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

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-28-03-am

CIRCUS KANE

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

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s