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The reaper, Railroad Jack, has no mercy when it comes to torturing and slaughtering anyone who meets his eye. When a group of teens set out on a school field trip to learn about the industrial revolution, Jack has a different plan in mind for them. Ensuring the teens school bus crashes on their way back, he lures them to a nearby carnival, where he dares to pick them off one by one.

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  • Actors: Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland, Douglas Tait
  • Directors: Kimberly Seilhamer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CPKZMH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Just stay away and use your money on some other movie!
loveman666
The film takes place at a carnival, but somehow or another the filmmaker's find to fail the nostalgia and whimsy in a carnival setting.
Hector Baez
They notice a carnival off in the distance, where they go to search for help only to find out it's completely deserted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on December 19, 2013
Format: DVD
Jack the Reaper is one of those little surprises that I totally wasn't expecting to enjoy, especially given how the movie is not exactly a box office smash. Since it's a really unpopular movie that obviously flew under the radar and went unnoticed, and given the mixed reviews here on amazon (in fact "mixed" is being generous- most people strongly dislike the movie) I'm rather happy with the film overall.

Tony Todd, as some of you may remember from the Candyman horror series, continues to freak me out! Seriously he's one very freaky presence in horror movies. Must be the frightening look in his eyes. Anyway his role in Jack the Reaper is rather tame- he simply shares the history of a desert location and warns a group of teens about a certain Jack the Reaper that roams around. Something like "Once he sees you, he already has you". Of course you can probably guess what this is- it's a teen slasher movie.

While I believe the acting is below average, the deaths are few and far between (it takes forever to get to the first one in fact- like over an hour), and the bad guy is nothing more than a pale faced alien-like creature (ha, pale in the desert, guess who's been hiding in the tricky mirror room all day!) what this movie does well is make each of the teens memorable. They're all different in their own little ways- the chubby boy gets picked on by the others, another kid is a misfit or an outsider, another is a deaf girl, the other is an impatient easily annoyed Asian girl, one of the popular boys decides to finally man up and promise he'll be there for his pregnant girlfriend through thick and thin, etc. Everyone's unique in their own little way. I respect a horror film that devotes time building characters. That way we care about them when they die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hector Baez on November 16, 2013
Format: DVD
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Jack the Reaper (2011) *
D: Kimberly Seilhamer
C: Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland, Douglas Tait
P: A bus carrying a group of high school students on a field trip crashes in the middle of a long stretch of desert. To occupy their time, the kids check out a nearby carnival that is supposedly haunted by a creature known as Railroad Jack, a creature that is intent on laying claim to souls and ushering them into the afterlife.

Anytime the plot revolves around a big plot twist, that plot twist needs to either be interesting, unpredictable and/or shocking. The main problem with Jack the Reaper, is that the plot twist is rather predictable. We've all seen it a million times before and we've seen it done a million times before far more interestingly. So what we're left with is a film that drags from one scene to next for well over an hour, waiting for the main characters to figure out what is going on, so that the film can be over with and we can get back to our lives.

Tony Todd & Sally Kirkland have only one scene and there one scene is towards the beginning of the film. They both turn in competent performances, but they only have one scene so there is only so much that they can do to try and salvage this film. The film takes place at a carnival, but somehow or another the filmmaker's find to fail the nostalgia and whimsy in a carnival setting.

Jack the Reaper was flawed to begin with due to a fundamentally weak story, but the film fails to use some of the positive things that were at its disposal in a meaningful way such as a better then average cast and a setting that is classic & timeless. Jack the Reaper is the type of film that you watch while paying bills, doing household chores, answering e-mails, etc. [R] 86 mins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on June 9, 2013
Format: DVD
The film opens with narration about Jack the Reaper. Apparently RR accidents have their own special reaper. A group of high school kids on a field trip encounter a bus accident at a RR crossing. There is a nearby carnival where they go for help, but end up playing games as the carnival is deserted. Jack shows up and the carnage begins. The "twist" we already have figured out. Tony Todd has a minor role.

This slasher doesn't bring anything new to the table. Harold's grandmother was a hoot, but outside of that, the character were simply okay with jocks, a fat kid, a picked on albino, an oriental girl, a blond floozy with her deaf-mute cousin, plus a girl with daddy issues. There are too many characters to develop them all, so we are given quick intros as they load the bus.

It is a so-so slasher with the mute girl screaming when she gets hit with a pick.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. It appeared on TV as a Movie Channel extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shane s. on February 13, 2014
Format: DVD
Jack the reaper to me is a mix of jeepers creepers 2,reeker and funhouse. It was alright just didn't have enough gore (for my taste). Tony todd and sally kirkland for being the big stars in this movie are in it for a few minutes each.Good potential but lack of gore makes me give it 3 stars. Right now you can catch it on showtime so try to catch it there before actually buying.
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A group of high school teens and their teacher are out on a Saturday school field trip to learn about the industrial revolution as punishment for failing to complete a research about it. Once they arrive to their destination, they stop at a railroad museum where they're given a quick recap of the town's railroad history by a man simply known as Steel and warns the group that many people who have crossed the other side of the town's railroad have usually never made it back or gotten trapped in a fatal crossroads accident.

Not buying too much into Steel's story, the group crosses over the town's railroad anyway, leading them into a deserted ghost-town like-area and get in a bad bus accident shortly after, knocking them all unconscious. When they awake several hours later, it's night time and the teens realize that their teacher and bus driver is missing. They notice a carnival off in the distance, where they go to search for help only to find out it's completely deserted. Thinking they're all alone; the students split in different pairs to find help. Little do they know that a murderous spirit by the name of Railroad Jack, lurks the park and plans on picking them all off one by one. All the while, the teens' journey is seemingly being narrated by an unseen evil entity by the name of Violet who is supposedly connected with the legend of Railroad Jack

Overall: Jack The Reaper is decently put together. A lot of the kill scenes done in this film are pretty gruesome in their own way. It could be said that the plot is very cliche since it involves a group of teens with stereotypical characters, by themselves in the middle of nowhere; but Jack The Reaper takes that cliche plot and turns it into something a bit different.
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