Blu-ray Review: CARNAGE PARK

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CARNAGE PARK was written and directed by Mickey Keating and stars Ashley Bell, Pay Healy, James Hébert, Alan Ruck, Graham Skipper and Larry Fessenden.

This pure-pulp thrill ride jumps between past and present as it pieces together the puzzle of a shocking crime. It’s 1978 and a bank robbery gone wrong leaves Vivian (Ashley Bell) the hostage of two criminals on the run. But things go from bad to off-the-rails berserk when she and her captors wind up on the sun-baked desert outpost of a deranged ex-military sniper (Pat Healy), who ensnares them in his deadly game of cat and mouse. Rising horror auteur Mickey Keating directs this gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.

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Talk about having a bad day! Vivian (Ashley Bell) becomes this unwilling hostage in a bank robbery that goes wrong and she ends up out in the middle of nowheresville where she’s hunted and terrorized by Wyatt Moss (Pat Healy), a psychotic sniper with a dark outlook on the world around him. The paranoid psycho chases Vivian around his own private hunting reservation where she ultimately discovers that she isn’t the only one that he has terrorized and that he does all of this for the sport of it. Vivian has to outrun and outsmart the deranged gunman to even have a chance in surviving this unfortunate sitiuation that she fell into. Ashley uncovers Wyatt’s deadly secrets as she ventures even deeper inside his hidden world where she ultimately takes a stand against this sinister predator and gives him a much needed dose of his own medicine.

Okay, I really liked the story for Carnage Park that reminded me of The Vanishing, House of 1000 Corpses, and even Texas Chainsaw at times. That’s just my opinion. Don’t get me wrong because this is an original and exciting entry from Mickey Keating who simply gets better with each movie he directs. I thought the talented cast delivered some great performances but it was easily Ashley Bell and Pat Healy who stole the show. I thought the movie was shot exceptionally well and the cinematography was fantastic. There were some really cool shots in this movie, so great job Mac Fisken! As far as the blood and gore go, there’s lots of it and it all looked crazy cool. We’re talking about a fun-filled grossfest of SFX that would make “The Walking Dead” very proud.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Carnage Park is one of those rarities that surpassed all of my expections and ended up delivering something a little new and refreshing for genre fans. I’ve watched all of Mickey Keating’s movies so far and this one here is easily my favorite. Carnage Park starts off as this kidnapping/hostage-style thriller that morphs into a full blown horror movie that gets batshit crazy by the end. Pat Healy plays this deranged psychopath to perfection and Ashley Bell feeds off of his performance and delivers her own style of innocence lost. She starts off as this innocent young woman who becomes a hostage and she goes through so much craziness that it changes her as the movie plays out. Keating captures these great performances that include some intense moments of extreme violence and then tops it all off with a heavy dose of blood and gore. This sick and twisted rollercoaster ride arrives on Blu-ray on November 1st and is a must watch. Welcome to Carnage Park!

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Trailer (01:46)
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