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.
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