Carnage Park (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mickey Keating
Starring: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert
Rated: UR/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory/IFC Midnight
Part crime caper gone awry, part survival horror film, this 1970s set thriller depicts a harrowing fight for survival after a pair of wannabe crooks botch a bank heist and flee into the desert, where they inexplicably stumble upon Carnage Park, a remote stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-military sniper.
It doesn’t take much seeing much of Carnage Park before you realize that director Mickey Keating is a big fan of Quentin Tarantino. With one of the first scene’s, we see being a pretty spot on impression of the same scene from Reservoir Dogs and the backtracking/title card sequences how could anyone see this and not make the connection? The only thing he doesn’t manage to do as well as QT is the dialogue. Not saying he does what he does as good, but you can tell where he’s getting his inspiration from none the less. You could also say he sprinkles some Rob Zombie on top of it all as well. It’s an odd mix but it might make the movie stick out a bit more in the massive pile of indie horror movies we have out these days. The movie also has a crazy kill in it being played by none other than Pat Healy. He gives a great performance, but then again so does our leading lady played by Ashley Bell. That makes for a movie with good acting, a plot that revolves around a heist gone wrong that turns into a survival horror situation, and some odd twists and turns along the way. Still, Carnage Park has some issues that get in the way of you fully enjoying the movie.
For one we have a part of the film where the movie could have wrapped up about 20 minutes early. Now I know these things are supposed to happen in a horror flick but you hate to see a good character do something so dumb. If you’ve seen this then I’m sure your area aware of what I’m talking about and I bet you’d be a lot more sure if it was real and it was you. Also, the final act of this one really gets on my nerves as it takes the thing into some dark places. No, I’m not talking about the tone I’m talking about it literally being too dark to really see what is going on. I know that’s kind of the point but it takes you right out of the last part of the film and can be really annoying. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have done it, I’m just saying they shouldn’t have done it so long and should have had a better finish. Outside of all that I found Carnage Park to be very watchable but it is also very flawed.
Quality of Transfer: 96%