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½ February 21, 2014
If you discard the warnings of The Candyman, you pretty much deserve what you get. This is not a good slasher, not only because you never get to see the slashing, but that's a big part of it. Grab yourself a can of tomato juice, turn on your Handycam and stand behind it. Go "HUCGH" as if someone punched you in the gut and throw your juice in front of the camera. There, you've just recreated the killing in Jack The Reaper. The script is also not good, thankfully the acting was fair at best and the directing was obviously...not there. All that being said, this is not a complete stinker. There are moments of humor, whether intended or not, there's the token whiny fat kid that's always good for a laugh and then there's the carnival. Who doesn't love a creepy, abandoned carnival, inexplicably out in the middle of absolutely nowhere, still lit up and functional?! Toss in some kind of weird, psychopathic, railroad related killer and you have a slightly below average slasher with just enough goodie to keep you awake. Meh.
½ October 15, 2013
An utterly stupid slasher film that doesn't quite make sense as its blends an evil carnival together with a railroad slasher, Jack the Reaper is even worse than the bad pun in its title.
½ July 1, 2014
Typical "Teens in an isolated location" slasher, but a couple of things stood out. I have NEVER seen a film of this type feature TEN different teenage characters. The Asian, the fat kid, the cheerleader, the "emo" kid, the handsome loner, the jock, the token black guy, the deaf girl?, the good guy, AND the girl next door. Not only were there WAY too many characters (many of whom were completely unexplained and left off screen for several minutes at a time, only reappearing just in time to be killed), but you have to wait until 55 minutes into the film for one of them to finally kick the bucket. 55 minutes!!! 55!!! The movie is only 86 minutes long! It really reached a new level of terrible. A typical element of these types of films is the fact that the characters make stupid decisions on how to handle a crisis (as discussed in "The Cabin in the Woods"), but there is just NO WAY anyone would ever react the way the students did. At all. Never. Couldn't happen. I also have to point out that the existence of the carnival was completely off topic for the film. They never explained why there was a carnival in the middle of nowhere, and also, why it was deserted yet fully operational. A positive would definitely be the fact that the name of the high school referenced appropriate Greek mythology, and also the ending, while predictable, at least made an effort to be unique.
December 19, 2012
My Rating: 1/5 star; Grade: D+; Gesture: Two Thumbs Down; Status: Closely Worse (Rotten); Emoticon: >:-(.
February 2, 2014
One line summary: Teen murder elimination derby; better than some, worse than most.


'Charon High School:' now there is a great start, Charon being the oarsman on the boat that crosses the rivers Styx and Acheron separating the living world from the underworld. The film is a murder elimination derby, so nice telegraphing.

Twenty-something actors playing teen characters in high school gather for a field trip. Heather is pregnant by a not ready for fatherhood boy. Jesse's being treated badly by her father. Various bullying pairs are present. One of the girls is deaf.

All the idiots on the bus have not completed a paper about the Industrial Revolution for one of their classes. The teacher makes everything clear: do the field trip without nonsense, then pass the class. Otherwise, fail.

Mr. Steele gives the first lecture at a location filled with memorabilia from the 19th century part of the Industrial Revolution. He emphasizes the dangers of the iron horse.

One of the kids sees a figure by the road on the way there. Mr. Steele later identifies him as Railroad Jack, who is a reaper of sorts. If one has seen him, then he has eyes on you, and so on.

On the way back, the trouble starts. The bus crashes. The f word is issued liberally. The cell phone coverage fails. The teacher is gone. The bus driver is gone.

Then the kids see the 'carnival.' Sure. The kid who warns about the man she kept seeing on the way is laughed down. They find no one, they find no telephone that works. Are these clues? They get a number of the attractions to operate, and have fun for a while, but then the fun ends.

Will any of these deserving teens survive?

Cinematography: 4/10 Camera shake, washed out appearance. Seems to be only VHS quality in sunlight as well.

Sound: 7/10 I could make out the spoken words. The incidental music was not the best.

Acting: 4/10 All the actors portraying teens gave poor performances. Why not hire absolute amateurs of the correct age and get better performances? Tony Todd was great as usual; that's what the +4 is for.

Screenplay: 4/10 Teen murder elimination derby; better than some, worse than most.

SFX: 0/10 Horrible.
½ October 14, 2013
Definite contender for worst horror flick of all time and outright winner for worst written narrative voice-over. Full of illogical inconsistencies and elements that don't contribute or go anywhere and the only question I care to have answered is: Tony Todd, why???
½ January 9, 2014
Back in 2005 this was called 'Reeker.' I can understand why you would steal ideas from great films, but I never understood why you would steal ideas from bad ones. This makes 'Reeker' look like art.
½ September 3, 2013
If you like horror flicks, this fits the bill. There's a small cheese factor, but all in all not a waste of time. A fairly creepy character!
½ August 4, 2013
what the fuck did I just watch
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