Starring: Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Patrick Renna, David Clayton Rogers, Alex
Solowitz, Andrea Bogart

Director: Craig Singer

Synopsis: A group of six friends on a road trip stop off at an amusement
park attraction named 'Dark Ride', unaware that a psychopath who brutally
murdered two girls, has just escaped a mental institution and is seeking
refuge there.


I was so excited when I heard that they were going to have all the
Horrorfest DVDs for sale. I couldn't make it out to see any of them when
they were playing in theatres around Halloween time. As soon as I read
about this particular one's plot I knew I just had to see it. "Dark Ride" is
about a Horror Attraction ride on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ that is
home to an unthinkable murder that shocked those around it. Now nearly a
decade later the boardwalk is re-opening the ride. Jonah, the killer escapes
his confinement at the mental institution and returns to the only place he
has ever called home. I don't know why but even as a kid I loved horror
movies that took place inside those spooky attractions. "Fun house," "He
knows Your Alone" -even though it was only a scene or two and now
"House of 1000 Corpses" remain among my top ten horror favorites.

There is just something creepy about being in such a spooky environment
and having to deal with a maniac stalking you. It's like everywhere you turn
there is something scary, never is there anything comforting to grasp onto
for's completely unnerving. With no windows in sight you stumble
through each of the attractions scenes almost in total darkness trying to
find the way out. I'm telling you, I couldn't get into this movie quick
enough. I knew I would like it on the sole fact of where it was taking place
but it ended up being more than just that. It was the urban legend that as
a kid had me nervously looking over my shoulder as we coasted slowly in
our wooden boats through the moat underneath the "Dracula's Castle"
attraction in Wildwood NJ.

I remember looking through a "Brigantine Castle" brochure at my
campground and wanting to go there so bad but being scared out of my
12year old mind kept me from doing so. I never made it there and it's now
just another famous burned down attraction that can never be brought
back to it's glory. I know that there's different strokes for different folks in
the horror movie department, but if you have that insane fondness of
things in your yesteryear like the smell of the ocean, buttered popcorn at
the drive in as you sneakily watched "Friday the 13th part 2" on the giant
screen at the Drive In when you were really supposed to be watching
"Nation Lampoons Paris something or other," or snuck on those rides after
your parents told you not to because you'd have nightmares will most likely
enjoy this movie as much as I did.

Overall: 8/10
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2006

Runtime: 94 minutes

Studio: Lion Gate


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