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Jack Attack (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy, Horror | 2013 (USA)
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Jack's favorite babysitter Elizabeth introduces him to the art of pumpkin carving on Halloween night. Nothing will ever be the same.
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Tyler Rossell ... Jack
Steve Anderson Jr. ... Elliott
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Without a doubt, among Halloween's traditions, the most exciting by far has got to be the carving of the pumpkin. With this in mind, as this is young Jack's first Jack-o'-lantern, his teenage babysitter, Elizabeth, tries her best to show him the ropes, teaching Jack every little detail in the art of pumpkin-carving. However, what if the plump and silent orange squashes could feel pain? If that is the case, Elizabeth and Jack should be careful. Really, really careful. Written by Nick Riganas

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A Greenwich Village Halloween Tale.

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Brilliant and exhilarating short
21 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

When I was offered the opportunity to review Jack Attack, I met the opportunity with the enthusiasm as I would a trip to the dentist. I had been neglecting my responsibility to screen and potentially review titles that have been sent to me with the zeal and zest of filmmakers around the world. And now my pile of disregard had stacked to behind the level of my knees as they lay upon the basement floor. So it was more of obligation than it was exhilaration that gave Jack Attack my attention.

And then, in the span of the un-encroaching few minutes it took to screen the short, I was re-invigorated with the realization that there are great filmmakers out there churning out above average entertainment that is every bit as good, or better, than mass marketed event films that crowd out multiplexes.

Jack Attack tells what you would expect to be a simple story of young Jack (Tyler Rossell) and babysitter Elizabeth (Helen Rogers) who on Halloween night set out to carve their holiday pumpkin. Elizabeth uses the occasion to teach Jack the art of the carve but when Jack seemingly chokes on the recently toasted pumpkin seeds, Jack Attack takes a path you won't see coming. A path that leads to some great horrific moments of creative gore.

Written and directed by Antonio Padovan and Bryan Norton Jack Attack will undoubtedly become one of those really great horror short films that exponentially grows in recognition through audience appreciation and word of mouth. Beautifully filmed, Jack Attack uses the October setting to perfection and everything from the lighting to the practical and special effects set the bar for which other shorts can be judged.

It's been far too long since I last gushed over a particular project that I had not followed through magazine trades or internet chatter. And Jack Attack proves that there is still quality being crafted in short film formats that are worthy of our championing.

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