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SYNOPSIS: After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks flee the scene with a hostage and lead the local lawmen on a dangerous high-speed chase. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6Alrighty, so I have been interested in seeing this for a bit, but not desperate or anything. I recently read horrormeister Ryan’s review on it, and I watched this at the behest of Eric, the Chop. We chatted about it a bit over here this week. Well, I settled down to watch this, and then played Punch Buggy on my husband’s arm for quite a chunk of this film. Oh wait, wait, back to the movie! I thought it was okay. Like, it starts really well. I love the washed out, sad, dusty colour palette, and then there was the hysterical, mad Scorpion Joe with his ‘stache and hair comb, and his dead partner Lenny. Naturally there was the terribly unfortunate Vivian, who was taken hostage. Seriously, the first bit of the movie is engrossing, it really is. You just want to know what happens. Heck, even up to the point when we get to the real crux of the film, I was all over it. However, then it just gets to this place where, instead of keeping this crazy train on the go, it becomes a rather generic, run of the mill survival horror thing. I loved the way this movie looked, and I loved the heavy 70s desert feel and look, and I really liked the totally bizarre and creepy flashes that took over in sections of the movie, and the eclectic music fit this film like a glove, to be sure. I did not like how dark the end of the movie was – and I mean this literally, when they were down in the mines. You couldn’t see anything, and that frustrated me endlessly. I also really liked Ashley Bell’s portrayal of Vivian, and thought that Pat Healy, while initially disturbing, lost his menacing factor when he was never fleshed out. He was just cuckoo, hunting people. That really took out all that was scary, in my opinion. The Moss brothers were both a little unhinged, and that worked, too. However, as a whole, the movie had two totally different tones (the first and second half are vastly different) and it is uneven and a bit messy, and definitely brings nothing new to the table.

19 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Carnage Park (2016)

  1. Ryan says:

    Totally agree, Zoe! A lot of cool stuff here, just doesn’t always work (especially the ending). Thanks for the mention, btw!

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    1. Zoë says:

      You know it! Yeah, I just feel that one side or the other should have been chosen. As it is, it felt like it lacked direction. Oh well.

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  2. Tom says:

    I think i have heard of this movie from your same sources (Ryan)! I do look forward to seeing what this is all about, while preparing myself for maybe a slight disappointment. I forgot Pat Healy was in this

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    1. Zoë says:

      Ryan is the main horror source, of course! Yeah, it’s okay, but nothing great, and quite confused about what it wants to be or what it wants to achieve.

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  3. emmakwall says:

    Nice review Zoe, shame it didn’t work entirely well but still sounds different and worth a watch if you like that kind of thing! Which I do 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      I truly hope you enjoy it then Em!

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  4. This sounds exactly like something Eric would like!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Totally up his alley!

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  5. theipc says:

    Dearest JJB,

    Very nice! Thanks for the assist the other day! It hopes It has a great weekend!

    Love

    ISC

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    1. Zoë says:

      Kindest PSC,

      It was Its utmost pleasure! It is having the longest week ever. It must have a fantastic weekend.

      Love,

      IJB

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  6. ruth says:

    The premise sounds pretty generic, but I could see it being entertaining w/ the right cast and direction. Not sure I’m interested in this one Zöe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Nah, I don’t think this would be your cup of tea, Ruth.

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  7. table9mutant says:

    Hmm. Nice review! I’ll watch the first half then stop. ; )

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    1. Zoë says:

      LOL likely the best route to take here.

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  8. alexraphael says:

    A film of two halves ha. That always sucks when films lose momentum.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah, each half could be its own movie, you know?

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  9. The Vern says:

    Emmy. I too like Ashley Bell after seeing her in The Last Excorcism. Pat Healy was disgusting in Compliance. This does look like one I will see after a late night of drinking and that rarely happens for me any more

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    1. Zoë says:

      xD Well, let us hope you have a good time after a few some night!

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