JACK VS. LANTERNS (2017) Reviews and overview

 

‘Prepare to get smashed.’

Jack vs. Lanterns is a 2017 American comedy horror film about the titular young man who has to fight pumpkin-headed monsters. The movie is a sequel to Lumber vs. Jack (2014)

Written, directed by and starring Jason Liquori, the movie also stars Monique Parent, Jennifer Wenger, Christina Daoust and Michelle Prenez.

Plot:

Jack Woods (Jason Liquori) is back and this time the troublesome plants he’s facing are pumpkins. Genbetter has been growing gourds and the massive orange veggies are on the attack. Can Jack and his friends stop an invasion of pumpkin-headed monsters?

Reviews:

“Technically, Liquori does seem to have learned a bit from his previous effort, and this is more polished, although still some way short of slick. The most obvious grating feature is huge quantities of superfluous green-screen work […] The big plus is Parent, who shows the difference between a professional actress and… everyone else.” Film Blitz

“The majority of the pumpkins in this movie are horribly fake. Possibly made by someone who has never seen a pumpkin before. The main actor talks to himself a lot in an unnatural way that explains what’s going on […] The lighting is super odd in many scenes. Oversaturated, dead skin tones.” Ryan Letterboxd

Release:

Wild Eye Releasing posted a teaser trailer for Jack vs Lanterns on YouTube on 9 June 2021 so a release date is presumably imminent.

Choice dialogue:

“C’mon this is like a bad sequel!”

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Heidi Christina Baynard … Tammy Jean
Micah Christein … Ralph
Anjanette Clewis … Sheriff Dawson
Christina Daoust … Sheila
Neissa Gattis … Orange Person
Michael Gordon … Counter Guy
Trissa King … Mrs Duffy
Jason Liquori … Jack Woods
Laura McClellan … Amelia
Ryli Morgan … Marti
Trish Morgan … Pumpkin person
Karianne Nobles … Terry
William Palko … Doctor Ignus
Monique Parent … Tiffany Surebanks
Michelle Prenez … Michelle
Brewier Welch … Brad Surebanks
Jennifer Wenger … Jody

Technical details:

105 minutes

Teaser trailer: