31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 20 – Jack Frost

Welcome to my 31 Days of Christmas movie marathon.  This is a feature where I watch a different Christmas movie every day from now until Christmas.  The rules are simple: The movie has to be something I haven’t already seen and I must watch at least one Christmas-themed movie a day from now until December 25th.  They’ll be some bad ones and hopefully a lot of great ones.  Why put myself through this?  Because it’s a good way to catch up on a lot of Christmas movies and a good way to satisfy my OCD.

On the 20th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Jack Frost

There are an abundance of campy horror movies for almost every holiday, but not many embrace the lunacy of those 1950s and early 1960s B-movie schlock quite like this one – intentionally or not.

Before I go any further into the review I should point out that this Jack Frost is not the rated PG  father-son family movie where Michael Keaton dies and then comes back to life as a snowman.  This movie is rated R and is about a serial killer who dies, comes back to life as a snowman, and then seeks revenge on not only the policeman responsible for arresting him, but the policeman’s entire village as well.  A slight difference.

And although this movie might not have any cutesy father-son moments, it does feature an onslaught of killings by way of a homicidal snowman, who’s arsenal of death implements include the blade of a sleigh, Christmas ornaments, icicles, his carrot nose, etc., the latter of which was used in a most uncouth way on a very young Shannon Elizabeth.  Yes, this movie is as stupifyingly wonderful as it sounds.

Special effects be damned!  Making the best out of their low-budget constrictions, these filmmakers have put together a B-movie that is as entertaining as any other so-bad-it’s-good style of movie.  So what if the killer snowman looks laughably fake, I mean, when was the last time you saw a snowman come to life?  Who’s to say that it wouldn’t look like a giant ball of cotton-covered styrofoam?  Actually, I enjoyed that there appeared to be zero attempt in hiding the obviousness of coconut shavings and stretched-out cotton as substitutes for snow.  I also liked how the film’s script and plot matched the wonderful terribleness of such special effects.

These reasons alone make Jack Frost an entertaining Christmas movie alternative that is almost on par with Nicholas Webster‘s 1964 classic, Santa Clause Conquers The Martians.


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