Jack Frost has been made on a low budget. The film has been conceived as variant on A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) or Childs Play (1988) and their various sequels with the snowman as a badass villain who despatches victims while delivering campy one-liners. Or maybe an Elm Street/Childs Play sequel combined with Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) and its parade of Christmas-themed novelty deaths. Thus we get one victim strangled with Christmas tree lights, anothers head bashed into a box of Christmas tree ornaments, the snowman firing icicles as bullets and so on.
It becomes entertainingly absurd. About the point that we get the wonderfully nonsensical image of the snowman driving away in a cop car, we realize that the film is not taking itself too seriously. It becomes increasingly more tongue-in-cheek the snowman emerges out of the water as a female victim takes a bath and ends up humping her against the wall; after being hacked apart, the snowman recombines with limbs askew and announces: Im a Picasso. This is blended in with a number of amusingly grotesque effects sequences one victim projectile vomits the snowman out of his mouth, or the snowman running around with its head half-melted by anti-freeze to reveal a pulsating brain. On the minus side, everything is crude directorially. The low budget does show through and director Michael Cooney fails to display much in the way of style.
The end credits feature what look like quotes from various crewmembers interspersed throughout and even has a credit for the person that told the worst joke. One cool part about Jack Frost is the hologram video box-cover where the face of the snowman gets nastier depending on which angle one looks at it from.
Director Michael Cooney made a sequel Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000). Michael Cooney has not directed any other films to date but he did go on to write the mainstream slasher/psycho-thriller Identity (2003), the time-travel reality bender I Inside (2003) and the split personality/soul transference thriller Shelter/6 Souls (2010).
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