Anything for Jackson Movie Review
In Anything for Jackson, an old woman/demon relentlessly flosses her teeth until there is just bloody ravines left of her gums. If that sounds appetizing to you, then Anything for Jackson, an entertaining, creepy, and imaginative horror movie, is likely right up your alley.
About a married couple who decide to kidnap a young pregnant woman so they can bring their dead grandson Jackson back from the dead using a satanic spell, Anything for Jackson is a deliciously clever and at times humorous thriller. Featuring some creative gore and monsters and a fast pace that rarely throws the story off its line, it’s easily one of the best horror movies of the year.
Unlike some of the other horror movies that would rank among my favorites this year—the eerie and atmospheric likes of The Lodge, Hansel and Gretel, or Relic, or the mainstream hit The Invisible Man—Anything for Jackson is your vintage demon-and-carnage dream pie. The elderly couple (Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings), though villains, aren’t entirely bad people, which puts a compelling spin on the story. Konstantina Mantelos makes for an effective if unassuming protagonist, though she straddles the line between lead protagonist and convenient victim. Nothing that happens in Anything for Jackson ends up being quite what it seems, a delightful reprieve from the straight up gorefest this movie could have become.
Anything for Jackson is a highly entertaining horror thriller that uses its gore effectively and efficiently. Recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.