IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to Mickey Keating’s “Carnage Park,” reports Variety. The horror-thriller about a 1978 kidnapping premiered in January as part of Sundance’s Midnight section and is currently playing at SXSW in its similarly themed Midnighters section.
Per the film’s official synopsis: “The year is 1978. After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks named Scorpion Joe and Lenny flee the scene with a hostage, Vivian, and lead the local lawmen on a dangerous high-speed chase. With his partner suffering from a gunshot wound and losing blood fast, Joe takes to the back roads to dodge the heat, but he unwittingly steers them into the path of a far more dangerous evil: a psychotic ex-military sniper who doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Thrust into a wicked game of cat and mouse with a highly trained and mentally imbalanced killer, they begin a harrowing fight for survival.”
The film stars Ashley Bell, Darby Stanchfield and Alan Ruck, alongside indie mainstays Pat Healy and Larry Fessenden. It was produced by Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian.
No word yet on when IFC Midnight hopes to release the thriller.