The Jack in the Box – UK, 2019 – with first reviews

‘Once you open the box, you can’t escape it.’

The Jack in the Box is a 2019 British supernatural horror feature film about a cursed creepy clown doll.

Written and directed by Lawrence Fowler (Curse of the Witch’s Doll), the Up a Notch Productions movie stars Ethan Taylor, Robert Nairne, Lucy-Jane Quinlan and Philip Ridout (Dogged).

Plot:

When a vintage Jack-in-the-Box is unearthed in Hawthorne and donated to a museum in the heart of the woods, it’s not long before staff member Casey Reynolds has reason to believe the creepy clown doll inside has a life of its own.

As Casey discovers his colleagues are dying one-by-one, will he find a way to end the nightmare, or will he too fall victim to the box’s curse?

Reviews [click links to read more]:

The Jack in the Box is yet another entry in the slew of new British low-budget horror productions that are saturating the cheap DVD and VOD market. Thankfully, unlike most of its ilk, Lawrence Fowler’s latest offering is pretty effective.

Sure, there’s the irritating Brit-actor-masquerading-as-a-Yank cliché (Ethan Taylor – no disrespect to his performance but why not just employ a UK-based American actor?), the bare bones real-life museum setting is somewhat uninspiring and some of the dialogue scenes are drawn out much longer than necessary.

That said, the initial premise had promise and when the spindly Jack in a the Box emerges he’s a creepy sight to behold so it delivers. This is by no means a strong recommend but as far as homegrown horror is concerned Lawrence Fowler shows he has talent that’s definitely developing and this movie is worth a late-night look.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES & MANIA

“Whilst the story is quite formulaic, it’s a thoroughly entertaining horror, especially for those who prefer supernatural tales. It’s easy to watch and follow, and it seemed everyone involved in the project had a lot of fun doing it.” The Horrorcist

“Plotwise, The Jack in the Box isn’t anything new. Cursed object spawns demon, heroes try to figure out what’s going on and how to stop it while people die. You could guess the ending even if it wasn’t pretty much told to you by one of the characters. But it’s well enough told and most of it takes place in the museum which makes for a creepy enough setting that it doesn’t get boring.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Ethan Taylor … Casey Reynolds
  • Robert Nairne … Jack
  • Lucy-Jane Quinlan … Lisa Cartwright
  • Philip Ridout … Norman Cleaver
  • Darrie Gardner … Rachel Thompson
  • Vinnie Clarke … Aaron Bishop
  • Stacey Lynn Crowe … Gwen Parkinson
  • Charles Abomeli … David Onyilogwu
  • Simon Balfour … Detective Martin
  • Penelope Wildgoose … Belle Cleaver
  • Tom Carter … Maurice Ainsworth
  • Kathleen Ray … Mandy Hinchley
  • William Frazer … Steven Moore
  • Laura Janes … Maria Smith

Filming locations:

Abington Park Museum, Northampton, England

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