release year:1995 genre:horror viewing setting:home laserdisc, 10/9/97 what I expected:the pumpkin of death what I got:a good bad horror movie
synopsis:81 years ago, a man was lynched, but before he died he summoned a demon to avenge him. Now, the demon has been set free, and roams a quiet little town looking for people to kill with his scythe.
impressions:This was almost bad enough to be good. Almost. The director knew what we wanted to see - at one point, we get a long and totally gratuitous shower scene for no apparent reason. Ditto with the gore and special effects (the latter leave something to be desired, though.) Problems abounded, however. Jack-O teleported frequently, just like Jason in Friday the 13th part 8 - one moment, he's in the deep woods, the next moment, he's in the town. Huh? Another problem: Jack-O had too many close encounters with people. Sometimes he'd spot someone and they'd spot him - and then he'd just walk away. There were far too many potential victims who lived through this movie. A third problem: Jack-O usually just shuffled along, at a low rate of speed; however, when chasing his quarry, he sprinted with the best of 'em. Inconsistent. Total fatalities: 9, not counting Jack-O. One electrocution, one decapitation (the head, as is par for the course, rolled right into someone's lap.)
acting:Pretty bad. The best cast members in this movie did adequate jobs; the worst ones did terrible jobs. Notably bad was the lady who played Vivian; she sounded like a bad tape in a bad tape player.
CHARACTER PURPOSE Jack-O to amble around and kill some people, but just stare at others Sean to be the 6th descendant of the guy who killed Jack-O in 1915 and thus the only one who can kill Jack-O now (convenient, huh?) David (aka Count Dorkula) to be Sean's dorky father and embarrass him around the other kids Linda to be Sean's shrill-voiced mother, who hasn't a clue about anything Vivian to be the weird woman who comes out of nowhere and attaches herself to Sean's family in hopes of finding and defeating Jack-O 3 teenage punks in cemetery to be the fools who set Jack-O free and become the first victims Carolyn to be naked in the gratuitous and totally irrelevant shower scene (secondary purpose: to babysit Sean while his parents go and dork out) Julie to be Carolyn's biker-slut sister and provide secondary nudity Jim to be Julie's biker scumbag boyfriend who is such an asshole you know he's gonna get killed the Watsons to be the right-wing, annoying, nosy neighbors who provide comic relief both in life and in death the Judge of Hell (aka Walter Mackie) to be the driving force behind Jack-O's rampage the Tri-County Cable guy to be a bonus victim for Jack-O Rosco to be the fat guy's dog the fat guy to be Rosco's owner and tell Sean the tale of Jack-O so we, the audience, will know what's going on Dr. Cadaver to host scary movies on TV so that Brinke Stevens can make a cameo appearance
reviewers' quotes: "Not every haunted garage has a Jack-O." "Just because we see Jack-O's feet here doesn't mean he's not actually somewhere else." "Jason would never take a prisoner!"
other reviews: IMDB review Joe Bob Briggs' review
final word:Amusing, entertaining, but by no means definitive or superior.
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