Review: Carnage Park

Title: Carnage Park
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Mickey Keating
Starring: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins

What It Is: When bank teller Vivian (Bell) is kidnapped following a robbery that turns out being the best of her problems on this day. When the tires on the getaway car are mysteriously shot out it will begin the hellacious journey back home for Vivian. The person responsible for the worst day of Vivian life is a paranoid man living in the California desert named Wyatt Moss (Healy) who wants to assure no one who steps foot on his property continues to do so alive.

What We Think: It’s a welcome change of pace to a degree. Horror is often times reliant on a vast array of tricks that are all pulled from the same bag. This film does some new things but fumbles through a ton of it. For example, there’s a certain death here that is far too quick and offers no semblance of payoff. I appreciate the gore of the whole thing but a lot of this makes the film “look” cheap. Ashley Bell is really good here, though and she brings a great character to Vivian to life. Pat Healy’s overacting fits his paranoid character but feels slightly out of place in the context of the film.

Our Grade: C-, Above average at best but for you horror fanatics out there (and looking at what you heathens check out on this site there’s many of you) this is something that may intrigue you. For those of you, that are not fans of horror films it may all be a bit too much. I really think that writer/director Mickey Keating has a future due to what he’s done here as well as with his 2015 thriller Darling.

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