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Don't look at the acts, look at the works.
~ Jack's view of his murders as art.

Jack is the titular villainous protagonist of the 2018 psychological horror film The House That Jack Built. A failed architect and psychopathic misanthrope, he commits a series of murders over a 12-year period from the late 1970s-80s, discussing them with the Roman poet Virgil (whom he refers to as Verge) as the latter takes him through Hell.

He was portrayed by Matt Dillon.

What Makes Him Pure Evil

  • Jack has antisocial personality disorder, known more commonly as psychopathy, which renders him unable to feel empathy or remorse, among other symptoms. From a young age, this proves to affect his behaviors very negatively.
    • At one point in his early days, he picks up a baby duckling from a pond and snips its foot off, then placing it back in the water and leaving it to paddle aimlessly and eventually drown.

12 Years of Murder:

  • First Incident: Jack picks up a female hitchhiker who ask for help to fix her broken jack to in-turn fix a flat tire. She constantly humors the idea that Jack could be a serial killer. After the jack is fixed and breaks once more, the woman asks of Jack to take her back to the blacksmith and mocks him once more, evoking a violent response from Jack, wherein he bludgeons her to death in the face with the car jack. He later stores her body in his freezer.
  • Second Incident: Jack manipulates a widowed woman named Claire into letting him into her house, saying he's from an insurance agency and can increase her pension. Once inside, Jack botches an attempt to strangle her to death. Jack instead opts to stab her in the chest. After a while of obsessive cleaning of the house and a conversation with a cop, he ties Claire's body to the back of his van and drives away to store it in his freezer.
  • Jack kills many other victims offscreen, but two shown onscreen are him strangling a woman to death, now more experienced in the act, and running over another woman with his van.
    • It's at this point that Jack begins setting up his victims in various poses and taking pictures, sending some to the media and taking on the alias "Mr. Sophistication".
  • Third Incident: Jack begins dating a single mother of two: Grumpy and George. He takes them all on a hunting trip and explains that when killing deer, the young should be picked off first. The correlation is seen immediately as Jack kills the two children with a sniper rifle and forces the broken mother to take part in a picnic with their corpses. Afterwards, Jack kills the woman as well, and arranges their bodies in a trophy collection.
    • Jack later contorts Grumpy's face into a disturbing grin with wires, using rigor mortis to his advantage.
  • Fourth Incident: Jack confesses to his girlfriend (whom he believes is stupid, referring to her as "Simple") that he's murdered 60 people. He then draws dotted circles around her breasts, prompting her to leave and attempt to tell a cop of Jack's crimes, though he thinks she's just drunk. Once back inside and slightly reassured about Jack, she notices he's cut the phone line, and she realizes he will try to kill her. She attempts to escape but is bound and gagged by Jack, who cuts her breasts off, no doubt killing her. He pins one to the cop's car and fashions the other into a wallet.
  • Fifth Incident: Jack kidnaps five people and attempts to kill them all with one bullet. However, one of the men tells him he has the wrong bullet. Jack leaves to fetch a full metal jacket, becoming enraged with the man behind the counter at the store who's hesitant to give him the bullet. After Jack leaves, the man calls the police. Jack goes to a friend of his' house for the bullet, who holds him at gunpoint and waits for the cops. Jack manipulates him into lowering his guard and proceeds to stab him upside the throat and takes the FMJ bullet. When a cop bursts in, Jack shoots him dead and steals his car, returning to his freezer to finish off the five people. He has to open a sealed door to be able to see through the sniper sights properly, however, and inside sees a man (who has been conversating with Jack as a co-narrator throughout the film), who convinces Jack to finish the house he never got to build, so he builds one with the corpses of all the victims in the freezer. Jack follows the man through a in the floor of the "house", leading him to a Dante's Inferno-style Hell.
  • In the end, Jack feels absolutely no remorse for his crimes and even attempts to defend them by claiming they were art, and that he's a masterful artist. Also in the end, Jack is forever condemned to the deepest and most torturous depths of Hell.
  • Virgil himself says Jack is one of the most twisted souls he's ever had the pleasure (or displeasure, rather) of speaking to, even having called him the Antichrist.

Trivia

  • Jack was inspired partly by psychopathic serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy, who is also Pure Evil in a portrayal of him by Zach Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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