I wanted to curl up and die in this beautiful, horrible world.
Since Mickey Keating’s debut as a writer-director with Ultra Violence (2011), his films have become more stylized and postmodern. This trend is general and not a relentless march with each new release. Still, his most recent effort, Carnage Park (2016), is arguably his most self-conscious bricolage of genres and styles, combining elements of the Western (a la Peckinpah), unconventional storytelling (in the vein of Tarantino’s work), and horror tropes. But does it work (and if so, for whom)?