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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Review : Jack Frost (1997)

Jack Frost, directed by Michael Cooney and released direct-to-video in 1997 is not to be confused with the family movie of the same name which came out the following year. This must have been the cause of funny situations and unintentional first horror experiences for some 90´s kids !

Jack Frost is a serial killer whose killing spree was put to and end by a small town sheriff. On the night of his execution, an accident involving the police van and a truck full of chemicals results in the death of Jack Frost…and his mutation into a snowman. He sees this as an opportunity to wreak havoc and get revenge on the sheriff.

Does the synopsis sound stupid ? Well, it’s even sillier than you imagine ! Fortunately, the film doesn’t take itself seriously and one wonders if the mediocrity of the final product was intentional. Jack Frost is a very poorly made film but it is at least entertaining. This was my second viewing and, to my surprise, I enjoyed it more than the first time I watched the film last year. However, there will always be one detail that disappoints me greatly : the film cover looks amazing, the creature featured on it looks great. Unfortunately, Jack Frost looks nothing like what the cover promises. Of course, B-movie covers always look better than what you end up getting but in this case, it is too different not to be mentioned.

So, let’s focus a bit on Jack Frost himself, who is actually the worst aspect of the film. The costume looks horrendous, from the material used to its animation. There are a few scenes where you can actually see the man underneath the suit (how could they have missed that during editing shows either the low skills or lack of interest involved). But what is even worse is that Jack Frost doesn’t look remotely scary and the limitation of his movements makes you wonder why the characters are having a difficult time defeating the snowman.

The acting is, as expected, quite mediocre. The film is a festival of one-punch lines and attempted jokes and the bad acting actually adds to the comedy. Most of the jokes are bad and not very funny which is guaranteed to make you laugh so…I guess it all works out ! There is however one aspect that I really enjoyed : the kills. While most are shown off-camera (probably for lack of budget) and others have poor effects, there is at least a real effort to make them fun and original. Jack uses a good variety of weapons from axes to Christmas lights (the latter resulting in the best kill of the movie).

Jack Frost suffers from bad writing, bad acting, bad effects and yet, its entertainment value is through the roof ! This is the kind of bad film which will make you laugh so much, you will end up liking it for its mediocrity.