Jack Frost (1997)

1.5 Overall Score
Story: 2/10
Acting: 2/10
Visuals: 1/10


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Movie Info

Movie Name:  Jack Frost

Studio:  A-Pix Entertainment, Inc.

Genre(s):  Horror/Seasonal/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  January 1, 1997

MPAA Rating:  R


I’m not letting that giant killer snowman get me…no matter where he is!

A serial killer named Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) makes an escape attempt on the way to his execution. When he is caught in an accident with a special cargo shipment of a military experiment, Jack Frost becomes a living snowman that can transform himself into liquid at will, and Jack sets out to get the man who sent him to the death chamber. Now Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport) finds himself teamed with Agent Manners (Stephen Mendel) and a scientist named Stone (Rob LaBelle) who created the formula in a desperate race to stop Jack Frost.

Directed by Michael Cooney, Jack Frost is a goofy movie that actually goes past being bad and back to good. The movie had many aspects that led to critics calling it a Child’s Play knock-off, but the movie quickly gained a cult following and featured the film premiere of Shannon Elizabeth.


Where could the giant killer snowman be?

Jack Frost is fun. It isn’t a good movie, but it also doesn’t need to be. A killer snowman is a parody as soon as it is introduced so to expect it to be taken seriously, isn’t likely. Instead, the movie relies on camp and humor instead of any real sense of horror with over-the-top deaths and murders.  I’m sorry, but a snowman just isn’t horrific…except how Jack Frost looks.

Jack Frost is in part so ridiculous because of the incredibly bad special effects. The “deadly” snowman just looks like a man in a giant stuffed amusement park costume. Also, for being a giant snowman, Jack Frost gets around quite quickly and unseen. One minute he won’t be there, then he’ll reform behind someone.  Jack Frost is one evil snowman…if snowmen were menacing at all.


Oh Jack…you are a magical snowman

With the knowledge that it is not a good film, Jack Frost instead just makes the situation (and of course the solution to the problem) funny. It just plays with the idea that the movie is a joke and for the most part it works despite some pretty weak actors. The bath scene (where’s that carrot?) is classic however.

The movie’s VHS cover also was classic with a menacing holographic snowman popping off the case. The other ironic part about Jack Frost is that the following year a big screen film called Jack Frost was released starring Michael Keaton…It was about a snowman that was alive and is a supposed to be a heartwarming kids’ movie…I’m guess at some point parents got them confused much to their horror.  Jack Frost was followed by Jack Frost 2:  Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman in 2000.


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