If you’ve ever felt the need to watch a poor copycat of the basic script find of “Run!”, in which the central twist seems lazily lifted from “Soylent Green”, then this unacceptably made b-movie might be for you. “American Carnage” follows the trend of modern horror, which wants horror films to comment on current politics, so it borrows its title from a quote from Donald Trump during yet another far-right racist frenzy. The case concerns a group of undocumented immigrant children who are arrested without warning. To save their own, they are forced to work in a nursing home, but a living nightmare awaits them.
The film’s theoretically good intentions are undone in practicesince through the mixing of (derogatory) body horror and (horrible) humor, a painfully silly social criticism develops, which more exploits than talks about the plight of hundreds of thousands of citizens, reaching the point of marginally satirizing them.
USA. 2022. Duration: 101′. Distribution: WEIRD WAVE.
A group of undocumented immigrant children are forcibly arrested and forced to work in a nursing home so their parents can avoid deportation, unaware that a living nightmare awaits them there.