Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000)

Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000)

He’s Icin’ & Slicin’

A year after killer snowman Jack Frost struck terror into the town of Snowmonton, Sheriff Tyler is still in therapy after what happened. Few believe his story about the snowman and so his therapist advises him to take a vacation to somewhere tropical in order to get over his snow worries. In the meantime, some government officials have dug up the remains of Jack Frost but a freak accident brings him back to life. Seeking revenge and with a new-found imperviousness to heat, Frost follows Tyler on holiday to cut short his vacation…permanently.

 

The absurd killer snowman flick Jack Frost is one of my all-time favourite guilty pleasures. A truly corny idea which appeared just as silly as it sounded on the screen, Jack Frost worked because you went in with such low expectations that when it finished, you realised that you had just watched a really entertaining low budget slasher with a novel idea, a nice tongue-in-cheek approach and bags of creativity. But the idea of a killer snowman was pretty much a one-trick pony and the original milked the obligatory anti-freeze, yellow snow and hot air gags for all they were worth. So what was next for Jack Frost to do? Why not send him to a hot tropical holiday resort? No one would ever believe a snowman could survive there! It’s an even more preposterous idea than the initial thought of a killer snowman. This sequel proves that the joke has run thin.

Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman is a major disappointment. The original’s novelty value helped it overcome a lot of its shortfalls and managed a decent balance of silly, serious and downright camp. This sequel tips the scales a little too far in favour of goofing off and is all the worse for it. The first thing that’s different about the two films is how they were shot. Jack Frost, whilst not having the greatest budget, was shot on regular movie film which at least gave it a polished, professional look. Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman skimps on the costly shooting and opts to go for the digital video route, instantly producing a more amateurish look. The cheap sets certainly don’t help the look of the film.

Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman pretty much tells the same story as beforeĀ  with Frost wanting to get revenge on the sheriff for busting him when he was human. The fact that the film is set in a different place matters little to the story. Cue the disbelieving populace who refuse to accept that there is a killer snowman on the loose.

At least the two important characters return – Christopher Allport reprises his role as Sheriff Tiler and Scott McDonald is back as the voice of Jack Frost. Whilst McDonald’s voice still provides Frost with enough sarcastic relish at his dastardly crimes, Allport looks bored to have returned. He was great in the deadpan role in the first one but this time around he’s not the same as the script opts to up the ante for the camp antics of not only him but the rest of the cast. Sadly Allport lost his life in 2008 in, of all ironic things, an avalanche.

Frost gets an updated appearance for this one but he’s nowhere near as fun as he was before. For an start, we see less of him. As immobile as the Frost model was in the first one, at least we got a good look at him. He’s conspicuous by his absence for a large swathe of running time here, no doubt to keep costs down. Classic lines from the original such as “I only axed him for a smoke” are replaced with some woefully unfunny lines and groan-inducing puns. Again it’s the tipping of that balance between being likeably corny and being overtly rubbish and it’s one which the film gets wrong time and time again. But Frost wasn’t all about the gags and despite his lack of real arms, he was able to do some serious damage to his victims.

He’s got some new moves too such as the ability to churn out killer snowballs which look like mini-Frosts and take their cue from Gremlins and Critters by causing mischief and getting up to some shenanigans. These little creatures get more of a look-in than the snowman and can get a little aggressive with their sharp icicle teeth. Comically, they have little movement and so whenever they attack someone, said actor has to hold them and shake them around vigorously to give the impression that they are being threatened. The least said about the CGI version of the snowball creatures, the better. The snowballs do star in the film’s best scene in which they attack people at a party. Cue slow motion and melodramatic music to give it the impression of a Vietnam war flick.

The end credits tease us with the promise of a third Jack Frost film, subtitled Jackzilla, in which the snowman turns into some Godzilla-style destroyer of cities. Due to how badly this one faired, that idea will never see the light of day.

 

Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman tries too hard to outdo the first one for silliness. But whilst that featured a fair helping of grinning and groaning. this one will have you groaning far more. Michael Clooney’s idea of a killer snowman was great for a one-off film. Twice was pushing his luck.

 

 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 

 

 

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