The Jack in the Box (2020)
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Lawrence Fowler
Producers: Geoff Fowler, Lawrence Fowler
Writer: Lawrence Fowler
Date Released: May 5, 2020
Ethan Taylor as Casey Reynolds
Robert Nairne as Jack
Lucy-Jane Quinlan as Lisa Cartwright
Philip Ridout as Norman Cleaver
Darrie Gardner as Rachel Thompson
Rating = 2.5 /5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The movie opens up with a farmer finding the unusual box out in the fields. He took the box home and the wife took a special liking for it. Minutes later, the husband saw his wife being dragged into the box. Fifteen years later, a curator named Casey was seen working in a museum. One of the artifacts he was working on was this unique box. Curious what’s inside, he tried to open the box. When it opened, a clown figure popped up. That same night, the cleaning lady was seen being strangled and dragged into the box. The next working day, Casey found out that the cleaning lady was missing. And so Casey knew it has something to do with the box. The box becomes the mystery that Casey was bent on finding.
There’s not a lot of gore in this movie nor jump scares. A few body counts but not gory death. Some are more implied. The movie also ended with a possible sequel as the plan to stop the demon from killing failed.
The Grave Review
Jack in the Box (2020) is a story of a creepy clown who lives in an ornate box. The movie did not explain how the box came about or who made it. There are no gory scenes, just a scary clown in a box. The performance is mediocre. But the pacing is pretty decent. Most of the deaths are implied and very little shown. There were a few inconsistencies in the movie. One is the demonologist who was consulted on how to get rid of the box was surprisingly knowledgeable on its nature. He advised that Jack in the Box is still considered mortal and yet the box cannot be destroyed. Are they on the same dimension? Another scene is when Casey was fighting with Jack, it was clear that he was hit in the face but subsequent scenes showed he couldn’t stand up and seemingly dragging his leg and crawling on the ground. How is it possible that he is only hit in the face and not be able to stand up?
Overall, the movie can be mistaken for a TV movie instead as the plot is thin and not a lot to go on. It is predictable and the story has been used up many times with much better outcome.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Jack in the Box (2020) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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