Are you ready for The Legend of Halloween Jack? I love a good horror film and I’ve no problem with low budget one’s, there’s been plenty of good ones in the past. All I ask is that they bring something good or unique to the table. I can forgive certain things like not being able to choose the best actors as long as the acting is not too terrible. So does this horror film bring anything worthwhile? Let’s find out here’s The Legend of Halloween Jack DVD Review.
- The Legend of Halloween Jack (2018)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Andrew Jones
- Running Time: 82 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By 4Digital Media
- Blu-ray Released: 8 October 2018
When killer Jack Caine is freed on a technicality four men decide to take justice into their own hands. However having done so they themselves become the hunted, who is out to kill them, could it be Jack back from the dead?
The film is directed by Andrew Jones whilst the cinematography is handled by Jonathan McLaughlin. It’s basically a low budget remake of Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981).
To be fair it’s reasonably well shot so both director and director of photography deserve credit. The camera work and the lighting are pretty good, something that I generally find lets down most low budget films these days. Ironically filmmakers today have access to a lot more equipment but simply don’t know how to use it or simply fail to realise that each scene needs to be correctly set-up. At least the Jonathan McLaughlin seems to have made an effort.
Music / Audio Effects
The music does add a bit of drama to keep things tense but the gun shot sound effect is plain terrible. I mean come on guys you could easily have obtained/purchased some authentic ones from an audio library. It’s another small thing that really does let the film down.
Acting / Characters
Poor acting and really strange and confusing accents mean there are no awards here.
- Colin Holt
- Doug Cooper
- Jason Gregg
- Aaron Jeffcoate
- Sarah John
- William Wolfe Hogan
Conclusion: The Legend of Halloween Jack Film Review
Where is the film supposed to take place? Is it England of somewhere else, I’ve no problem with it being vague but the accents are all over the place. Each character has a different accent and it really breaks any immersion. Look the acting is poor and I can forgive that to some degree with it being a low budget film but the characters at least need to feel like they come from the same town or village.
There are simply too many things done badly and some of them are so obvious I’m surprised no one making the film realised and put them right. One easy fix in post production is to add authentic sounding gun shots but it seems like someone forgot to do it.
To sum up The Legend of Halloween Jack is a reimagining of Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) story only done a whole lot worse. I get that it’s a low budget film and to be fair the film is reasonably well shot and the lighting is also pretty good. The acting however is poor and the dialogue at time is weak. Those accents really do cause the film a whole lot of issues with half the cast sounding British and the other American.
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My only real problem is if the film is from 2018 and shot presumbly in high definition why on earth is it only available on DVD. I actually know the answer to my own question. Its because everyone knew its not a particullary good film and so decided to save a little money by opting for a DVD only release.
On to my movie rating for The Legend of Halloween Jack (2018)
- Movie Rating: WATCHABLE
- DVD Picture: GOOD
- Extras: NONE
The Legend of Halloween Jack (2018) is available now on DVD.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: The Legend of Halloween Jack (2018) DVD Review
Director(s): Andrew Jones
- Movie Rating
- DVD Rating
Poorly executed reimagining of Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
- Some Scenes Shot Well
- Poor Acting
- Confusing Accents
- Not Available on Bluray