Jack Goes Home
Directed by Thomas Dekker
After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family, his friends, and his very identity.
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★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Although the story can get lost at points and certain plot aspects are admittedly clichéd, Jack Goes Home makes for an intriguing and often unsettling psychological horror thriller from writer and director Thomas Dekker, with great performances, delightfully unhinged characters, creepy atmosphere, a dark sense of dread, and absorbing visuals.
★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Rory Culkin gives a powerful performance as Jack. While visiting his childhood home after his dad dies in a car wreck he begins to experience a horrific alternate reality, concerning his mom and the rest of his family. Makes the most mundane, familiar places look like Jack's own version of hell. Strong script and direction from Dekker. Lin Shaye is so good here! She's a ferocious performer and I'm glad she gets an opportunity here to show that she can be more than her over the top funny roles from her past. An effective shocker. If you enjoyed Culkin here check him out on a similar unhinged role in Gabriel.
★★★½ review by Katie on Letterboxd
Lowbrow Araki. Enjoyed this.
★★★½ review by David Grimes on Letterboxd
Ah, October, It’s honestly one of my favorite times of year. The weather is cooling down, I can bust out the flannel, hockey is officially back, and of course, it’s the optimum time to watch horror movies. I look forward to this so much as I save specific movies to watch every year, as well as some old films I’ve never seen. Some I love, some I hate, and some are just plain stupid. Jack Goes Home, while not something I loved, I enjoyed a lot.
Jack Goes Home stars Rory Culkin (took me forever to figure out which one) as the titular Jack, a twenty something magazine editor who returns home after his father has been killed in a car accident. The film also stars up and comer Britt Robertson, Daveigh Chase (she was creepy dead girl Samara in The Ring), Louis Chase and, the incomparable, the outstanding, Lin Shaye. She has such an on screen presence in every role she is in; it’s one of my favorite aspects of this film. Everyone else is strong in this film, however I was disappointed in the under use of Britt Robertson. She is fantastic and yet her screen time is minimal, a huge misuse of her talent.
It just wouldn’t be a horror film, especially a psychological horror films, are always filled with a boat load of awesome visuals.
See my full review at slackjawpunks.com/movie-review-jack-goes-home/
★★★½ review by Dan_Tebasco on Letterboxd
Kept my interest with a strong hold even though the last 30 minutes was slightly disappointing.
But overall still a solid watch, a slow psychological dramathriller with alot of horror elements.
Lin Shaye feels a bit too old to play Rory Culkin's mother though, thought it was his grandmother at first. But she was fairly good in the role, plays her typical 'weirdo' role... Perhaps this film would have benefited for something more layered in her performance, but it worked.
Rory Culkin I found to be mostly pretty good, a couple of bizarre ways to play a couple moments but I think that was probably on the instructions of the directing and not to fault of his acting.
Overall interesting and often unsettling. 6.5/10.
(Nikki Reed fans might want to be aware that she's only in it for 2 and a half minutes.)
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