CENTRAL PARK (2017) Reviews and overview

 

‘We came together, we leave together.’

Central Park is a 2017 American horror slasher film written and directed by actor Justin Reinsilber, making his directorial debut. The Feast and Bourbon Films production stars Grace Van Patten, Marina Squerciati and Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day; Half to Death).

Six best friends, high school students, prepare for a night of fun. School is boring, family life unbearable, and Harold and his friends have turned Central Park into their ‘spot’. Unbeknownst to them, a revenge-seeking executioner prepares to kill them off one by one to pay for the sins of the father…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Central Park suffers from some problems that follow slasher movies, like the weak acting that is borderline absurd, and a script that promotes many unrealistic situations just to force the plot in one direction and increase the body count. The deaths are fairly creative and are well done and many unexpected, which play in its favor either on purpose or as a consequence of a defective script.” 10th Circle

“With strong production values, equally strong performances and a promising first half – Central Park gets lost and eventually falls apart – trying something new structure-wise, but falling far short. Central Park gives you good things – hell great things! – and then squanders the connection made with its audience by not following through on what could have been a truly great experiment.” Horrorfreak News

“It’s not spectacular, but there are a heck of a lot worse films out there. Arguably, as a first film, Central Park shows some signs of promise. We’re definitely willing to check out his next film, for what that’s worth. Basically recommended for horror fans in the mood for some competent slasher business.” J.B. Spins

“A simple slasher set in Central Park this is not but it might have been better going in that direction. Instead, it feels like the writer had several different ideas for a movie and squeezed them all into one. It’s not without highlights but Central Park feels like it should be more exciting.” Nerdly

“Like New York City itself, Central Park is a dense melting pot, its distinctive ideas and identities threatening to overwhelm the fairly basic but enjoyable slasher film at its core.” Starburst

Cast and characters:

Justin Reinsilber … The Man
Grace Van Patten … Leyla
Justiin A. Davis … Harold Smith
Deema Aitken … Mikey
Ruby Modine … Sessa
Guillermo Arribas … Felix
Michael Lombardi … Daniel Shaw
Sarah Mezzanotte … Willa
Astor School Student
Denys Chernyshov … Astor School Student
Anna Miroshenkova … Astor School Student
Lahsann Cunningham … Astor School Student (as Lahsann Rogers)
Olivia Mendez … Astor School Student
Michael Antwi … Astor School Student
Loretta Char Vereen … Astor School Student

Filming locations:

Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York

Release:

Central Park premiered at Dances with Films at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Los Angeles on June 3, 2017.