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Jack Frost: Collector’s Edition

With what has to go down as one of the worst death scenes in horror history, Jack Frost is back to bang Shannon Elizabeth against a shower wall . . . until she dies.  

That’s right, folks, the original straight-to-video release of Jack Frost has been granted an extended life!  With more schlock than shock, this earnest slasher is truly a gift to manunkind.  Wait.  Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of this one, fellow freaks.  No, it does NOT star Michael Keaton as a harmonica-blowing blues musician resurrected as a snowman in order to bring joy and comfort to his family.  This Jack Frost, arriving a year before THAT other similarly titled holiday film, is about a revenge-seeking snowman, possessed by a serial killer, on an endless hunt for blood.  He hugs with daggers, smiles with sharp spiky ice-teeth, and likes to decapitate carolers.  

"With more schlock than shock, this earnest slasher is truly a gift to manunkind"


I highly recommend you crack open the eggnog, pour the rum and bourbon freely, and kick back while watching the on-screen slaughter of this pissed off snowman.  He’s unyielding in his attacks and, as he can blow himself through cracks in doors in a spray of white powdery snow, seemingly unstoppable.  He’s also pretty damn funny, wise cracking himself through one kill after the next.

Written and directed by Michael Cooney and featuring the talents of Eileen Seeley and Rob LaBelle, this low budget horror-comedy was indeed a labor of love for all parties involved.  Honestly, you can feel that joy radiating out from the screen.  This was obviously made by people who love what they are doing.  From the very beginning – in which we see two drivers sharing the same window on a snowbound night as they drive the notorious Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), a death row inmate, to his place of execution – we know that nothing about Cooney’s movie needs to be taken seriously and it wallows in that fact ceaselessly.

The two goofs behind the wheel of the prisoner transport wind up crashing into a genetics truck and, as Frost makes his escape from the wreckage, he is hilariously melted into a warm puddle of goo by some slimy ooze spraying out from the back of the overturned truck.  Screaming all the way down to the ground, his particles mix with the freshly fallen snow and – Ta Da! – he is suddenly transformed into a carrot-nosed, scarf-wearing snowman.  Ah, the magic of yellow snow. Jack Frost: Collector’s Edition

Quick to revisit the town responsible for his capture and, hopefully, kill Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport), Jack Frost hoppity hop hops his way to Snowmontown.  Stopping him is going to take the entire town because, on this snowy night, Hell itself can’t melt this beast.  Frost is on a path of war and his intentions are cold to the touch.  He murders the local bully, attacks and has his way with the bully’s sister (Shannon Elizabeth from American Pie fame) while she’s in the shower, and torments everyone else in his way. 

The script, while sounding pretty vicious, is all bark.  It’s quite silly, in fact, which tends to turn some gorehounds off from fully embracing it.  That; however, hasn’t stopped the movie from amassing a fairly sizable cult following.  You can’t be this ludicrous and remain unknown for too long and, seeing as how it had its own direct-to-video sequel three years after it debuted (which is also being handled on blu-ray by MVD Rewind) , there is quite the demand for its resurrection over the years.

With the murderous Jack Frost back on shelves after the holiday season, it seems that Hell has indeed frozen over!

3/5 beers

 Jack Frost: Collector’s Edition

 

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: MVD Visual
Available on Blu-ray
- December 28. 2021
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English: LPCM 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

He's got ice in his veins and he's giving cold-blooded a whole new meaning... his name is JACK FROST. After five years of terror and 38 bodies in five states, serial killer Jack is on his way to execution. But a freak accident with a truckload of genetic material in the middle of a snowstorm mutates Jack into a killer snowman. Now only an army can stop the slayride of terror from this frosty monster with icicle fangs. Hell has just frozen over... he's the abominable Jack Frost.

Video:

Jack Frost on blu-ray is something fans had long-thought impossible.  Their work on the picture and the print is to be commended.  Presented in its intended aspect ratio of 1.85, it is the punched-up color you will notice first.  The reds are delicious, and the greens are fertile.  The powdery white flakes of snow are divine.  From clear pools of water as Frost leaves his calling card to the glint of silver in the holly and trim, the transfer has the film loaded with details and fresh-looking life.  And then there’s Shannon Elizabeth dripping wet in stunning HD.  Need I say more, Freaks and Geeks?

Audio:

The sound is presented in a strong DTS HD MA 5.1 track.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There are two on this Collector’s Edition.  See below for the details.

Special Features:

It’s a pretty good Collector’s Edition release from MVD.  Fans get an introduction by the movie’s director, and new interviews galore!

  • Introduction with Director Michael Cooney (:37 HD)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Michael Cooney
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Tony Piluso, Newt Wallen and Crystal Quinn
  • NEW! Full Empire Promotions: Dominic Mancini Interview with Scott MacDonald: Part 1 (42:09, HD)
  • Interview with Actor Scott MacDonald (16:01 HD)
  • Interview with Director of Photography Dean Lent (6:01, HD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover Art Featuring Original and Newly Commissioned artwork by Alí Hdz / Brutal Child
  • Collectible Mini-Poster

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

3.5/5 stars


Film Details

Jack Frost: Collector’s Edition

MPAA Rating: R for violence and gore, language and some brief sexuality.
Runtime:
89 mins
Director
: Michael Cooney
Writer:
Michael Cooney
Cast:
Scott MacDonald; Christopher Allport; Stephen Mendel
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
He's chillin...and killin.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Oatmeal is making him burn. Wait. What did you put in those oats?"
Distributor:
Image Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
1997
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 28, 2021.
Synopsis: After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed

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