So, there are two films called Jack Frost that came out in the late nineties. One of them was yesterday’s Jack Frost, the other one is a slasher comedy that came out the year before.
And today it’s…
17th November, Day 18
Jack Frost (Michael Cooney, 1997)
A serial killer called Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) has alluded capture for years and has racked up 38 victims across six different states. One day Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport, not the John Simm character from Life On Mars), a small town sheriff, goes to help him when he has parked up beside the road, and totally by luck manages to arrest the dangerous criminal.
A week before Christmas, Frost is being transported to death row, when the van is involved in an accident with another truck, and Jack manages to escape – but only far enough for the truck’s genetically altered acid to dissolve his body into the snow. Instead of this being the end though, his DNA is fused into the snow and he becomes a killer snowman to continue his killing spree.
At the same time, Snowmonton is preparing for Christmas, although Sheriff Tiler is still worried about Frost’s promises of revenge. When the first suspected murder he has ever had to investigate happens, he fears that Jack Frost is somehow reaping his vengeance from beyond the grave! Will Sheriff Tiler be able to find the killer snowman? What do the FBI and the Government really know about what is going on? And just how do you stop Jack Frost?
Despite a really promising set up and a great central character, this is just a bit of a rubbishy film, and doesn’t come close to cheesy enough to get into “so bad it’s good” territory. Scott MacDonald is pretty good as the wisecracking serial killer, but the rest of the acting is pretty terrible, even for a low budget film.
The terrible special effects are par for the course with something like this, so you can’t really complain about them. There are some memorable kills through the film, and the original idea is just enough to make this not a total waste of time.
Overall, I give this
I’ll admit it’s at the low end of the 2 gold rings. It’s a really great concept (wise-cracking serial killer snowman), but the actual film doesn’t deliver on it. A few good kills, but it gets a bit dull, which is what a schocky film like this lives and dies on.
Tomorrow I’m back on the family film kick, and it’s the first animated film since the first day with Aardman Animation’s ARTHUR CHRISTMAS!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost