I love it when movies make you think they’re going in one direction and then become something completely different about halfway through. It’s a jarring experience that’s perfect for the horror genre, and if this trailer is any indication, American Carnage just might be one of those films.
The movie is about a group of youths who are detained after their governor issues an executive order to arrest the children of undocumented immigrants in his state, and after they’re detained, they’re given an opportunity to have their charges dropped if they volunteer to help care for some senior citizens. They take the deal, but they soon realize that there’s something terrifying going on at the elder care facility where they’re working.
For the first half of this trailer, the film seems pretty grounded. It appears to be about the hardships that undocumented immigrants experience in America today, and it looks pretty good. It has a handful of funny jokes, and the characters all seem pretty likable, so I’m looking forward to getting to know them better.
Then, at about the midway point, everything changes. You realize that something is very wrong with this place, but you’re not quite sure what it is. Is it just some sort of sinister conspiracy, or is there something even more nefarious happening? The trailer does eventually let us know that American Carnage is going to have some sort of supernatural or paranormal element to it, but even then, we still don’t know what exactly is going on.
This makes for a really intriguing mystery, so I can’t wait to spend more time with these characters and find out the truth behind this creepy elder care facility. And thankfully, that wait isn’t going to be long at all. American Carnage hits VOD on July 15, so we’ll be getting to see it in just a bit over a month.