The Amusement Park
An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare.An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare.An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare.
It was all fun and games...
'The Amusement Park (1973)' is basically a PSA regarding elder abuse, bookended by extended fourth-wall breaks that outright tell you its mission statement. It's considered 'lost' because the people who commissioned it were supposedly so horrified by it that they buried it, making sure it never saw the light of day. Recently, it has been unearthed and restored in 4K, making its way over to Shudder as an exclusive piece of content. For seasoned horror fans, the flick is somewhat of an amusing oddity. It may very well be worth watching just to see what a Romero-made PSA actually looks like. However, it probably won't hit home for most audiences, despite its good intentions and general technical prowess, because it simply isn't all that engaging. Its eponymous amusement park is allegorical for life, being fun for its younger visitors but not so much fun for its older ones. Instead of height restrictions, rides are restricted by health, wage and general social status. The bumper cars require valid licences, the snack stands give out paper grocery bags, the 'freak shows' consist of only OAPs. The picture essentially puts you in the position of an innocent and eager older gentleman who gets consistently beaten down by the park's unfair systems. It's a fairly claustrophobic watch that has a relatively strong sense of escalation to it. However, even though it should work well, it ultimately falls a little flat. As I said earlier, it isn't all that engaging. In fact, it's actually quite dull. It also isn't as scary as some people are making it out to be; it's barely a horror film, if I'm honest (not that that's really an issue). I wish I liked this more than I do. 4/10.
- Jun 28, 2021
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