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
|Editing by||Terry Kelley|
|Distributed by||Simitar Entertainment|
|Release dates||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 the truck is serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), who eluded police for five years and left a trail of thirty-eight bodies across five states before finally being arrested, by the sheriff of the same town the truck had just entered. Frost is scheduled to be executed at midnight that night. However, due to the snowy weather, a tanker containing genetic material that is driving the other direction collides with the prison truck, freeing Jack. As he tries to make his escape, the burning truck breaks the compression tester on the tanker, and 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 against the sheriff, his family, and the whole town. The sheriff's fears soon prove to be founded when Old Man Harper is found murdered, his head forced back as if by a giant mitten. Soon afterwards, a local bully named Billy (Nathan Hague) and his ski patrol gang is also killed by getting his head decapitated by a sled after he "fell" into its path. According to the sheriff's son, Ryan, the snowman pushed the boy in the way. Billy's parents are murdered, Jake (Jack Lindine) having an axe shoved down his throat and Sally (Kelly Jean Peters) being strung up like a Christmas tree. Paul Davrow, the sheriff's friend, witnesses the murders, but no one believes him. Sheriff Tiler has his deputies lock him up in a jail cell.
Hearing of the murders, Agents Manners (Stephen Mendel) and Stone (Rob LaBelle) arrive in Snowmonton, claiming to be from the FBI. At the behest of the agents, Sheriff Tiler puts the town on 24 hour curfew and sends his officers out to gather all the townspeople. However, one of the officers (Brian Leckner) is killed when Jack Frost melts down and refreezes within his police cruiser, running the officer over. 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 stabs the boyfriend in the forehead with an icicle and then rapes Jill in the bath before crushing her against a wall.
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 Frost 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. In the movie's conclusion, 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.