Anybody in the house into goofy, slapstick horror sequels? How about if I slapped in a Gremlins/Critters riff featuring tiny, squeaking killer snowballs? Sounding better already right? Now, toss in a ton of cool gore shots, great (and corny) one-liners, a talking carrot, very little nudity and you’ve got yourself a healthy dose of Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman.
Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport) and his wife Anne (Eileen Seeley) are back one year after the Jack Frost/snowman incident. Sam has been attending therapy sessions and the doctor advises Sam to look into a vacation to get out of Snowmonton and away from what the doctor believes to be Sam’s “hallucinations”. Luckily for The Tilers, Marla (Marsha Clark) the Secretary and Deputy Joe (Chip Heller) are getting married on a small Caribbean Island and Sam and Anne are their best man and bride’s maid. There’s only one small problem…Jack Frost is back.
Some dumbasses dig the anti-freeze jugs containing Jack and bring him to a testing facility where they do their best to try and find ways of reactivating Jack and researching the original chemical’s properties. Nothing seems to work until a careless Janitor bumps into Jack’s liquid form holding tank and knocks a cup of coffee into the tank. Miraculously, Jack is chillin’ once again and decides to head out in search of Sam for a bit of that b-movie vengeance.
How, you ask, does a snowman get to the Caribbean Island and remain snow? Well, he actually hangs out as a water puddle for a bit until Sam steps into the puddle! Before you know it he’s attacking two floating maroons in a rubber raft for their carrot. We’re soon treated to Jack moving about the island as a walking, talking carrot. He occasionally freezes up to hand a few lame victims their asses but for the most part he remains a complete wussy until he begins freezing the island. This is when the fun begins because we’re way passed “how” or “why”…this is referred to as the “b-movie acceptance” phase. We don’t question its stupidity, we embrace it!
Sam has been waiting for this very thing though and before you can say “OH TANNENBAUM”, Sam is luring Jack into a hole filled with anti-freeze with the help of retired FBI agent, Manners (David Allen Brooks) who now works as the head of Island security. Problem is…the anti-freeze no longer works! All it succeeds in doing is giving Jack Frost a case of heartburn, which in turn, causes Jack to belch up snowballs. Each snowball hatches into an adorable little snowball creature with little jagged teeth and arms. They giggle, drink beer and we even catch a glimpse of one with an icicle Mohawk (Stripe anyone?)! Sam, Manners, Anne, Marla and Joe all band together in order to destroy the little snowballs from Hell but nothing seems to work until they come across the realization that Sam has some DNA / Psychic link to Jack and Sam’s allergy to bananas is the key.
This movie is everywhere. The characters all don household items as armor and the slapstick remains firm through the entire film. We get one hilarious scene that features Jack transforming himself into an ice cube and getting used to ice down a model’s nipples. Wonderful comedy here! We also get a death scene in which Jack transforms into a giant cartoon anvil made of snow! Was this better than the first film? That really depends on what you’re interested in. I felt the sequel lost the edge the first film had and the characters were just over-the-top. SOTA handled the gore FX and did a fantastic job. There’s exploding heads and torn off limbs. Gore fans will definitely enjoy this film. It’s worth a watch but I’d only recommend purchasing it if you’re a fan of the series as a whole. There’s more comedy and more reasons to love Jack Frost but the silliness does get tedious. I gotta admit though, this disc was fun & packed with bonus material goodness and an actual menu!