“Anything for Jackson”: Bringing back your deceased loved ones is not always easy

"Anything for Jackson": Bringing back your deceased loved ones is not always easy
Konstantina Mantelos as Shannon Becker in Anything For Jackson (2020)

Sometimes it’s better just let go. It is never pretty to lose a beloved one, especially when it’s a young one. But when you play with the world of spirits and black magic sometimes the results are not what you expect. Ask this to the bereaved Satanist couple who 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.

In Anything for Jackson (2020), after losing their only grandson in a car accident, grief-stricken Audrey and Henry, a doctor, kidnaps his pregnant patient with the intention of performing a “reverse Exorcism”, putting Jackson inside her unborn child. It doesn’t take long to figure out Jackson isn’t the only ghost the grandparents invited into their home. Now it’s a race against time for the couple, as well as the pregnant woman to figure a way out of the haunting they’ve set upon themselves.

Justin G. Dyck, an experience TV movie director with a big list of family-oriented comedies on his back, changes drastically the genre being behind the cameras in this creepy terrifying horror flick. His frequent collaborator Keith Cooper, who for a couple of decades has been alternating his projects as a special effects artist in popular productions like The Woods (2006), Silent Hill (2006), Poseidon (2006), Superman Returns (2006), The Fountain (2006), or In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), with writing the scripts for uncountable short films and movies, has been in charge of the screenplay for Anything for Jackson (2020).

Two veteran actors, Sheila McCarthy, known for Die Hard 2 (1990), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Antiviral (2012), and Still/Born (2017), and Julian Richings, who is popular for his supporting roles in over 200 titles including Cube (1997), Mimic (1997), Urban Legend (1998), Wrong Turn (2003), Skinwalkers (2006), Saw IV (2007), Man of Steel (2013), Septic Man (2013), The Witch (2015), and Polar (2019), star together with the young Konstantina Mantelos who debuts in a feature film. Josh Cruddas, Yannick Bisson, Mikaela Bisson, Claire Cavalheiro, and Scott Cavalheiro complete the main cast.

Anything for Jackson (2020) has been part of the line-up of festivals like Fantasia Film Festival, Nightstream Film Festival, and Blood in the Snow Film Festival (with Julian Richings winning the Best Actor award), where it achieved mainly positive reactions. After that, it is scheduled to be part of the Shudder catalog on December 3, 2020. Here you can watch its trailer.


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