Movie Review: RITUAL – indie horror that’s long on talk, but worth watching.

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Finally got around to watching Mickey Keating’s Ritual last night – have a look at my reviews of his other movies (Carnage Park, Darling, Pod) if the mood grabs you.  If you do, you’ll find I’m mostly a fan of his work – I’m appreciative of how prolific he is too.  In terms of movie production, the only person I can think of who is that busy is Clint Eastwood.  It took me a while to find this movie, and although I generally avoid reading other people’s reviews, I was unlucky enough to stumble across a number of negative ratings on the web.  I’m not exactly sure why.

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Movie Review: POD

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Pod, from prolific indie auteur Mickey Keating (Darling, Carnage Park) is another entry in the Cabin In The Woods subgenre, but while it lacks ambition in terms of story, that’s the perils of low budget moviemaking.  It’s more a testament to Keating’s skill and ambition as a moviemaker that he can get so much work done and with such diverse storylines that you can’t help be swayed to his side.  For me, he’s a middle of the road writer/director, but I have wondered how much growth could happen in his work if he were to be given a budget where he doesn’t have to worry about the small stuff.

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Movie Review: DARLING – Everything works in Mickey Keating’s best movie to date, with a terrific lead performance by Lauren Ashley Carter

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I’m not exactly sure which came first of Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park and Darling, but I know they were filmed fairly close together, and are wildly different from each other.  It’s fair to speculate that while Keating’s still finding his feet, he has the potential to become a “name” director in a few years.

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Movie Review: CARNAGE PARK – Indie auteur Mickey Keating is back with a tense 70s-styled thriller

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I think I had at least heard the title of Carnage Park when it was recommended to me over the past week, but I knew almost nothing about it.  A quick trip to the web told me it was purportedly based on a true story (which I now doubt), and while the description didn’t set me alight, it seemed worth a watch.   Set in the late 70s, this is less of a horror movie (though it’s not a stretch to say it’s vaguely similar to The Hills Have Eyes) than it is a old-school thriller – other than the more adult content (The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero is thanked in the closing credits), it’s something that could have been a Quinn Martin production (if anyone can remember those!) back in the day.

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