A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson’s spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.
Shudder, the streaming service devoted to horror films has had a hard time producing original content worthy to bring in any new subscribers. However, with Anything for Jackson, they take a turn in the right direction with an effective shocker that ladles on the gore and dark humor in equal amounts with assurance.
Character actors Julian Richings and Sheila McCarthy are the Walshes, grieving grandparents who are willing to go to great lengths to bring back their four year-old grandchild Jackson. They go so far as to procure an ancient satanic tome where they find a spell that will place the soul of the deceased in the body of a newborn. Kidnapping a young woman (Konstantina Mantelos) who’s expecting, the keep her captive until her due date, when they plan on performing this impure rite.
The problem is, they recite the wrong spell and as a result, all hell breaks loose. Keith Cooper’s script contains just the right number of twists without being too cute, while the humor will appeal to only those with with a pitch black comic sensibility. Genre fans will be pleased with the gore on hand, however that doesn’t negate the intelligence the film contains.
3 1/2 Stars