Jack Frost (1997 film)
- For the 1998 comedy starring Michael Keaton, see Jack Frost (1998 film).
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|Directed by||Michael Cooney|
|Produced by||Jeremy Paige
|Written by||Michael Cooney
F. William Parker
Kelly Jean Peters
|Music by||Chris Anderson
|Edited by||Terry Kelley|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures Distribution|
|Release date(s)||November 18, 1997|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Jack Frost is an American horror comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and released in 1997. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where (on the week before Christmas) a truck carrying serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) to his execution crashes into a genetics truck. The genetic material causes Jack's body to mutate and fuse together with the snow on the ground. Jack is presumed dead and his body melts away. However, he comes back as a killer snowman and takes revenge on the man who finally caught him, Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport). The film has since become a cult classic.
On a snowy December night, a state execution transfer vehicle crosses into the quiet backwater town of Snowmonton. Inside is serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), who eluded police for years and left a trail of thirty-eight bodies across five states before finally being arrested, by the sheriff of Snowmonton. Frost is scheduled to be executed at midnight but due to the weather, a tanker containing genetic material collides with the prison truck, freeing Jack. As he tries to escape, the acid contained within the tanker breaks free, melting Jack's skin and skeleton. Shortly after his death, Jack's remains are fused with the snow.
Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport) is still haunted by his memories of Jack Frost. Despite news reports of Jack's demise, Sam cannot forget Jack's threats of vengeance. The sheriff's fears soon prove to be founded when Old Man Harper is found murdered. Soon afterwards, a local bully named Billy (Nathan Hague) and his ski patrol gang are also killed. According to the sheriff's son, Ryan, a snowman caused the deaths. Billy's parents Jake (Jack Lindine) and Sally (Kelly Jean Peters) are then murdered. Paul Davrow, the sheriff's friend, witnesses the murders, but no one believes him. Sheriff Tiler has his deputies lock him up.
FBI Agents Manners (Stephen Mendel) and Stone (Rob LaBelle) arrive in Snowmonton and convince Sheriff Tiler to put the town on 24 hour curfew, sending his officers out to gather all the townspeople. One of the officers (Brian Leckner) is killed when Jack Frost runs the officer over with a police cruiser. Jill (Billy's older sister) and her boyfriend sneak into the sheriff's home to steal his wine and have sex as payback for her brother's death, but Jack kills them both.
Jack Frost returns with the police cruiser to the station, finally confronting Sam. Agent Stone reveals himself to be a representative of the genetic research company that created the acid and reveals that the snowman is a mutated Jack Frost. He also reveals that the human soul exists as a chemical and that the acid was going to be used to contain DNA in case of a nuclear holocaust. They attempt to destroy Jack by blowing him up by releasing aerosol cans in the police station and firing a bullet at him, but to no avail. They then use blowdryers to drive Jack into a furnace, which evaporates the snowman. Unfortunately, Jack condenses, killing Agent Stone and wounding Agent Manners. Jack traps Sheriff Tiler and his son, Ryan (Zack Eginton) within his car, but the sheriff escapes by inadvertently throwing the oatmeal his son made him at Jack, burning the snowman's head. His son, not wanting his father to be cold, put antifreeze in the oatmeal, believing it could help keep the oatmeal from getting cold.
Sheriff Tiler tells his friend, Paul Davrow (F. William Parker) to fill the bed of his truck with antifreeze. Jack chases Sam through the halls of a church and finally catches him, driving an icicle into his chest and almost killing him. The truck full of antifreeze arrives just in time, however, and Jack and Sam crash through a window and into the truck's bed. Jack Frost melts in the antifreeze, and afterwards, the antifreeze is poured back into the containers, and then buried deep under the ground of Snowmonton. Tiler's wife Anne (Eileen Seeley), realizes that the state police are on their way. When Paul asks Tiler what they are going to tell them, Tiler says, "we'll tell them that it's too late". However, one of the containers is shown to be bubbling, suggesting that Jack is contained as a liquid, and is still alive.
- Scott MacDonald...Jack Frost
- Christopher Allport...Sam Tiler (as Chris Allport)
- Stephen Mendel...Agent Manners
- F. William Parker...Paul Davrow
- Eileen Seeley...Anne Tiler
- Rob LaBelle...Agent Stone
- Zack Eginton...Ryan Tiler
- Jack Lindine...Jake Metzner
- Kelly Jean Peters...Sally Metzner
- Marsha Clark...Marla
- Chip Heller...Deputy Joe Foster
- Brian Leckner...Deputy Chris Pullman
- Darren O. Campbell...Tommy Davrow
- Shannon Elizabeth...Jill Metzner (as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal)
- Paul Keith...Doc Peters
- Charles C. Stevenson Jr...Father Branagh
- Nathan Hague...Billy Metzner
For cult followers, the Fawn Lodge is still located in Fawnskin, California on the north west shore of Big Bear Lake. A simple Google map search of Fawnskin, CA taking a street view will provide you with a familiar sight from the movie.
The film was panned by critics, it has an 8% rating out of thirteen reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. The film has since attracted a cult following thanks to its low-budget special effects, a fake looking snowman, comical death sequences, poor acting, silly plot, and the fact that an unrelated family film of the same name was released within one year of it, also featuring the concept of a living snowman. The film is commonly regarded as so-bad-it's-good. The concept of rape by a carrot-wielding snowman has become a classic scene in the film. In addition, the film is also known for being the first movie featuring actress Shannon Elizabeth (credited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal), who plays a minor role in the movie. It has also become quite a popular 'mock' on I-Mockery.
Four years later, the film would spawn a sequel, Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman.