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Carnival Magic Reviews

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½ November 12, 2011
I don't know which is my favorite feature of this film:

1) the totally random moment when a shirtless dwarf says "Hi, Sheriff!" It's his only line.

2) how the carny owner Stoney's mood is indicated by whether he's smoking a cigar or not (cigar = happy).

Such a strange film. TCM billed it as a movie for children, but its tone is far too downbeat for kids. And then the talk of vivisection? Oh yes, young Bobby and Sally will love that. The enormous-breasted assistant who spends the whole film spilling out of her top is another problem.

Otherwise, lead actor Don Stewart gives a surprisingly solid performance, considering what he has to work with (a terrible script and an equally terrible supporting cast). And the muttering voice of the monkey Alex is actually more "realistic" than you would expect, if you accept the premise of a chimpanzee who has barely crossed over into speech capabilities. On the other hand, the general reaction to a talking monkey (essentially "Oh, neat!") is nothing like what it should be.
July 22, 2011
schlocky horror pic that is not that creepy or scary.
May 8, 2011
Strange, cult flick about a magician with a talking chimp who works in a circus. At Hulu.
March 27, 2011
Al Adamson tries his hand at a family film and fails miserably.
½ March 8, 2011
Who knows how to rate something like this? Weird carnival movie that mutates into a melodrama about the fate of a talking chimp who attempts suicide in protest against medical testing. It's hilariously awful but fascinatingly awful at the same time.
½ February 13, 2011
Strange and sad movie. It's geared towards kids but features lots of talk about death and souls, as well as features domestic violence in a circus themed atmosphere. Fun!
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