it has that rare charm that makes it hard to resist. In this case I am talking about Jack Frost, which incidentally was also featured on The Last Drive In’s Joe Bob’s Red Christmas marathon months later on Shudder. What a movie. If you want to see a serial killer turned into an evil murdering snowman, this is the movie for you! If you expect great intelligent cinema that teaches you something, this is not your movie. Sometimes I choose entertainment instead, and this is one of those times. Oh and Jack Frost is full of a bunch of character actors thrust into starring roles-people I have never heard of before, even if I might know them from somewhere else. Which is usually the case with horror movies.

This movie has more one liners than any Xmas based horror movie I have ever seen, and also they even made sequels. Will I attempt to track down the sequels at some point? Absolutely, even if they are terrible. I realized after enjoying Gremlins all these years that I rather like a good snow based horror movie, and there are just not enough of them in force today. Probably because ones such as Silent Night Deadly Night were driven out of the cinema by people mad that horror take aim at their sacred holiday traditions. Well that is a damn shame. Give me killer gremlins, evil snowman, psycho Santa’s, creepy phone calling wackos, and of course home alone kids battling evil home invaders. Horror should not be limited to the other three seasons when the forth season is perfect for such cinema.

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