The sympathetic villain s a familiar character trope in superhero media, and often found in horror when ghosts are revealed to be acting in confused distress. In Justin G. Dyck’s horror, Anything for Jackson, the sympathetic villains are grieving satanic grandparents.
Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) are grieving the loss of their grandson, Jackson. As their grief pushes them further to the edge, they find themselves enamoured by a group of Satanists, and join their church to learn how the Dark Lord could potentially bring back their grandson. They acquire an ancient spell book and plot to use a pregnant woman’s fetus as a vessel for the spirit of their late relative. Henry, a doctor, exploits his access to pregnant people and their personal history to select a vessel, Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), whom they kidnap and prepare for their ritual. Having thought of everything, in the way an elderly couple with no previous murderous exploits would, they sound proof the room, translate the book best they can, and set up the cover story and escape plan for them and the resurrected child. But when the would-be disciples of the Devil make the mistakes you’d imagine a rookie set of grandparents might, they open doors they didn’t intend to and find themselves fending off dark spirits seeking the shelter of any vessel.