How far would you go to bring back a lost loved one? That’s the subject of the supernatural horror film Anything for Jackson.
Starring Sheila McCarthy, Konstantina Mantelos, and “Supernatural” actor Julian Richings, the film follows a pair of grandparents desperate to bring their grandson Jackson back from the dead, which includes kidnapping a pregnant woman and making a deal with a demon.
The first thing I noticed about the film is its cinematography that was both dark and rich. Even when it featured a gritty look, it still somehow retained its beauty.
As for the cast, bravo. It felt like they really put their whole hearts into it. McCarthy left me impressed. The way she emotes her character, Audrey’s, every feeling is top-notch. She really gave her character an air of authenticity. Richings appeared to be in a near-constant state of panic as his character Henry struggled to keep their plan on track. Mantelos did great as well, portraying a desperate and terrified soon to be mother. I have to bring up Josh Cruddas as well, simply because he has the biggest, most outrageous combover I’ve ever seen.
You may be wondering, is it scary? The answer is yes. We get not only spooky ghosts and terrifying demons but real tension, suspense, and fear. When the supernatural elements of the movie begin they never stop. The well-timed, interesting story that is on an ever-darkening path ending in a clever twist. To top it off the effects were fantastic with them leaning more towards realism when it comes to blood and guts.
After the film, I sat, reflecting, wondering what I would do to save someone I loved. I think the answer to the question left me more disturbed than I thought it would. But the movie got me thinking and that’s the sign of a good story.
I think it’s safe to say that director Justin G. Dyck can now claim his feature debut is a success. Anything for Jackson is entertaining, clever, and filled with the things horror fans crave. It debuts on Shudder on December 3, 2020. Be sure to add it to your must-watch list.