Blake Crane reviews “Circus Kane” and “Wetlands” for Film Pulse



There’s a much-hyped horror film featuring a monstrous clown releasing this week, and there’s also Circus Kane hitting VOD. The low-budget schlocker has its handcrafted charms, but the production is penny wise and pound foolish. Instead of completely embracing the simplicity and having fun, Circus Kane becomes cluttered with genre references and strings out a lame reveal we couldn’t possibly care about and doesn’t even really matter.


Wetlands is a talky crime drama with very little to say. Writer/director Emanuele Della Valle goes for a drab mood, putting a collection of forlorn, flawed characters in a dreary setting, ruminating on past transgressions and dealing with present troubles. While a talented cast occasionally elevates the dreariness, the glitchy story is more dull than distressing or dirty.

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