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Carny: Maneater Series

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When a traveling carnival comes to a rural Nebraska town, the caged attraction everyone is talking about is the alleged Jersey Devil. When the beast escapes, tearing the citizens to shreds, local sheriff Sam Atlas steps up to form a tracking team.

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  • Actors: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Directors: Sheldon Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nothing better on a rainy Sunday afternoon then checking out a sub-par B horror flick centered around some Garden State folk lure. While trying to make an informed B decision we read up about Carny which is based on the Jersey Devil. After reading the premise and seeing Lou Diamond Phillips was running the show we figured..sure why not? We haven't done a creature feature in a while anyway. Have to say this one was pretty decent in a hilarious B horror kind of way. In no way could this film possible scare you, unless you've got some kind of mental issue, but it will leave you entertained with some low budget computer generated creature goodness.

Lou Diamond Phillips plays the town police Chief, Chief Diamond Phillips as he prepares for a freakshow circus to set up shop. Now the local folk aren't very pleased with thought of these wierdos coming through and protest to Chief Diamond Phillips their discontent. See it's a very old school religious area removed from most of normal civilization and they don't want the freaks and their damn video machines ruining the towns stale charm. Despite their warning Chief decides to let the show go down eventually leading to the main attraction escape. Problem here is the main event happens to be a vicious hungry creature called the Jersey Devil. Once this thing gets loose all these Southern Jersey hicks start getting ripped apart limb from limb. Their only hope lies in their fearless chief to bring an end to the nightmare. Thankfully Lou is a third cousin to Apache so naturally in the end he takes care of business.

Carny turned out to deliver exactly what it expected...well I'm not used to that but that's fine.
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Continuing my streak of subjecting myself to every monster movie ever shown on the Syfy channel, I came across Carny. I've had some pretty disturbing experiences from both sides of the "freak" world - I've worked with disabled people who were hurt and frustrated by the prejudices against them and I've had a showdown with a carnie (it ended well, I got my money back). So I always approach "freakshow" movies with some trepidation, fearing that the monster will be an exploitation of a person with a legitimate disability. I needn't have worried. Carny is only peripherally about the carnival.

What Carny really is about is the Jersey Devil. But then, the title of "Jersey" or "Devil" probably wouldn't have been nearly as enticing. The movie's namesake is actually Cap (Alan C. Peterson), the carnival owner. And it becomes clear in the first few minutes that Carny was named after a monster after all. Cap is as sleazy as they come, ruthlessly sacrificing whoever gets in his path to make a quick buck off of the Jersey Devil.

When the Jersey Devil eventually makes its debut, it's a pleasant CG surprise. The beast looks like drawings of the Jersey Devil - and could, if you squint your eyes, be a fill-in for the Amazing Bat Boy. The Jersey Devil interacts appropriately with its environment and its attacks are mostly off camera. Instead we only see the thing's handiwork - faceless corpses and bits of bodies. Director Sheldon Wilsdon knows precisely where to spend his limited budget.

Two other forces opposed the carnies: Sheriff Atlas (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Preacher Owen (Vlasta Vrana). Atlas just wants to keep the peace, but Owen believes the carnies and their devil are Satan's-spawn that must be destroyed.
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Carny is a film about a traveling side-show that comes to Sheriff Lou Diamond Phillipp's town. The owner of the freak-show purchases a rare beast that he has no idea what it is, but assures himself it will make him a fortune. It turns out what the beast is the Jersey Devil, or so they claim, looks more like a bat to me. Things go bad for the side-show and town when good ole J.D escapes and rips the town a new one.

The film contains the typical small-town red-neck community with the only brains in town being souley owned by the Sheriff. Everyone else takes there orders from the Pastor of the town who warns the people that the devil is amongst them. Then the typical things in this kind of a movie take place.

Overall, it's watchable, but don't expect any scares or gores, as it's one of those low budget mad-for-television things Phillips is now known for. It may be a bit of a pop-corn flick, but don't spend more on renting this thing the price of the pop-corn itself, if you wait for this to be shown on TV again, you won't kick yourself about it.
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2009's "Carny" is a tv monster-on-the-loose flick about a carnival stopping at a New York town with a new attraction, a gargoyle-like creature that turns out to be the infamous Jersey Devil. The town's prominent pastor initially objects to the freakshow and goes over the edge after the creature gets loose. The sheriff (Lou Diamond Phillips) rounds up some men to end the slaughter of innocents while the malevolent carny owner wants to recapture the creature for greedy purposes.

Being a fan of winged-monster flicks like "Gargoyles" (1972), "Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness" (2004), "Wyvern" (2009) and even "Jeepers Creepers (2001), I was really looking foward to "Carny." But after a very intriguing start I was let down.

The opening act with the introduction of the town, the characters, the carnival and the creature is the best part, but the film fumbles the ball in the second and final acts. Circus-like scenarios are a surefire setting for horror/mystery tales, as verified by "The Funhouse" (1981), "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983) and even "The Howling VI: The Freaks" (1991), but "Carny" fails to truly capitalize on this attribute.

The Human interest factor is next to zero. We get three main characters: The evil freakshow owner, the wacko pastor and a likable sheriff. Peripheral characters include the carnival owner's henchman, the pastor's son & friend, and a cougar fortune-teller, Samara. Although the story throws in a self-sacrificial scene there's not enough depth to these characters or their relationships to make it moving.

The second act involves a search-in-the-woods for the creature by the two groups noted above and I appreciated the serious, non-campy vibe (even while the villain and the Reverend treaded the waters of cartooniness).
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