The Ballad of Scorpion Joe.)
Release Date: July 1st.
Written by: Mickey Keating.
Directed by: Mickey Keating.
Starring: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Herbert, and Alan Ruck.
Carnage Park is a movie that could have been easily dismissible as a style-over-substance sort of thing (and maybe it still is) were it not guided by the unique voice of Mickey Keating. With Ritual, POD, Darling, and now Carnage Park, the writer director has not only shown that he has something different to say (and show) with his movies, but he's gotten better at doing it with each outing.
|THERE'S SOMEONE BLEEDING TO DEATH IN THE BACKSEAT.|
|HE'S NOT A SMART MAN, BUT HE KNOWS WHAT MURDER IS.|
|AND AS IT TURNS OUT, SHE'S PRETTY GOOD AT FIGHTING.|
Once it got going though, and got past the quirky characters trying to deliver memorable, over-nuanced lines, Carnage Park turned into a lean, mean Backwoods Survival flick. This movie plays like part Reservoir Dogs, and part any other Backwoods Horror flick (Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn), with a liberal dose of Wolf Creek thrown in for good measure. The ending also reminded us a lot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There clearly are a lot of other films that have influenced writer/director Mickey Keating in the making of this one, and the melding of styles makes it feel like a new twist on a familiar tale, at the very least.
Ashley Bell, who has made quite a nice career for herself by starring in smaller, more Indie genre flicks, makes for a capable heroine in this one. She goes from vulnerable to fierce with ease, and she's really a better actress than some of her "not so good" movies would lead you to believe. Pat Healy is one of our faves, and he also knocks it out of the park here. I think I prefer him playing the good guy, but he plays bad in a very convincing manner.
|IS SHE TRYING TO CHLOROFORM HERSELF?|
|SHE COULD THOUGH. SHE TOTALLY COULD.|
|ASHELY BELL HAS A UNIQUE VOICE TOO, WHICH SHE USUALLY USES TO SCREAM.|
If you like quirky and different though, this one is well worth a rental.
Carnage Park is available on VOD, and in limited theaters now.
Ashley Bell is lovely, and she always delivers the goods.