Jackals (2017)

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Date Created: 11/10/2017
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Runtime: 85 min -
Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
Jackals is a 2017 American horror-thriller film directed by Kevin Greutert and produced by Tommy Alastra.[1] The film is written by Jared Rivet.[2]

Contents  [hide] 1Plot
3Release and distribution
4Critical reception
6External Links


Jackals is set in the 1980s and stars Stephen Dorff as a cult deprogrammer who has been hired by a family to retrieve their estranged teenage son from a murderous cult. Whilst deprogramming the boy, they find themselves under siege by the cultists who demand the boy be returned to them.[3]


Deborah Kara Unger as Kathy Powell
Ben Sullivan as Justin Powell
Chelsea Ricketts as Samantha
Nick Roux as Campbell Powell
Johnathon Schaech as Andrew Powell
Stephen Dorff as Jimmy Levine
Cassie Hernandez as Luisa
Alex Castillo as Eloy
Carol Abney as Mariana[4]
Alex Kingi as Mateo
Jason Scott Jenkins as Lead Cultist
Alyssa Julya Smith as Fox Girl

Release and distribution[edit]

Jackals was screened at Cannes Film Festival, introduced by Highland Film Group, where Shout! Factory purchased the rights to distribute the film throughout North America.[5][6] The film has made multiple appearances at horror film festivals, including Fright Fest at Leicester Square in London, and the upcoming Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami, Florida.[7][8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

Jackals received negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 36%, based on 11 reviews, with an average score of 4/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 33 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11]

Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine gave the film 1.5 stars out of 4, writing, "there's a reference to Straw Dogs, but Jackals doesn't have the Sam Peckinpah film's sense of give and take, in which characters on both sides of the moral equator are allowed to surprise us with their ingenuity."[12] John DeFore of The Hollywood Reportercalled it "a competent but completely forgettable cult-versus-family flick.