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Jack-O (1995)

R | | Horror | 10 October 1995 (USA)
A long long time ago a wizard was put to death, but he swore vengeance on the townsfolk that did him in, particularly Arthur Kelly's family. Arthur had done the final graces on him when he ... See full summary »

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Steve Latshaw

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Patrick Moran (screenplay by), Fred Olen Ray (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linnea Quigley ... Carolyn Miller
Maddisen K. Krown ... Linda Kelly (as Rebecca Wicks)
Gary Doles Gary Doles ... David Kelly
Ryan Latshaw Ryan Latshaw ... Sean / David Kelly
Catherine Walsh Catherine Walsh ... Vivian Machen
Rachel Carter ... Julie Miller
Tom Ferda ... Jim
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Richard Watson
Helen Keeling Helen Keeling ... Amanda Watson
Thor Schweigerath Thor Schweigerath ... Robbie
Christina Connell Christina Connell ... Sarah
Kelly Lacy Kelly Lacy ... Shannon
George Castells George Castells ... Brent
Bernie Fidello Bernie Fidello ... Simms
Michael Walsh Michael Walsh ... Paul
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Storyline

A long long time ago a wizard was put to death, but he swore vengeance on the townsfolk that did him in, particularly Arthur Kelly's family. Arthur had done the final graces on him when he came back to life as Mr. Jack the Pumpkin Man. The Kellys proliferated through the years, and when some devil-may-care teens accidentally unleash Jack-O, young Sean Kelly must stop him somehow as his suburban world is accosted and the attrition rate climbs. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for horror violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero-O See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ross Hagen did the voiceover for the trailer. See more »

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Rush Gingbaw: [on television] Love your neighbors. Oh, sure, love your neighbors. If they're real Americans.
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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It's harvest time!
25 March 2005 | by Lady-of-RohanSee all my reviews

Am I being sacrilegious for watching such an awful movie on Easter weekend? This weekend is used to reflect and celebrate the joys of our lives with the spirit of rebirth. And believe me, this movie couldn't have killed that spirit more.

To save you from being bored silly with the plot, let's just go straight to the check list:

-Awful plot. Check! The story layout appeals to a Friday night flick fan but has about as much emotional depth as dinner theatre. The film is disastrously long and dull. About 30% of the film is designated to Sean Kelly's dream sequences (don't ask), 25% to introducing people who have no effect on the plot, 15% to Sean's dad's haunted mansion, 10% to trick-or-treating with kids no one knows who the heck they are, another 10% to some moron, his girlfriend, and his Harley, and a remaining grand total of 5% to Jack-o. The remaining 5% is reserved for shots of nudity, storm clouds, and people talking about food.

-Totally non-frightening antagonist. Check! I've screamed more in an episode of Murphy Brown than this. Jack-o himself is about as lame as a duck with one leg in front of a pack of hungry wolves. He kills a few but there are absolutely no tense and heart racing chase sequences, no real climax. His overall presence lacks fright and bite, something that Freddy Krueger in "Elm Street", Jason Vorhees in "Friday the 13th", and Ben Affleck in "Gigli" all achieved.

-Awful F/X. Check! Normally in a standard slasher flick, a victim to the creature's blade will be shown being gutted in all it's bloody, disgusting glory. But of course we don't see this happen. That would require effort, something the crew of this film wern't ready to commit. However, they were generous enough to buy fire crackers and glue them to a crucifix and set it alight. Somebody call the KKK. This self-lighting cross idea could really takeoff.

-Awful acting. Check! The boy who plays Sean Kelly is horrendous. At times, it seems like the director slipped him a sleeping pill just before shooting. This kid just mumbles out his lines with no care in the world. The director obviously could not give a damn whether the boy's acting was up to any kind of par. Ironically, the young actor is the directors son! That's nepotism is it's purest form, folks!

-Obligatory shower girl. Check! I think no further comment is necessary.

-Various other scenes of obligatory nudity. Check! (see above)

All in all, Jack-o deserves a few points for making such a disaster and fooling some poor film company into distributing it. Other than that, this film deserves to be dead and buried, much like Jack-o himself.


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