Nothing is more terrifying than a carnival full of fantastic sideshow freaks and oddities as audiences will discover in Sideshow (2000). A group of high school students visit a traveling carnival and revel at the freaks contained within but when they receive a cryptic message of their future from a fortune teller their paths become intricately linked to the carnival whose darker secrets lie just below the surface.
Abbot Graves (Phil Fondacaro) is the carnival ring leader who controls the fate of the high school students who disappear one by one becoming permanent parts of the freakish sideshow where their wildest desires become deadly nightmares.
Written by Benjamin Carr and directed by Fred Olen Ray this is a fun and entertaining indie film that may lack the overt gore and horror of other films but makes up for it with its charm and Fondacaro who steals every scene he’s in. Fondacaro is given a lot of room to explore his devilish character and the special makeup effects are effective.
Sideshow doesn’t break any new grounds as a horror film but it is an entertaining ride that you won’t soon forget and will have you wanting to buy a backstage pass to see the freaks once again.