Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Simone-Elise Girad and A.C. Petersen
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars
When a honest-to-God monster escapes from the carnival freak show where it has been on display, a small-town sheriff (Phillips) faces danger not just from the monster itself but from those around him and their hidden agendas.
"Carny" is one of those rare films that showed up on TV under the "A SyFy Original Movie" banner that is a great monster flick. The special effects are a little dodgy at times, but the acting is decent all around, the dialogue is solid, the characters are well enough drawn that the viewer comes to care about them, and the story is well-paced. The final showdown between hero Lou Diamond Phillips and the escaped creature is one of the better monster fights to grace a first-run film on the SyFy Channel.
I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up again this October--it should... it's one of their better films. Check it out if it does.