Friday, May 6, 2011

Dark Ride (2006)

Spring Break means New Orleans for this group of five partying college students, but a quick detour lands them at the Dark Ride, an abandoned carnival attraction where two young girls were murdered years earlier. Little do they know that the insane killer from the past has escaped from the mental institute only to return to his favorite amusement park! Although it is drowned by genre cliches and stupid characters, DARK RIDE is familiar enough to create some appeal for most Slasher fans. The attraction that is used for the backdrop provides plenty of spooky atmosphere and jumps along the way to make up for much of the sillier acting and writing, and director Craig Singer is sure to include a number of gruesome deaths to keep the audience interested. Points do go out to Jonah, the film's masked killer, who stalks the teens in his blood-spattered straight-jacket and a creepy doll mask. While it's nothing new, fans of Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE are sure to enjoy it.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked DARK RIDE, check out:
THE FUNHOUSE, HALLOW'S END, THE HILLS RUN RED.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds kind of lame. I think I'll pass on this one. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Argh, this movie totally bites from The Funhouse all the way. Dark Ride wasn't too bad but I definitely prefer the Funhouse crazy mutated carny freaks. They're too awesome.

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  3. This movie could have been sooo great but eventually they totally screwed it up. At times quite enjoyable but overall an insult to Hooper's masterpiece

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  4. This is where I will start taking heat, because I hate THE FUNHOUSE and I actually preferred the cliched ridiculousness of DARK RIDE better. THE FUNHOUSE underuses the carnival theme and should have included so much more in the ride itself IMO.

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  5. Got this movie in the large box of stuff I scored when Blockbuster closed. Going to have to move it up the Que!

    Cheers!

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  6. Froggie, this one is perfect for a fellow lover of evil dilapidated carnivals!

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  7. I thought it was ok, but kept getting distracted that the dude that played "Bill" used to be the chubby kid in movies like "The Sandlot". Although he lost the weight still expected him to tell someone that they played ball like a girl (which would have been funny if they would have worked that in the script).

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  8. Lol it took me half of the movie to figure it out too, bugged me the whole time. I kept thinking he was from Salute Your Shorts until finally I remembered. A lot of promise here, but I thought it was an OK ride!

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  9. Agreed that Jonah was OK, but I found it to be way too slowly-paced... and my pal (the K-Train) couldn't get past the SANDLOT kid... we saw this when it came out and he still refers to this movie as SANDLOT. Thusly, DARK RIDE is not highly regarded in my part of town.

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  10. That damn SANDLOT kid must hate acting life after being typecast. He will never break away from that role, we will know its him trying to sneak into some film when he's 80, and that will become SANDLOT too.

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