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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 »

Director:

Steve Latshaw

Writers:

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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Trivia

The opening scene with Simms talking about Mr. Jack the Pumpkin Man was filmed after principal shooting for the movie had wrapped. 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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Jack-O offers strange enjoyment
24 February 2005 | by Lukeydude-1See all my reviews

I bought Jack-O a number of months ago at a Blockbuster video sale, and at the time I wasn't expecting anything outstanding from it. Upon watching it, I realized I not only got less than I could have ever bargained for, but a whole lot more as well. It seems, strange, I know. And it is. But it's perfectly fitting when you consider that the utter weirdness that is "Jack-O"

The movie follows a young boy named Shawn Kelly. Somehow, thru ancestral ties, he is marked for death at the hands of a demented, scythe wielding Pumpkin man. This pumpkin man was killed by Shawn's Great-grandfather-uncle-cousin-etc, and now that the villain has been resurrected, Shawn's death is apparently crucial to his hell-bred mission of vengeance. Anyway, much "horror" ensues as Jack-O hacks his way thru various neighbors before battling Shawn to the finish.

I'm not so much here to discuss the plot as I am to determine who may find any worth in this movie. I can honestly tell you that Jack-O is one of the most poorly made movies in the history of time. The acting is deadpan (except when it should be), the script is apparently a 1st grade group project, and the production budget must not have exceeded $150. Some of the most laughable death scenes are carried out in this anti-thriller, and they're all the more humorous when you realize director Steve Latshaw actually seems serious in his movie-making.

And yet I heartily enjoyed the film. I can call it a terrible horror movie, yes. But I can also say I had a great time watching it with my friends, and have watched it several times since that fateful first viewing. Many people (including some of my friends) will find this movie intolerable and needlessly time-consuming, and that's understandable. If you're like me and enjoy ridiculously bad horror movies that take themselves seriously, you'll find Jack-O an instant classic, which is also understandable.

That's why it's so hard to rate this movie. If I were rating Jack-O's quality as a film, I wouldn't give it anything. In fact, the studio would owe me stars. Yet if I were rating it's on the basis of pure enjoyment, I'd give it an 8 or a 9. I'll give it a 4, so to be somewhere in the middle. I recommend everyone go out, rent this, and form their own conclusion.


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