Imagine if the children of undocumented immigrants were given a similar choice as The Suicide Squad, and that’s sorta what you’re getting in comedy-thriller American Carnage. The film by director/co-writer Diego Hallivis and co-writer Julio Hallivis, features rising stars Jenna Ortega (Scream) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Bumblebee) who are trapped inside of a twisted nursing home by a shady government.
Here’s the synopsis: After a governor issues an executive order to arrest the children of undocumented immigrants, the newly detained youth are offered an opportunity to have their charges dropped by volunteering to provide care to the elderly. Once inside the eldercare facility, the volunteers discover the governor and the facility’s supervisor have cooked up a horrifyingly depraved conspiracy that endangers the young and the old in this twisted thriller-comedy.
Also in the cast are Jorge Diaz, Eric Dane, Allen Maldonado, Bella Ortiz, Yumarie Morales, Catherine McCafferty, and Brett Cullen.
I love this premise, which combines the government conspiracy depths of The Purge with the chills of a haunted penitentiary flick. Plus I’m pretty much willing to invest all of my time and money on anything Jenna Ortega is in right now. This is definitely one I’m keeping a close eye on.
American Carnage opens in theaters and digital/VOD on July 15th.