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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.

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Sheldon Wilson
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Cast

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 Giant Gustav Claude Ouimet ... The Gentle Giant (as Gustave Ouimet)
Yvette Harper Pouliotte Yvette Harper Pouliotte ... Congregant
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A devilish creature escapes from a carnival to wreak havoc on a small town.

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Step Right Up ... And Die. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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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Color

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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References Predator (1987) See more »

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Pray for Dawn
Music by Terry Plumeri
Lyrics by Lou Diamond Phillips
Performed by Lou Diamond Phillips
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Not that bad but also could have been much better
26 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I was actually pleasantly surprised watching Carny. It does have its problems, but for me is one of the more tolerable SyFy channel movies. It does have some beautiful-looking and atmospheric sets and lighting, giving an appropriate nightmarish feeling, good make-up, a surprisingly well-designed and menacing monster, credible performances and a score that doesn't feel at that generic and also fits with the film's tone. Of course it has its problems, the quality of the story and writing are actually vast improvements to previous and succeeding efforts but they are not perfect still. The story has a good if not groundbreaking(though it didn't need to be) concept and is actually mostly interesting, well-paced and with some scenes that are quite nail-biting. Where it is let down though is in the escape of the monster, which I also feel could've been introduced later and with more suspense, and an ending that feels rushed that contrived. The script is not as clichéd or as cheesy thankfully as most of SyFy's resume, but still could have done with more flow in terms of structure. The characters are not as irritating as before or since, however are an uneven mix, the leads are likable and have some depth but most of the supporting roles are rather shallow and not developed as well. The camera work does suffer also from some choppy editing and numerous instances where it zooms in and out which often gave it a rather overly claustrophobic sensation watching Carny. Overall, not perfect but tolerable, with even its flaws having been done worse elsewhere. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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