Review : Jack Frost 2 : Revenge Of The Mutant Killer Snowman (2000)

Jack Frost 2 : Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman, still directed by Michael Cooney, was released in 2000…not that it was really necessary. In this sequel, Sam (the sheriff from the first film) is still in shock following the previous year’s events (though he seemed fine at the end of the first installment). His wife convinces him to spend their Christmas vacation on a tropical island, arguing that a snowman cannot survive in a hot weather. When a scientific experiment gone wrong resurrects Jack Frost, he decides to finally get his revenge on Sam…while leaving a trail of dead tourists in this path.

If you thought Jack Frost was a terrible film, you would be absolutely right. However, I have some bad news : there is worse and Jack Frost 2 : Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman makes the first film look like a work of art. While the first is at least entertaining, the second has no redeemable qualities and is simply awful.

First, the location doesn’t work. Setting the film on a tropical island simply doesn’t fit with the theme. There is no point to setting the action outside of a snowy environment. The snow looked very bad in the first film but at least there was snow ! Jack Frost’s design has changed but it really just is a different kind of bad. But it doesn’t matter since you don’t see Jack Frost for the entire first half of the film (minus the carrot which makes a few cameos). Jack’s movements were very limited in the first film ; in the sequel, there’s barely any. Jack is reduced to a foam sculpture standing, immobile. While the majority of the effects are practical, there is some CGI…and of course, those effects look extremely bad. Towards the end, the film shamelessly rips off Critters while putting on screen more horrendous effects (if you can really refer to balls of foam as an effect).

This unnecessary sequel takes stupidity to a whole new level. I didn’t think it was possible but the acting is even more dreadful this time around. I do not have much to write about Jack Frost 2 : Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman other than suggesting not to waste 90 minutes of your time watching this.

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