Anything for Jackson: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Anything for Jackson: Movie Review

Who knew that seemingly innocent grandparents can be Satanists? It's this and the other unexpected and original goodness and treats that made "Anything for Jackson" a whole lot of fun. The dark humor and unabashed horrors that "Anything for Jackson" offers made this the perfect dose of gasps, shrieks, and laughs.
After losing their only grandson Jackson in a car accident, Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry (Julian Richings), who is also a doctor, kidnaps his pregnant patient Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), who is hesitant about conceiving her baby as a single parent. The couple has the intention of performing a “Reverse Exorcism” - or putting the spirit of Jackson inside her unborn child. To do this, they plan to use an ancient book of which its true powers they are unable to understand. It doesn’t take long though to figure out that Jackson isn’t the only spirit the grandparents accidentally invite and conjure into their home. Now it’s a race against time for the couple to figure a way out of the evil and hauntings they have set upon themselves.
It's been awhile since a horror film truly surprised us and "Anything for Jackson" was that rare gem. Minus its very vague ending, there's little to gripe about the film. In fact, "Anything for Jackson" found the perfect balance of terror and humor. The film will first hook you in with its silliness. The characters of Audrey and Henry look innocent and even heart-warming as anyone's grandparents would be. So it came to a surprise that these two characters were actually Satanists and into the dark arts. In any case, it will shatter your perceptions on how Satanists should act and look on the big screen maybe even in real-life. Outside its excellent dark humor, the film really shined best when it came to its horror and gore. To put it simply, it had us grasping our seats with the amount of blood and carnage that happen on-screen. The film was also terrifying when it wanted to be. While these frights were not that frequent, this was the quintessential example where quality trumps over quantity. Acting-wise, the two leads were perfect for their roles. They made the characters of Audrey and Henry really stand out with their unusual and quirky performances. "Anything for Jackson" will entice you with its unique premise of reverse-exorcism and the promise of holistic fun and in that aspect it doesn't really disappoint.
Rating: 4 reels






Why you should watch it: 
- one of the most unique and fun-filled horror films we have experienced

Why you shouldn't watch it: 
- the ending was very vague

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