This film showcases dark humour and very surprisingly effective horror in way that it looks easy. The story moves rather smoothly with only certain situations evoking a smile or freaking you out. It’s also a bit of a subversion, using an obviously wicked but adorable senior couple as both protagonists and antagonists. So before I say anything further, you should really check this movie out wherever it becomes available.
Anything For Jackson was directed by Justin Dyck and written by Keith Cooper. The most adorable and evil senior couple is planning to bring their grandchild back from the dead. Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) are polite, courteous and very classy. The Walshes are even polite while they kidnap expecting young mother Becker (Konstantina Mantelos) for their ritual.
What follows is not a comedy of errors. Thankfully it’s pure horror, plain and simple. It’s the banality of the situations and the frustration of just another nosy person to have to deal with which brings about both hilarity and shocking deaths around them. Don’t expect this to be a walk in the park. Once the ritual starts a lot of entities spring from the shadows at the Walshes’ home just to scare the bejeezus out of everyone.
Strongly recommended for both horror lovers and lovers of dark humour. Unlike other modern day horror-comedy films, the film doesn’t force gags or sets up punchlines. Humour is found only within the context of the story. Nothing cheap happens. That also includes the very terrifying horror scares that show up all over the place. This one is a solid horror vehicle first and foremost and before the last incantation is done, it’s going to be a bloody mess all over the carpet. Definitely worth watching.
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