It is nearly half one in the morning on December 17th 2015. I’m sober. Its been a good day since I’ve seen this but based on multiple viewings and the great enjoyment I had watching it I’m pretty sure my memory is good enough to crank out a review.
Many have criticised Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman for its lower budget and annoying cartoony characters.
However, I think it is those qualities that makes this better than the original.
Yes, I think Jack Frost 2 is better than the original. Another rare example of a sequel being superior to its predecessor.
Then again we’re talking about films concerning a Mutant Killer Snowman so that’s not saying a lot.
Sam (the sheriff who caught Jack Frost and destroyed his resurrected Snowman form) is traumatized by the events of the first film. To help him recover his wife takes him on a holiday island vacation for Christmas.
Unbeknown to them, after an accident at a research laboratory Jack Frost is brought back to life and pursues Sam in the tropics with vengeful intentions.
I didn’t mention this in my review but one issue I had with the first Jack Frost was the pacing and the other characters.
With the exception of Sam and Maria, I thought a lot of the other characters were pretty bland. They were just your usual, run-of-the-mill angry American townspeople.
Most of the first and second acts featured them a lot which really slowed the pace for me.
These flaws are fixed in the sequel.
The characters, as cartoony and stereotypical as they may be, are much more compelling and entertaining.
Even if you don’t think they’re funny, they’re still likable and fun to watch.
Colonel Hickering is a lovable old British colonel who keeps reminiscing about his time in India and giving casual reactions to horrific sights, Bobby is a charming stereotypical Jamaican barman and David Allen Brook’s portrayal as Agent Manners is hilariously melodramatic and much better than Stephen Mendal in the original.
Scott Macdonald is also brilliant as Jack Frost. Just thought I should mention that.
On top of the funnier characters and quicker pace the gore, despite the lower budget, is amazing.
One of the kills involves a guy getting his tongue stuck on a frozen lamppost. I don’t want to spoil anything but the outcome is possibly one of the most creative kills in horror film history.
In conclusion Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman is a vast improvement on the original as well as stupidly entertaining.
So there we have it. The Jack Frost films. It would be interesting to see a third film but unfortunately I don’t think many people are going to spare money for a tiny cult film series like this.
Then again we should be grateful for what we have. A hilarious double feature that’s worth adding to anyone’s holiday watch list this Christmas.
Anyway, Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman earns a…. fuck it, a glorious 8 out of 10.