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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:

Brad Linaweaver (story), Patrick Moran | 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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He's Baaack! See more »

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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:

Jacko See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was shot on weekends. 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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Unintentional Gold
13 September 2004 | by VolstagSee all my reviews

My buddies and I spent the majority of a Saturday afternoon watching a selection of "bad" movies. Among the flicks we watched, the strongest contender (for quality bad-movie fare) was easily Jack-O. It's ludicrous that movies such as "Gigli", "Glitter" and "You Got Served" are listed in IMDBs bottom 100. While they're certainly bad movies, they don't belong in the bottom 100. They're robbing "Jack-O", and "Keeper of Time", etc, of the Bad Movie Greatness they so richly deserve.

So what makes Jack-O so great (in bad movie terms)? For starters, Steve Latshaw, the director, decided to cast his son, Ryan Latshaw, in the role of Sean Kelly. Unfortunately for Steve, Ryan Latshaw was dangerously close to being out-acted by a block of wood. The kid, seriously, has no ability to emote whatsoever. The end result: unintentional comic gold. The kid could be listening to a joke, or just moments away from getting his head smashed asunder, and his expression is one of stony "emotionlessness".

The other aspect of the movie that we found awesome was the sheer number of "double dreaming" sequences. What is a double-dream? Well, it's when a character wakes up from a nightmare, and then something equally nightmarish happens, and then the character wakes up again. Basically: they wake up after dreaming about waking up from a nightmare. Clever device, no? I believe the character of Sean Kelly experienced no less than 3 double-dreaming sequences.

Let's see... what else? Oh yeah! This movie has a veritable cast of thousands. It's truly stunning to see how many speaking roles are introduced throughout the course of the movie. Best of all: almost none of the characters have anything to do with the story. They're either killed by Jack-O, or they serve no purpose whatsoever.

Jack-O himself was pretty sweet. Like most other B-movie monsters, Jack-O has the amazing ability to, seemingly, teleport over great distances. He's invariably hanging-out, somewhere in the background, whenever you're dealing with a major character. What's puzzling, however, is that when he's actually chasing someone he moves at a shambling/stumbling speed, and yet he's able to keep up with people who are sprinting.

That's all for now. Closing remarks: if you're looking for a unintentionally hilarious bad movie, you can't go wrong by renting this beast.

Bad Movie Score: 7/10 Good Movie Score: 3.5/10


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