Jack Frost is a classic Christmas movie starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and an early appearance from Johnny Depp. It’s about two boys who are best friends until one of them goes crazy on Christmas Eve in the middle of a snowstorm. Our review will cover the film itself as well as it’s special features including commentary by director Jason Buchanan-Rice
Jack Frost is a 1997 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Keaton. The film stars Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder and Chris Kattan. The plot follows an evil spirit who possesses the body of a young boy in the small town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was released on Blu-ray on June 16, 2011 from MVD Rewind Collection.
I’m a sucker for seasonal slashers and horror flicks, and although this isn’t one of the best, it’s still curiously attractive.
The soul of a serial murderer is transferred to snow, transforming him into a murderous snowman!
On his way to be executed, renowned serial murderer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) receives a fortuitous escape when his transport van collides with a truck carrying a mysterious, experimental chemical concoction on a snowy Christmas road. Jack’s body dissolves in the goo, but his energy and spirit transfer to the snow, turning him into a huge, mobile snowman! The officer who initially detained Jack is alerted in a neighboring town (Big Bear, California) that his greatest dread has come true: Jack Frost has vanished and may be on his way to town to exact his vengeance! The scientists who produced the toxic scientific slop now scrambling to get a foothold in what seems to be a string of unexplained slaughters with no leads, and the authorities are unable to stop it: There’s a ruthless snowman on the loose! Witnesses to some of the murders stutter and have trouble expressing what they saw, but there is no denying that Jack Frost has assumed a weird, impossible new shape and cannot be stopped (although hair dryers work for a while). When a child discovers that antifreeze dissolves Jack’s form, the town plots to capture the serial killer snowman and give it the ultimate bath… in antifreeze!
As ridiculous as its concept suggests, Jack Frost delivers a few laughs and at least one or two notable scenes (a strange snowman rape of a lady in a bathtub raises eyebrows), making it a cult classic, but I never took it seriously. The visual effects are blatantly cheesy (the snowman costume looks like a foam suit, not ice), but I believe that’s part of the film’s asymmetrical appeal. MacDonald does a good job as the villain, and a cameo by Shannon Elizabeth, who was in American Pie before, helps (she plays the rape victim). I’m a sucker for seasonal slashers and horror flicks, and although this isn’t one of the best, it’s still curiously attractive. Michael Cooney is the writer and director of this film.
Jack Frost and Jack Frost 2 have recently been published on Blu-ray in fully filled versions by MVD Rewind Collection. In a restored 2K transfer, the image quality is fairly good, and there are lots of added features.
- High Definition (1080p) 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation of the main feature, scanned and restored in 2K in 2016 from 35mm vault components
- DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
- English Subtitles are available as an option.
- Director Michael Cooney gives his introduction (:37 HD)
- Director Michael Cooney provides an audio commentary.
- NEW! Tony Piluso, Newt Wallen, and Crystal Quin of ‘Hack the Movies’ provide audio commentary.
- Part 1 of Dominic Mancini’s interview with Scott MacDonald for Empire Promotions is now available! (42:09, HD)
- Actor Scott MacDonald is interviewed (16:01 HD)
- Dean Lent, Director of Photography, is interviewed (6:01, HD)
- Theatrical Trailer (Original)
- Original and newly commissioned artwork by Al Hdz / Brutal Child on reversible cover art
- Mini-Poster with Collectible Value
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