Carnage Park (2016)
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A climax so dark you'll need braille subtitles to get through it.
Equally inspired by Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and the seediest of '70s drive-in exploitation, "Carnage Park" is a frequently repellent film that's nonetheless cleverly constructed.
Mickey Keating takes the adage "less is more" to heart in his "Carnage Park," and it pays off pretty well.
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I don't really know exactly what to think about this movie. Wouldn't necessarily say that my thoughts are mixed, I just don't know what sort of score would be appropriate for this genre tribute to the films of Sam Peckinpah and Peter Watkins, the director (Mickey Keating) pretty much admitted as much. I feel that it's closer to Peckinpah in terms of tone and narrative. Honestly, I'm not as familiar with Peter Watkins' work, so I don't know how much Mickey drew from him and his style of storytelling. Maybe someone out there can educate me on this. But I digress, there's some really good elements to this film, but there's parts of it that I just don't find to be up to par. Perhaps I can't single out a specific scene, but I just can't find this a consistently entertaining film, even if I gave it a fairly positive rating. I will say, however, that I liked the story of this Vietnam war veteran, a sniper, stalking people who manage to stumble on his land. Pat Healy, who plays the veteran, who very obviously has clear mental issues, is excellent in the role. But there comes a time in the movie, and this might be one of the biggest flaws in the film, where he just disappears. His presence is still felt, for sure, but his face is covered by this gas mask to the point where it almost seems like Pat couldn't have stuck around for the rest of production. Sort of like Julian Beck dying in the middle of production for Poltergeist 2 and so all they did is re-use scenes that they had already shot with him. They also made him into this grotesque monster to get around the fact that he had died. That wasn't the case here, Pat Healy, thankfully, is still alive. So it was very weird to see him just disappear and having the character wear a gas mask was just a way to disguise that he wasn't there for all of filming. With that said, though, Pat Healy is still really good in this movie. He's an incredibly talented character actor, so no complaints. Ashley Bell is also great here and her character goes through an interesting transition from victim to, not necessarily hunter, but someone who's not as afraid to fight back as she would have been in the beginning of the film. Yea, I can't really complain much about the acting here. It's probably the strongest stuff about the film if I'm being honest. And that's taking into consideration the fun genre thrills the film offers. Strong gore and violence. The look also gets props, it has that 70s dirty and grimy look. So, again, no complaints about that whatsoever. At 80 minutes long, the movie just flies by, so thankfully it doesn't stick around for more than it should. Like I said, the movie isn't perfect, but it is more than enjoyable, particularly if you're a fan of genre films, this will be right up your alley. It's on Netflix too, so it's even better.
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