One year after a deadly car accident, Jack returns home and tries to get past the recurring nightmares that haunt him. As his deadly visions become a reality, Jack soon realizes that each new nightmare is uncovering detail... more »s of the accident that he had forgotten and someone is using him to exact a deadly vengeance.« less
"I went out this morning and rented Jack O Lantern. I just happened to see a review here on Amazon written on the 14th and was wondering how this person could write a review on a film that was not released until today. I know it was not available for viewing on line. Probably some disgruntled actor or filmmaker. Anyhow, here is an unbiased take on this creepy little film. I was hesitant to rent it at first because I thought it might be another sucky indie horror film but it had the Lions Gate tag on it so I took the chance and was pleasantly surprised. In fact the acting was quite good and the death scenes rocked, I was especially freaked out by the truck scene. How someone could find this film boring is beyond me because it was anything but boring. 5 or 6 people bite the dust in the first 5 minutes. WOW! That was a surprise. The lead actor who played Jack pulled it off quite nicely and really brought the character to life. By no means is this a million dollar movie but then neither was Halloween. I really enjoyed this film and I plan on adding it to my collection, I thought it was well shot, well directed, and I loved the score. Want to jump out of your seat, then watch Jack O Lantern. Sure to become a cult favorite."
What's really scary, is that Amazon actually has "more of th
L. Baker | Great Lakes area | 02/23/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The clear winner, absolutely the worst horror movie I have ever seen. So that makes the fact that Amazon is ordering more REALLY scary, and look at the other link. . you can add this to a wedding registry. (gee guys, I'd sure love that "Jack O Lantern" movie for my own collection, forget the bottles of wine or the trip to Cancun)
The cover art and trailer looked promising.. . the tag line . "One year after a deadly car accident, Jack returns home and tries to get past the recurring nightmares that haunt him. As his deadly visions become a reality, Jack soon realizes that each new nightmare is uncovering details of the accident that he had forgotten and someone is using him to exact a deadly vengeance"
This is a HOME MOVIE! Seriously, it looks to be shot on a Best Buy camcorder with actors rounded up from the nearest McDonalds.
It opens with the words "Halloween" on the screen while the three boys running out of gas in the boonies are clearly being filmed in what was the middle of summer, as far as vegetation, lighting and the chorus of cicadas as the sun went down.
The first part of the movie had absolutely no semblance to the plot tag. These three young people, the sterotypical good guy, black guy, and overweight fun guy, break down after leaving the main roadway onto dirt roads in search of a gas station. It morphs into a deliverance type plot with a slow witted inbred with an "ax to grind", his face hidden by a hat (run for your lives it's Wilson from Home Improvement!)
The next scene where some blond on the run from the monster runs into the boys is such a monument to bad acting, it is almost worth the rental just to watch that scene alone. "Wilson" is soon done in by the real movie monster. . which after seeing, all I can say is bwah ha ha ha hahahahahahahahahahaa. The Petco dog sock puppet would have been scarier.
The film itself has no semblance of a cohesive plot, with completely unexplainable and random threads tossed in with wild abandon. After the seemingly unrelated opening we get to a bit about a car accident and another sterotype is added, this time the religious figure who has to be the worst actor ever fill the screen.
The movie ends abruptly, never pulling any of the plot pieces together, and ending seemingly only for the reason that the sun came up, but not before they could throw in a lame brained "maybe there will be a sequel" scene that defies credulity.
Ok supernatural slasher...but not for the price...
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 09/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this movie will keep you somewhat entertained, but it goes from one extreme to the other. There is some excellent editing for the horror genre, but then there is general editing that is just awful. There is some gore and some well-crafted chilling visuals, but you will never jump out of your seat. Acting is mostly not very good.
As for the plot, it's basically I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Jack-O (anyone remember that film?). The "killer" is a somewhat creepier looking version of Jack-O. The real problem lies in the lack of explanation for anything that is happening. The reasons for the killings is explained at the end--but not who Jack O Lantern is or why he manifests himself. You're sort of left to draw your own conclusions. And the way he is destroyed at the end is really anti-climactic. Also, there's an intro to the movie that is really detached from the rest of the film, and doesn't connect at all.
Honestly, there's no predicting whether you will like this movie or not. At this price, I definitely suggest you rent it first to decide if it's worthy of your horror collection."
A very clever film indeed.
Chris | Emory Oxford | 09/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was a very clever endeavor in fimmaking. I am a student of film and this is a cool independent horror film. After reading the other reviews here on Amazon I can only say that I enjoyed it and that is all that matters to me. I abhore those small minded people who trash other people's good work. Just watch the film and judge for yourself. It's a fun thrill ride."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"JACK O'LANTERN may be one of the worst horror movies made in the past twenty years. The film opens with three good old boys in a pickup truck on Halloween evening in Mississippi. They encounter a couple of rednecks who are obviously cannibals, and also a screaming blonde who says these guys killed a bunch of her friends, and of course, the three good old boys get it too, but so do the killers by some unseen force. Flash forward to a year and lo and behold, this whole setup has nothing to do with the rest of this lamely made fiasco. A teenage boy who looks all of 27 is mute as a result of an auto accident which killed his father. Soon some jackolanterned killer starts wiping out his friends, and is it this lamebrained kid named Jack or what? Forcing a totally unconvincing reason for these revenge killings does little to validate the plot. The acting in this movie is awful; they even have one scene where they switched victims because one of the actresses (used loosely) wasn't available to finish the movie, so they just switched who got killed...but they don't show the audience who gets killed. This is just a waste of time, folks."