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Carny (2009)

Not Rated | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | TV Movie 25 April 2009
A devilish creature escapes from a carnival to wreak havoc on a small town.


Sheldon Wilson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Atlas
A.C. Peterson ... Cap
Vlasta Vrana ... Owen
Dominic Cuzzocrea Dominic Cuzzocrea ... Quinn
Simone-Élise Girard ... Samara
Dan Petronijevic ... Luke (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Joe Cobden ... Rogers
Felicia Shulman ... Estelle
Matt Murray Matt Murray ... Taylor
Kyle Gatehouse ... Jesse
Pedro Salvín Pedro Salvín ... Driskal
Dani Kind ... Leopard Woman
Shaun McComb Shaun McComb ... Split-Faced Man
Giant Gustav Claude Ouimet ... The Gentle Giant (as Gustave Ouimet)
Yvette Harper Pouliotte Yvette Harper Pouliotte ... Congregant


A devilish creature escapes from a carnival to wreak havoc on a small town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The carnival is anything but fun. See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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A stilt walker crosses behind Lou and in the next scene is at ground level minus the jacket, spinning a fire staff as Lou walks toward him. See more »


References Big Top Pee-wee (1988) See more »


Pray for Dawn
Music by Terry Plumeri
Lyrics by Lou Diamond Phillips
Performed by Lou Diamond Phillips
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Fairly standard "horror" movie...
25 June 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Carny" was like a trip down memory lane for me, and perhaps will be for anyone who watched horror movies during the mid- and late 80's. This movie was like it was plucked right out of that era and then shined up for a 2009 release.

The story in "Carny" was pretty tame. A carnival of traveling freaks come to a small town, and with them they have a new attraction. A certain abomination as they call it. And of course, the creature breaks free and wreaks havoc upon the town and the inhabitants. Pretty much standard 80's horror plot right there.

Now, I think that the creature actually looked good and was believable. I read some reviews who weren't as forgiving to the effects and the creature, but I found it to actually be good enough.

And as for the cast and the acting, well there were some questionable performances, sure, but there were also some fairly decent performances as well. Don't put your hopes up for any award-winning performances, because then you will be sorely disappointed.

As for being a horror movie, then "Carny" wasn't particularly scary at all. And there weren't even any moments of intense suspense or dread. The movie pretty much rolled onward at a good pace, though it was weak in scares and thrills. And as for the ending, well who would have seen that coming... Not saying anything else, just watch it yourself.

All in all, "Carny" was a fairly average horror movie, though it was weak in scares. The good thing about it was that most of it was actually shot during the day, so you had good, clear and well-lit scenes, and you saw the creature clearly in the daylight (as to where many other movies use glimpses and darkness to hide whatever is prowling the innocent). So that worked. Just don't have your heart set on being scared out of your seat.

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Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diabeł z New Jersey See more »

Filming Locations:

Gatineau, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.66 : 1
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