JACK FROST (1997) Reviews and overview

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Jack Frost is a 1997 American comedy horror feature film written and directed by Michael Cooney. The movie stars Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel and F. William Parker.

The film spawned a sequel in 2000, Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman.


On the week before Christmas, in the fictional town of Snowmonton, a truck carrying serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) to his execution crashes into a genetics truck. The genetic material causes Jack’s body to mutate and fuse together with the snow on the ground.

Jack is presumed dead and his body melts away. However, he comes back as a killer snowman and takes revenge on the man who finally caught him, Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport).


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Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
Commentary track with Director Michael Cooney
Video introduction from Director Michael Cooney
Video interview with Lead Actor Scott MacDonald
Video interview with Director of Photography Dean Lent
5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound
Cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
Reversible cover art
English SHD Subtitles


“Jack Frost isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a fun piece of 90-minute fluff that will put a smile on your face. It’s a very entertaining B-movie if you happen to go in with low expectations and get the joke. A definitely guilty pleasure and worthy of an annual viewing during the Christmas season.” Full Moon Reviews

” …this film knows that there is no gravitas to be found in a man transforming into a sentient bundle of ice, and leans hard into the terribleness, with ridiculously low, low, low budget effects, sub-soap level acting and nonsensical plot.” Gizmodo

“The combination of brutal violence and yukity-yuk one liners isn’t something that will necessarily appeal to everybody, but if you’re on the right wavelength, it’s a pretty wild sleigh ride.” Mondo Digital

“It’s admittedly one dumb joke stretched out over the course of a movie, but at least it’s got a lot of good punch lines in the form of some over-the-top kill sequences, which are almost always accompanied by some hideous one-liners (and Scott MacDonald’s gravely delivery makes Frost sound like a low-rent Charles Lee Ray).” Oh, the Horror!


“The plot devices are sudden and convenient, and the special effects succeed through jarring close-ups, camera angles, and clever use of foam. I’m not saying there isn’t a little bit of pain for the viewer: the acting isn’t good, and the characters are mostly flat, but just about the time you begin rethinking this movie’s innate greatness, there comes another death scene, which will be a strange, wrong, hilarious thing.” Polyphobia Horror Film Reviews

“This is, for all intents and purposes, a dark comedy. But it works. Those expecting realism need not apply but if you can appreciate the novelty of a foul-mouthed snowman f*cking shit up in a small, picturesque town then the odds are pretty good that you’ll get a kick out of Jack Frost.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“There is some humor, but plenty of terrible one-liners and swing-and-miss attempts. It has some decent violence, but is hindered by a hilariously terrible snowman costume and awful effects. Is the movie good? No. Is it fun to watch. Sort of.” 365 Days of Horror Movies


“The special effects are well anything but special, Styrofoam circles of differing sizes make for our Jack, and no attempt is made to make him look any better on the screen. Yet Jack Frost is a strangely captivating film, this is a horror for the south park generation, elaborate over the top kills and plenty of laughs along the way.” UK Horror Scene


“When Jack starts shooting icicle daggers from his body to gleefully kill, I found it difficult to keep watching. Cooney loses his street-cred completely at this point, making Jack Frost a movie for people interested in novelty killings more than coherent story-telling or characterizations.” Zombos Closet of Horror


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Cast and characters:

Christopher Allport … Sam Tiler – Savage Weekend
Stephen Mendel … Agent Manners
F. William Parker … Paul Davrow
Eileen Seeley … Anne Tiler
Rob LaBelle … Agent Stone
Zack Eginton…Ryan Tiler
Jack Lindine…Jake Metzner
Kelly Jean Peters…Sally Metzner
Marsha Clark…Marla
Shannon Elizabeth…Jill Metzner
Chip Heller…Deputy Joe Foster
Brian Leckner…Deputy Chris Pullman
Darren O. Campbell … Tommy Davrow
Paul Keith … Doc Peters
Charles C. Stevenson Jr … Father Branagh
Nathan Hague … Billy Metzner
Scott MacDonald … Jack Frost

Filming locations:

Fawn Lodge in Fawnskin, California, on the northwest shore of Big Bear Lake.