Reviewed bytrashgangVote: 6/10/10
Kevin Greutert, the editor behind Saw (2004) and later directed twoentries of that particular franchise is back with a new horror.Immediately you think this would or could be the next Saw but it isn't.
It stands on it's own, no open ending at all. The story is simple, saveyour child from a cult only to be terrorised from that cult to get theson back. Is it that bad as some might say. Well, it takes a whilebefore things go wrong, to be exactly 38 minutes before the terrorcomes in and that's almost half the flick (10 minutes credits). Oncethe cult is back the attacks shown aren't that bad done anyway. Thereare even a few gory shots here and there but for me there wasn'tanything scary at all or the cult even didn't frighten me. They do wearmasks but they are just standing there and some do attack and kill orbeing killed and that's it.
I found Don't Breathe (2017) more scary and a pure horror for example.here it's also about home invasion but somehow it didn't work out tomake it creepy at all. Still, for those who like torture and brutalityit's worth picking up to see the nastiness of the torture or killings.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Reviewed byhorrorgasmVote: 4/10/10
Just another knockoff of The Strangers. In fact, this director workedon that movie, so I guess that's where he got the idea. The bad guyshere have slightly more motive than in The Strangers, they're attackingthis house to get one of their members back, but beyond that we knowabsolutely nothing about them or their motives, only that they'reanother group of mysterious masked people who like to arbitrarilytorture and murder anyone in their way.
It's not a terrible movie, but it doesn't really do anything new orinteresting either. It's watchable, but completely unmemorable. Don'texpect any form of satisfaction from the ending either.
One more thing. Why did they bother to make this set in the early 80's?It seemed to have no bearing at all on the plot or characters and if itwasn't for the old style TV and picture of Ronald Reagan on a mantlethat they show for a few seconds in the beginning, you'd never knowthis was supposed to be happening in the 80's. There's no 80's feel toanything in the movie. Somehow I suspect that they did this for thesole purpose of creating an excuse for no one to have a phone...
Reviewed byFlowVote: 4/10/10
I'm really sorry about Jackals but man what a letdown it turned out tobe. I was hoping for something more like You're Next or The Void, butfar from it. Typical The Strangers kind of movie, when you hope to seesomething good, some action, some natural decisions, instead, borefest.
Can't believe it ended just like that, a conclusion that made the runtime of the movie completely useless, with nothing to show whatsoever.Really little to offer and even less to make you feel about it, you getno sympathy for the characters, no desire to see what happens next,who's next, you're just in for the ride cause you pressed Play.
All in all, Jackals is definitely a No. Pass!
Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.