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Jackals (2017)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 28 December 2017 (Kuwait)
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Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.


Kevin Greutert


Jared Rivet



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Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kara Unger ... Kathy Powell
Ben Sullivan ... Justin Powell
Chelsea Ricketts ... Samantha
Nick Roux ... Campbell Powell
Johnathon Schaech ... Andrew Powell
Stephen Dorff ... Jimmy Levine
Alex Kingi Alex Kingi ... Mateo
Carol Abney ... Mariana
Alex Castillo ... Eloy
Rxchie Rxchie ... Jackal Cult Member
Cassie Hernandez ... Luisa
Alyssa Julya Smith ... Fox Girl
Jason Scott Jenkins ... Lead Cultist (as Jason Jenkins)


Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.

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A Manson Family Nightmare
23 November 2017 | by vacantskies00See all my reviews

Imagine your child has decided to identify with a cult. Not just any hippy, love is the answer, group of petal pushers. This one is calculated, large in numbers, and not prone to losing members.

The history of Jackals screenplay was written early in the torture porn industry created by Saw, Hostel, and Wolf Creek. Years later, the script was finally realized, ironically, by Saw editor and director Kevin Greutart. Let the games begin.

First of all, the Halloween influenced opening is solid and grabs you from the get go. Silent, yet violent and revealing. Soon after, an off-road kidnapping takes place; all the while mirroring a small family unit taking solace in a cabin.

Colliding head on, the plot takes shape. The kidnapping is that of said families estranged son/boyfriend/brother in an attempt to deprogram him from the cult he fell in to. Credit to Stephen Dorff as the military deprogrammer, getting lean and mean while still staying sympathetic to the family.

Soon, as expected, the cult come knocking at the door; wanting a sheep from their flock back home. Enter the home invasion aspect of the film. Outside, the cult wants their member back. Inside, the family refuses to give up their own.

Had this film been made when it was meant to be, it would have been released theatrically along side Saw IV and Hostel 2. Jackals does feel a bit dated, however, there is a lot of heart injected into each of the characters. Good and bad. So much so, that a sequel wouldn't be out of line. It's rare to find a DTV film that asks you: How far will you go to save a member of your family; even if it costs you the remainder of the rest of them.

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