Monday, April 26, 2010

Jack O (1995)

A family's curse brings back the spirit of Jack O, The Pumpkin Man, who returns to drag more souls back with him to hell. The producing credit for Fred Olen Ray should be a clear indicator of what fans can expect in the scenes to follow. JACK O is the poor man's PUMPKINHEAD, and a literal one at that, considering the character's name and the jack-o-lantern that adorns his head. It is hard to tell which of the performances were intentionally terrible and which were just terrible, but in either case, the acting in the picture is remarkably bad and played entirely straight. JACK O somehow manages cameos from genre greats Cameron Mitchell, John Carradine, and Linnea Quigley, each of whom are given throwaway roles for what little money they must have been paid. Even with his cheap latex mask and scarecrow costume, Jack O's silent, jagged grimace is sufficiently creepy when contrasted against the choking smoke from the fog machines. Though it poses some of the lamest low-budget FX, there are a few bloody gags to satiate the hardcore gore fan. JACK O is just another tiresome, derivative Slasher with all of the makings of a bad B-movie.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Number of views: 1.

If you liked JACK O, check out:
JACK FROST, HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS, DARKWALKER.



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8 comments:

  1. I reviewed this for Paracinema sometime around Halloween and I loved it! It's totally awful, but there are some hysterical moments strewn throughout. I do believe this film was made on a dare or something, which could explain a lot about the movie!

    Paracinema...The Blog: Jack-O

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  2. You know that was such a stinker, I never made it through, but I have to say I'm hoping and crossing my fingers that some day someone can do this theme well and truly chilling.

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  3. I have had this in my Netflix queue for a long time, and keep putting it off. This review doesn't make me want to rush over and fire it up.

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  4. The extreme B-movie crowd will definitely get a kick out of it, but I found myself checking the clock every couple of minutes. It was all just so absurd, Jack-O just wanders around as unsteathfully as possible when chasing the teens, I should have saved this one for another drunken review Matt =D

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  5. A TRUE CHEESY AWFUL FLICK THAT I JUST LOVE FOR WHAT IT IS GOD AWFUL BUT SO PERFECT..A TRUE DRIVE-IN B-MOVIE....

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  6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Carradine's cameo just as a picture in a frame? That's all I saw of him in the part I watched anyhow. All I know is that he's in the movie and he died about 8 years before it was made!

    I tried to watch this for October's month of pure horror reviews. It was on Instant Viewing and thank God it was! I lasted about 20 minutes and moved on. I was getting a 'Feeders' vibe from it and that ain't good!

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  7. Hes legitimately in it for about 2m as the sorcerer slash grandpa (?), but it might as well have been a picture

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  8. Well, that's slightly-better than what I thought. I still don't plan on seeing this anytime soon though.

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