Jackals (2017)



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A young man, Justin Powell, is held up at gunpoint by two ski-masked men and dragged back to a secluded cabin. This isn't a standard kidnapping, as Justin's estranged family is at the cabin waiting for him. Composed of Justin's father Andrew, mother Kathy, brother Campbell and former girlfriend Samantha (who has recently given birth to their child), Justin's family is dedicated to freeing him from the brainwashing he's undergone at the hands of a vicious cult. With the help of Jimmy Levine, an experienced cult deprogrammer, the family does their best to bring Justin back to reality. Everything goes awry when the cult (a murderous gang of masked men and women known as the Jackals) descends upon the cabin, demanding Justin back. A vicious battle unfolds, testing familial loyalties and unleashing a bloodbath in which there are few survivors.

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Stephen Dorff
as Jimmy Levine
Deborah Kara Unger
as Kathy Powell
Johnathon Schaech
as Andrew Powell
Nick Roux
as Campbell Powell

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

"Jackals" is a bit of style, almost no substance, and so scanty on the scares it's not worth the price of admission.

Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The film's ultimate nihilism makes the whole exercise seem like an annoyingly pointless waste of time-even for a movie that's barely 80 minutes long.

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Its run-of-the-mill standoff may appease some hardcore horror buffs, but it offers nothing to the rest of us and will likely be forgotten before the blood on the ground dries.

Aug 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie does what it sets out to do: stranding the viewer in a dark place, surrounded by remorseless predators. It's an old recipe that can still please a crowd.

Aug 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The idea -- is an interesting one, and adds a new spin on the home invasion film, it just fails to really land what it wants to achieve.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It feels like a really well-made home movie -- and that can't have been the plan.

Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jackals

Visually striking and moderately original, but full of stupid characters making decisions the audience cannot appreciate. An enjoyable enough movie for fans of the horror that just scrapes by with a passing grade for me.

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