Plot: On Halloween night a group of grave-robbing teens accidentally unleash Jack-O, a pumpkin-headed demon that begins killing townspeople. Sean Kelly, one of Jack-O’s main targets, tries to find out what the creature wants and how to stop it. The history of the murderous monster, which has almost been forgotten by the locals, is tied to the death of warlock Walter Machen.
My Review: I had this in my Netflix Instant Queue for 9 months before I decided to watch it…I waited so long because I figured it was going to be garbage, but I finally had to watch it because they were going to take it off the next day. I don’t know if it was the quality of the stream, or the quality of the movie, but its horrible and grainy. Worse then even an 80s movie on VHS.
The movie started out with a kid (Sean) and an older man around a campfire. The older man was telling Sean the legend about Jack-O. The man states a rhyme based on Jack-O (which we hear more of throughout the film) which was kinda nifty and catchy. Then we get a little flashback to the wild west which is a little more background that is filled in later. But what’s more confusing is when the “witch” (Vivian) gets invited over for dinner after offering to help with the haunted garage. We see Sean walking around out in the dark. It keeps flashing back and forth between the two scenes. In one its daylight and in the other it’s the dead of night. Sean falls down in the dark scene, and it switches to the light scene where Vivian is helping him up and he states that he had a bad dream. When was he sleeping he just got back from school?! Horribly thought out and put together. But most of the movie is like that.
We are then introduced to three 20 something’s who are hunting for an old cemetery out in the woods. And a little while later introduced to three other people out of the blue. It was sorta like “uh oh did I miss something am I supposed to know these people.” But then we see it’s the babysitter mentioned earlier. Everyone is connected somehow, but overall they are just there for a higher body count.
We go back and forth between Sean’s dreams a time or two and they are just lame, and sorta confusing. They could have been done much better.
As for the killer – not a bad Jack-O costume. It was actually better then I expected. It sort of reminds me of these paper mache pumpkins this one artist does on the following website: STOLLOWEEN. I also wonder if the demon can teleport? Cause he’s ALL over town within minutes of each other.
The ending is hilarious. The little kid is being buried alive, and he “yells” no, so unconvincingly, and just lays there letting himself get buried not putting up a fight.
In the end the movie did have some potential but is poorly written and badly acted.
Gore/FX: There is a scene where someone is killed with a sickle. Its very unrealistic, as the person gets a little wound on their neck – especially considering there is an exact same kill later on, and the person loses their head. A majority of the deaths are slit throats that you barely get to see. Horrible graphics of electrocution and lightening. If you can’t make it look good…don’t do it!
Sexual Content: Some T&A in the shower. The woman (Linnea Quigley) looks to be rubbing herself, not washing herself haha. Another chick naked in the woods.
Acting: Brinkie Stevens has a quick cameo. She’s in a movie that Sean is watching. The kid who plays Sean is by far the worst of the bunch. I’ve seen a lot worse but this kid is just hilariously bad.
Overall: It wasn’t quite as bad as I was expecting. That being said I didn’t really enjoy it. The movie probably would have been better if it was just a killer in a pumpkin costume, and I have no intentions of EVER watching this again.