Having sawdust in the blood is a carny compliment, but blood
in the sawdust is another story. In 1936, during The Great
Depression, a traveling sideshow sets up shop to mystify yet
another dustbowl town with freaks and illusions.
When a sinister
force begins taking the carnies' lives one-by-one, Detective
Ellison (Reggie Bannister of "Phantasm") is put on the case.
Is it the cryptic carnival owner, Helen (Denise Gossett)?
What about the strong man, Virgil (Chris Staviski)? Or how
about Ratty, the snake handler (Doug Jones of "Hellboy")? Step
Right up folks, step right up. The Show is about to begin.
With all of today's
special effects and million dollar budgets Carnies
takes us back to a simpler time. When B movies were
B movies. When you could still go to your corner
theater on a Saturday, pay your 25 cents, and be
entertained for most of the morning. You'll still
have to pay your 5 bucks for popcorn and a drink!
I spent the whole 83 minutes stuck to my seat,
wanting to see what was going to happen next?
Carnies has it all! A Strongman, a Geek, Girls, a
Magician, a Vent, Snakes, a Sword Swallower, a very
loving Father of the Fatherless Children, even a
little sex and violence, who could ask for more? Oh
Yes! I almost forgot, there were those Demons that
stalked the Midway!
Now lets take a minute and share the best part of
the movie, It was the Talker, with his interesting
spiel which drew the Marks in turning his tip as we
watched the happy crowd entered the show. But that
wasn't his only appearance, stay tuned you'll need
to see the movie. One of the best lines in the show
was "Bit, and Chewed, Eaten up Yum!" I bet you're
thinking it was the geek, but no! even though he bit
the head off a chicken, you got to remember it was
the depression, waste not, want not. Guess what
they had for dinner?
And the pregnant lady, "she almost had her baby
right there". I know that today's performers count
their success by how many people pass out during
their show. But having a baby, who would have
Most sideshows of that era had freaks, but the only
freaks I saw in this movie was the over acting of
most of the performers. Considering the cast I was
a little surprised.
Shocked and Amazed, sure I was, but not for the same
reasons most of you are shocked and amazed when you
go inside the show. Pickled Punks that cry out from
their jars, shadows on the sidewalls, a stalker,
that looked a little like Tom Waits in a top hat,
and there were those demons, not sure how they fit
in, but it was a KILLER!
Now with that said you gotta see this movie! You
won't believe your eyes. I'm not sure you'll
believe you'll sit through the whole thing. But
you've got to see it!
So with best wishes and a little smile, I know you
will find this a little dark, a little hard to
believe, and I know you'll find a great deal of
disbelief and a large dose of humor.
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right this way, you won't
remember what you paid, but you will never forget
what you are about to see on the inside of Carnies.
John Robinson -
DIRECTED BY: Brian
STARRING: Chris Staviski, Doug Jones, Reggie Bannister, David
Markham, Denise Gossett, Ford Austin and Lee Perkins.
WRITTEN BY: Ron Leming and John B. Nash
STREET DATE: October 12, 2010
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby
U.S. RATING: Not Rated
DISTRIBUTORS: R-Squared Films (USA, Canada)
Runtime: 83 Minutes
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Doug Jones Interview
Reggie Bannister on set Interview
Behind the Scenes of Carnies
"Flying or Falling" Music Video