Carnage Park (2016)
I really liked this one. Indie film, check. 1970’s style, check. Blood, check.
This is a love letter to those 70’s horror films, the likes that Tarantino is probably well-versed in. Sometimes you wonder is this director (Mickey Keating) making homages to Tarantino or to the direct source. Either way, if it’s a homage of a homage, or a direct homage it’s good and it works. The yellow-sepia filter on the camera works well with the SoCal desert-y location (I swear some of this was shot in Los Padres wilderness). We have some fun character actors on screen and my feeling is that this was probably a blast to make.
There’s crazies and killers and people who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and for some reason I really like the premise of this. The idea is simple, there’s a place up in the boonies that is filled with death traps and puzzles. The owner of this “park” abducts seemingly random people and tortures/taunts them, using high-powered rifles. We’ve seen stuff like this before, but I still think there’s enough originality that it’s worth seeing.
If you enjoy 70’s exploitation, grindhouse type of movies this is for you. I think it was worth watching.
Andres Salazar is the author of the horror western comics www.pariahmissouri.com