Carnage Park (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Crime
90 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Carnage Park Review


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.

Carnage Park (2016) is an American low-budget crime thriller that is unpredictable, relentless, and a modern crime masterpiece that is not easily forgettable. Director and writer Mickey Keating (Pod (2015), Ritual (2013), Darling (2015), Ultra Violence (2011)) did an excellent job executing this crime story. There was no shortage for tension, suspense, intense moments, and the entire cast gave top notch performances. With all said, I would consider this film to be more of a crime thriller than a horror flick. I gave this movie an eight because as much as I love this film, it failed to excite me in the third act and that is because this screenplay has been done so many times before that we can almost predict the outcome.

Carnage Park revolves around a group of thieves in 1978 who decide to flee into the desert after their heist did not go the way they planned; it failed. The group ran into a secluded area known as "Carnage Park" and it is owned by a Vietnam Veteran that is a skilled Marksman. The owner who is apparently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder gave the thieves two options, and that is for them to try to survive or be killed instantly.

Carnage Park starts with a bank robbery in a small financial institution in Mackin County. Scorpion Joe (James Landry Hebert - Gangster Squad (2013), Looper (2012), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Super 8 (2011)) and Lenny are the duos that are robbing the bank and failed. Joe grabbed a hostage, Vivian ( Ashley Bell - The Last Exorcism (2010), The Last Exorcism Part II (2013), Sparks (2013), The Day (2011)) and fled the scene. Joe and Lenny (Michael Villar - Visions (2015), Computer Potato (2013), Bigfoot County (2012), Life Unkind (2007)) realizes that the police are the least of their problems as they meet with a crazy man. Wyatt Moss ( Pat Healy - Magnolia (1999), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Rescue Dawn (2006), Cheap Thrills (2013)) is a psycho that lives by himself and does not like strangers, especially those who trespasses on his land. Wyatt believes that killing people is his right because of the way he was treated after returning from the war. He became a person that enjoys hunting trespassers with his sniper rifle and likes to watch people suffer if they land on one of his traps that he set all over his land.

Carnage Park did make me think of how someone’s life can be ordinary one moment and then the total opposite the next because we cannot predict what may happen in a few minutes from now. Going to the bank for Vivan turned out to be a nightmare that no one would like to live through.

About Carnage Park 2016

Title: Carnage Park
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Crime
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.8/5 stars from 92 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 92
Starring: Larry Fessenden, Pat Healy, Graham Skipper, Ashley Bell, James Landry Hébert, Alan Ruck, Michael Villar, Darby Stanchfield, Bob Bancroft, Andy Greene
Writers: Mickey Keating
Director: Mickey Keating