Jack Frost (1997) – MVD Rewind Collection Blu-ray Review

Jack Frost definitely has that video right, the 90s stank on it, but it’s all the more fun because of it. It’s clearly done at a lower cost. You’ll quickly notice that the fake snow spreads into a warmer, out-of-season setting. (Hey, John Carpenter did Halloween work by planting fake leaves around Haddonfield, aka Pasadena, Calif.) But director Michael Cooney figuratively covers our ears from noticing the budget-light pocket jingles by intimately centering the frame and focusing on the characters’ reactions to the instead of money shots. It’s like watching Larry Cohen (It’s alive) at work, running and shooting.

“Don’t eat yellow snow.”

As for the plot, expect something quite similar to the story of the original Child’s play, but with more of the wry attitude of the sequels. Like Chucky, good old Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) was a human before taking the form of something that usually brings joy. Jack happens to be a prolific psychopathic killer, who, in a stroke of bad luck, finds himself captured by Sam Tyler (a formidable Christopher Allport from To live and die in Los Angeles fame), the sheriff of a rustic area known as (*wink*wink*) Snowmonton County. After Jack is found guilty and sentenced to death, he swears revenge by killing the sheriff, his family, and all the other poor souls of Snowmonton. That’s when fate turns in Jack’s favor, but not in the way he expected.

On a snowy December night, a state execution transfer vehicle carrying Jack collides with a genetic research tanker. (You know, that classic accident.) Jack is doused in an acidic solution that painfully dissolves him in the snow. But like a Spider-Man villain, the mysterious chemical alters his DNA to become a snowman? One that can change from liquid to solid at will. So if you spot a snowman in town with a smirk and it gives you the chills, go ahead and plan a nap.

“Looks like Deep Fried Jack is off the menu tonight, huh?”

Cooney’s film is humorously clever amidst all of its silly shenanigans. It’s got everything you’d expect from a killer snowman movie, but you’ll be tickled by Jack’s Freddy Krueger-esque one-liners. Also look for a comedic sex scene involving two teenagers (one of whom is played by a young Shannon Elizabeth) getting naked. However, it takes them several minutes to remove all their layers because it is so cold outside.

And it’s Jack Frost in a word. He never takes himself too seriously. He knows exactly what it is. He doesn’t dive too far into his madness where he gets too desperate for your laughs. (You know those annoying guys?) It’s a solidly built snowman massacre. You may just need to slip a little rum into your eggnog to increase your pleasure.

“Looks like Christmas came a little earlier this year.”

Vital Disc Stats: Blu-ray

Jack Frost slips onto Blu-ray from the MVD Rewind Collection, a release line that features cult movies and forgotten gems. In keeping with the consistency of the other 34 titles in the Rewind collection, this chillin’-and-killin’ movie is housed in a hard plastic case with a cardboard sleeve, resembling Media Home Entertainment’s VHS aesthetic.
Frame-worthy cover art is an original design by illustrator Alí Hdz/Brutal Child. It features Jack Frost wielding a bloodied knife against a snowy backdrop. It also has an animated style that captures the spirit of classic holiday cartoons. And speaking of frame-worthy art, inside the Blu-ray case is a folded mini-poster. The Blu-ray case includes reversible artwork, including the new design (like the cover) and the more standard artwork (a simple image of a smiling Jack Frost in red and blue tones). Unfortunately, no digital code or DVD is included. But you’ll find a nice nostalgic touch to the disc itself resembling a VHS tape.

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