Hey there Mr. Suave James Spader! Man, it’s nice to see a down and dirty slasher esque story with a novel twist that focuses on the root of serial killers. Jack’s Back is a both good fun, a little creepy, sorta sexy and a great watch. Scream Factory releases this one under the radar in late January, but I assure you it’s a good watch. Everything from a solid Spader performance to a strong supporting cast and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Having not having seen this before, I was immediately subject to all it’s trick, fell for all of them and came out the other end quite satisfied.
Jack’s Back could be just another hack and slasher picture focusing on the kills over the mystery, but this film goes for style over the red stuff. While you may get some kills, you really are invited to solve a mystery that seems obvious at every turn even though the obvious answer is seldom the true answer. Of course mid 80’s Spader brings the seductive sexy and yet somehow we really don’t get him without this damn clothes on. That’s just the kind of movie that Jack’s Back is. Less gratuitous and more focused on story. With a foundation as spent as Jack the Ripper, this is a fresh take on an old legend.
The transfer is really great and looks clean for the most part. The disc includes one cover option with a still on the reverse. There’s a commentary track and a making of featurette that focuses on interviews (Spader not included).
You can order Jack’s Back from Scream Factory now:
From Scream Factory:
One hundred years ago, Jack the Ripper slashed his way through London's red light district. Now, a modern-day maniac is honoring the event by mutilating L.A.'s ladies of the evening. Has Jack the Ripper been reborn? The police are stumped and the prostitutes of L.A. are scared. The only person with a chance of solving the murders has a problem of his own – he's the LAPD's number one suspect.
James Spader (The Blacklist, Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Cynthia Gibb (Death Warrant, Youngblood) star in this taut mystery-thriller written and directed by Rowdy Herrington (Road House).
NEW High-Definition Transfer From The Original Negative
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Rowdy Herrington
NEW The Making Of JACK'S BACK - Interviews With Writer/Director Rowdy Herrington, Producer Tim Moore, Actress Cynthia Gibb And Director Of Photography Shelly Johnson