October Horror Films 2010 | Day 4 | Carny (dir. Sheldon Wilson; RHI Entertainment/Muse Entertainment Enterprises 2009)
Brief review: Recently, I added several selections to our Netflix Instant Queue, including Carny. Its Netflix description sold me:
Arriving in rural Nebraska, a traveling carnival attracts the locals with a caged monster known as the Jersey Devil. But fascination soon turns to fear when the beast escapes and goes on a rampage, killing everyone it encounters. Now, the town sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips) must lead a team to track the creature even as a group of religious fundamentalists forms a lynch mob to kill the beast they believe is the devil himself.
That description turned out to be pretty accurate. I hadn’t known that this was a Sci-Fi Channel/Syfy movie, but I’m not surprised. The creature looked pretty cool, actually, but otherwise this wasn’t great. Not terrible, either, though. The story is pretty silly, but there’s a lot of gore.
Block: Part 2 of “the devil” block, based on Netflix’s description (“the beast they believe is the devil himself”). Netflix-streaming cooperated last night, but we weren’t sure if the film we had chosen to continue “the devil” block counted as horror or not. Both Netflix and the IMDB list that one as a “thriller.” I suppose Carny could be the start of a “creature feature” block instead, but I’m not sure.