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Film / Jack Frost (1997)

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Tommy: I said, who's there?
[Jack Frost hits Tommy, and enters the house]
Jack Frost: Well it ain't fucking Frosty!

Jack Frost is a Slasher Movie duology about a serial killer (Scott MacDonald) who gets mutated into a snowman. Both films are campy direct-to-video efforts, but the first one is better known due to sharing its name with a family film with a similar plot that came out a year later. They are NOT to be confused with each other.

It was given the RiffTrax treatment in December 2017.

This film has examples of:

  • Abusive Parent: Hinted at with Jill and Billy's dad and the mean way he talks to Jill.
  • Antagonist Title: The protagonist is Sam, Jack is the Big Bad.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sam Tiler has Jack Frost, a Serial Killer he captured who returned as a snowman for revenge.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Attack of the Mutant Killer Snowman.
  • Ax-Crazy: Jack Frost is very homicidal and deranged, especially in his methods of killing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jolly storekeeper Paul Davrow offers discounted bullets to the rest of the town the moment he hears there is a killer on the loose, and also starts smashing snowmen as soon as he witnesses a living snowman commit another murder. He also helps defeat Jack in the climax.
  • Big Bad: Jack Frost, Serial Killer turned snowman.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Jill is shown to be wearing dark underwear before getting in the bath.
  • Black Comedy Rape: By a snowman.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Jill, after being raped and slammed against the wall, indicating it was probably fatal.
  • Body Horror: As a result of getting splashed with antifreeze, Jack's head partially melts, revealing beating human organs inside his snowman body.
  • Camp: It is a movie about a Serial Killer turned mutant killer snowman who gets killed by antifreeze-laced oatmeal, and who kills people while making tons of snowman-related (and several not-remotely-snowman-related) puns.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ryan's oats, that he laced with anti-freeze.
  • Clueless Deputy: Joe, though none of the police force is particularly competent.
  • Covers Always Lie: Yeah, Jack Frost looks NOTHING like he does in the poster you see here. But he’s still scary.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The titular Jack Frost, as well as Chris and Marla.
  • DVD Bonus Content: The original DVD release had none, but the 2016 20th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD set includes an audio commentary with the director Michael Cooney, an interview with Scott MacDonald (Jack Frost), and an interview with the director of photography Dean Lent.
  • The End... Or Is It?: As our heroes bury what's left of Ol' Jack, little do they realize that the antifreeze of which Jack is now a part is bubbling...
  • Experienced Protagonist: Unusually for a slasher film, Sheriff Tiller already has experience dealing with the killer (albeit before Jack got powers), after capturing him and ending his murder spree well before the first act.
  • Good Shepherd: The local priest helps gather people safely for an announcement.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The CIA Agent is openly antagonistic at the beginning but begins to work with Sam once he realizes how dangerous Jack Frost is.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Christmas.
  • I'm Melting!: Jack Frost, courtesy of an acid shower.
  • Kick the Dog: Jack Frost raping a teenage girl to death with his carrot.
  • Laughably Evil: Jack Frost is a twisted and sadistic monster who can be funny in his lines.
  • Lethal Chef: It turns out Ryan put antifreeze in the oatmeal because he didn't want it to go cold. Fortunately, Sam doesn't eat any before realizing it can be used against Jack.
  • Mad Scientist: Stone, the scientist who created the acid that caused Jack to turn into a snowman in the first place.
  • Monster Misogyny: The female characters' deaths are a lot more brutal than those of the male victims, including one getting raped to death.
  • No Mere Windmill: Paul running around town knocking off snowmen heads is initially viewed as him going crazy but he really did see a snowman kill someone.
  • Off with His Head!: After the bully Billy mocks Ryan's supposed snowman (actually Jack Frost), he knocks its head off. Jack answers by arranging a sledding accident, that takes off Billy's head.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jack, just before he has his fateful accident.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Discussed in regards to Jack becoming a snowman. Agent Stone claims that this proves the soul exists as a chemical.
  • Pungeon Master: Jack overflows with Snowman puns.
  • Reincarnated as a Non-Humanoid: By way of strange science experiment and a vehicle crash, a snowman may be technically humanoid - but it certainly isn't fully human either.
  • Saved by a Terrible Performance: Putting antifreeze in oatmeal is not a smart thing to do, but it does at least stop Jack from killing them by melting him.
  • Sequel Hook: Jack bubbling in the antifreeze, buried in the ground.
  • Serial Killer: Jack himself, even before becoming a snowman.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Snowlems: Jack is Type III; a monster snowman.
  • The Sociopath: Jack Frost, a Serial Killer who doesn't let being turned into a snowman stop him from murdering and raping.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: All over the place, with the bathtub scene being a prime example.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: A serial killer named Jack Frost becomes An Ice Person.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Tommy makes a snow-woman with large breasts for a snowman contest, then his crush/girlfriend Jill walks up to flirt with him, and comments on the Snowman and its breasts, with Tommy quickly and abruptly saying that isn't supposed to be her.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Jack does this to Agent Manners by growing icicle fangs and eating them.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ryan. Anyone who puts antifreeze in oatmeal qualifies for this trope. Justified, as he is a kid.
  • Twisted Christmas: Suffice it to say, a killer snowman going on a murder spree should put a damper on the holidays.
  • Wall Bang Her: The aforementioned rape scene.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Two of Jack's victims are women and he goes out of his way to brutalize them. He even commits rape on one of them with his carrot nose.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jack's still functioning severed snow arm tries to choke Ryan to death in the climax.

Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman has examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: The deaths of Jack's snowball children— one of them dies in Jack's arms and causes him to cry a Single Tear and vow for vengeance.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jack puts his stamp on a snowball fight by throwing his projectiles with such force that they take people's arms off.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Jack's favorite method of killing people.
  • Kaiju: Jack turns into a Godzilla-sized monster at the end.
  • Killed Off for Real: Agent Manners who seemly died in the first one is brought back in this movie, only to be eaten alive by Jack Frost snowball babies and is pretty much a 100 percent dead by the end of this movie.
  • Logical Weakness: Obviously, when dealing with a sentient snowman, antifreeze is the way to go.
  • Mood Whiplash: Most of the movie is very campy (even more so then the previous film) but then near the end of the movie you have a scene where Jack Frost is comforting his last remaining snowball baby who slowly dies that is actually sad to watch. Keep in mind just a few minutes before this, the characters had discovered that Jack and his babies' weakness are bananas. After that scene the tone of the movie is fairly more serious.
  • Resurrected Murderer: While taking notorious murderer Jack Frost to be executed, the prison transport crashes into a truck containing DNA-altering chemicals. The chemicals melt Jack into nearby snow, but his consciousness molds the snow into a snowman to go after the cop who arrested him.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Compare this film to its sequel. You'll notice a major tonal shift.
  • Running Gag: For some reason, every time Agent Manners speaks, a generic dramatic sting plays.
  • Sequel Hook: Attack of the 50-Foot Snowman!
  • Shout-Out: The subtitle of the movie is remarkably similar to the Calvin and Hobbes collection Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.
  • Something We Forgot: Sam and Anne forget about Joe and Marla and accidentally leave them in the freezer.
  • Tongue Trauma: One of the party guest's gets his tongue stuck on a pole. Jack then rips it out of his mouth. This only happens in the uncut version. In the rated version, the tongue stays with said owner.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In the first film, Agent Manners is presumably killed when Jack grows icicle fangs and tears the agent's face off. Here, the agent is played by a different actor and explains that his new face is the result of 15 different reconstruction operations. He also gets an Eyepatch of Power.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In the first film, Jack's weakness was quite logically antifreeze; in here, Jack inherits Sam's allergy to bananas due to some of his blood being mixed in after their last encounter.