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Jacob [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, James Hampton
  • Directors: Larry Wade Carrell
  • Format: AC-3, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: April 16 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00AOCDDLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,333 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2013
Format: DVD
Jacob may be small on budget but it is large on ambition. It may overreach at times, not always attaining its lofty goals, but while countless independent filmmakers aim only to create yet another "'80s-style" Slasher movie or riff on the well-trodden Texas Chainsaw Massacre motif, Jacob tries for something else, something that goes beyond the sadly low expectations we viewers have afforded independent Slasher films. In this, Jacob succeeds, proving that Slashers need not be all about and only about the kills.

Jacob has been compared to DePalma's Carrie, to Frankenstein, and to Of Mice and Men. These comparisons are all apt. The film revolves around the Kell family, Jacob, Missy and their young mother, Edith. The kids' father, Lawrence, was killed under strange circumstances, which has led to the family being ostracized from the community, and to Edith taking up with the only man who would accept her and her tainted children, the brutish Otis.

As in Carrie, the violence that dominates Jacob's third act seems, in retrospect, inevitable. Jacob is a disturbed teenager of gargantuan proportions. He hears voices of a possibly supernatural source, voices that bring out in him what appears to be an innate brutality. Only his little sister, Sissy, can cut through those dark voices, keeping a tenuous leash on his inner monster.

It is no real surprise then, when Otis causes Sissy's death and, in so doing, sets Jacob loose. And the town rises up, pitchforks and torches here replaced with shotguns and baseball bats (including one, dubbed `Slugger', with a circular-saw blade embedded in its fat end). As with James Whale's classic, it isn't clear here who the monster truly is. Jacob is as much victim as aggressor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Throwback indie horror April 23 2013
By Joe Smart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Beware: spoilers! Jacob isn't exactly a good film but it gets points for being highly idiosyncratic. It reminded me of the 1970's when some filmmaker would come out of nowhere to make a weird horror flick for the drive-in circuit and then never be heard from again. What Jacob lacks in slickness it more than makes up for in personality, which makes it a much more interesting watch than most indie horror movies that go straight to video and which are made by people with film school educations and technical skills but no actual ideas. Jacob concerns a dysfunctional family in late 1970's Texas--an abused waitress, her violent, alcoholic boyfriend and her two children--a sweet little girl and her towering, speechless older brother. There are also weird flashbacks involving the siblings biological father who discovers an Evil Dead style book under the floorboards of a house he has inherited. This particular element lets you know you're watching a horror movie, although it's never really smoothly integrated into the rest of the movie. Jacob doesn't actually seem like it even is a horror movie until well into the second half. When Otis the drunk kills the little girl in a fit of violent rage Jacob rips him limb from limb--literally, then goes on a killing spree. The townspeople send a lynch-mob after Jacob but the would be vigilantes keep ending up dead themselves instead. The murders are gruesome but more Monty Python or early Peter Jackson than Saw--it's likely viewers will be more amused than disturbed by the carnage. The movie doesn't build to much dramatically although there is a pretty funny punchline at the end that seems to come from nowhere. Jacob is worth the price of a rental, if not necessarily something you will want to add to your collection.
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OTIS IS A BAD MAN May 3 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Otis (Larry Wade Carrell) is the town drunk. He is not the likeable Otis from Mayberry, but one that abuses his overly dependent punching bag girlfriend and waitress Edith (Krystn Caldwell). Edith has two children. Sissy (Grace Powell) is the wiser and younger of the two. Jacob (Dylan Horne) is the mentally challenged Tor Johnson looking guy. He is not a very nice person either and he has a wonderful head twitch.

This all sets up for a darling of a slasher film. However 30 minutes into the film, there is a scene that makes you go "huh?" It is an interesting scene, one that has the potential to change the direction of the film and make it something you didn't expect. Unfortunately this aspect was never developed to its potential, as it appears writer/director Larry Wade Carrell did not know what to do with this "twist" once he introduced it, which is sad.

The acting was not top notch, along with some of the dialouge, it was a shade campy. This made the film lighter and more palatable than a straight slasher. There was plenty of blood, but the gore special effects were minimized as much of the bloodfest takes place just out of the camera's eye.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
pretty stoopid Aug. 29 2013
By .fgd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Shallow slap-stick violence. This film thinks its amusing so real hard to figure why it calls itself a horror movie.
I'm a fan Aug. 9 2013
By Rochelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have watched this movie at least 10 times now & it gets better every time I watch it. I love Larry Wade Carrell as Otis/Billy and Grace Powell as Sissy was fantastic. watch for that little girl to become a star! Dylan Horne as Jacob is both sweet & creepy and Michael Biehn was the icing on the cake. If you are true horror fan, don't miss this one
Good & Strange June 26 2013
By Litha Sonner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Very good movie but strange. I still am not sure what the voices were about or the secret book or figurine in the floor. And why did the old lady have it? Kind of confusing... but the movie itself was pretty good.

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