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Jack-O (1995)

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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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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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:

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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The scenes at Sean Kelly's home were shot at director Steve Latshaw's house. 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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a movie about Wacko Jacko would have been scarier; this is lame
23 April 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Ugh. Pretty awful.

Linnea Quigley gets top billing, but her character doesn't have a big part. Who is her character supposed to be anyway, the little boy's aunt? Another user commented on her getting nude in a shower scene. While there was a shower scene in the movie, it was a head and shoulders shot. Perhaps there are some alternate versions of this movie.

Quigley does have a bigger part than John Carradine, Cameron Mitchell, and Brinke Stevens, though. Carradine shows up briefly in a monkish robe reciting vague dialog. No other characters are in the scene with him, though he's sort of composited in, or else there are over-the-shoulder shots unquestionably belonging to someone else. There's also a really bad photo of him in a cameo locket (it looks like a bad photocopy), and a decent picture of him in a family bible. He conjured up Jack-O originally, or something like that.

Cameron Mitchell briefly shows up on a TV as a TV horror host. Brinke Stevens is in the movie he's showing "The Coven," in which she runs around a cemetery in a robe. Evidently there's more of the Brinke footage as a bonus feature on the Retromedia DVD double feature Mark of the Witch/The Brides Wore Blood.

Jack-O: what's it about? Darn if I know. A little boy is told a story about a pumpkin-headed demon killer, and he and some other kids are scared by a woman they think is a witch for some reason. She follows him home and offers to help his family with their haunted garage for Halloween (put your hand through a hole and feel eyeballs that are actually grapes, etc.). The pumpkin-headed killer shows up several times to hold onto branches while he watches people, or hold his scythe in front of the camera and pose with it for a while. Sometimes he manages to do more than just stand around holding things, and actually kills people.

There are also some flashbacks to a western or prairie family, with the little boy playing the little boy in that family too: ancestors of his, I think. I think they figure into Jack-O's backstory, but I'm not sure how.

The little boy is ostensibly the main character, but we don't really learn anything about him except that he wears glasses, has nightmares, and will fight bullies even if he'll get beat up in the process. More time should have been spent establishing his character. I couldn't have cared less if he died.

Not recommended, not even for Halloween.


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