Mr. Frost

  • 1990
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

This is an extremely silly horror movie starring Jeff Goldblum in a role some might think he was born to play--Satan. Set In England, the film begins as police inspector Detweiler (Alan Bates) pays a visit to Mr. Frost (Goldblum) at his estate. Frost knows the reason for the visit--he's suspected of murder. When the inspector arrives, Frost is the midst...read more

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This is an extremely silly horror movie starring Jeff Goldblum in a role some might think he was born to play--Satan. Set In England, the film begins as police inspector Detweiler (Alan Bates) pays a visit to Mr. Frost (Goldblum) at his estate. Frost knows the reason for the visit--he's

suspected of murder. When the inspector arrives, Frost is the midst of burying one of the many corpses lying about the grounds. Frost is arrested and Detweiler retires, then nearly goes mad. Years pass and Frost (who has remained silent since his arrest) is taken to St. Claire's Hospital where he

breaks his silence by speaking to Dr. Sarah Day (Kathy Baker). He tells her that he is Satan...and he loves to cook. Detweiler shows up at the hospital as if he were Donald Pleasence in a "Halloween" movie, babbling about how dangerous Frost is. Frost continues to talk only to the doubting Sarah,

then proves he is Satan by possessing a quiet patient and turning him into a psychotic killer. Sarah's convinced and she and Detweiler then team in an effort to thwart Frost's dirty deeds.

Muddled is the perfect word to describe this mess. As directed by Philippe Setbon, the film plays like a parody, but was clearly meant to be taken seriously. The somber tone is hammered home by the blaring musical score and the heavy-handed imagery. The film isn't suspenseful, nor is it scary. It

never succeeds in creating the aura of mystery for which it so desperately strives. There are numerous "shock" cuts and phony tension-relieving moments that inspire laughs instead of chills. Moreover, there's enough fog to fill all of Freddy Krueger's movies. All this film has going for it is the

performances. Bates is riotously over-the-top as the mad detective, injecting life into the somber proceedings. Baker (CLEAN AND SOBER, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) turns in another delightful performance, making her character the only one in the film with any depth. But it is Goldblum with his wild eyes

and jaunty air who seems to be having the most fun. There has always been something creepy about him and he plays that for all it's worth here. Of course, Goldblum's hair makes a big impression, leading one to speculate that perhaps his weird hair deserves an acting credit of its own. (Violence,profanity, adult situations, sexual situations, brief nudity.)

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  • Released: 1990
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This is an extremely silly horror movie starring Jeff Goldblum in a role some might think he was born to play--Satan. Set In England, the film begins as police inspector Detweiler (Alan Bates) pays a visit to Mr. Frost (Goldblum) at his estate. Frost knows… (more)

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