Touring all around the United States, Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV) brought “The Devil’s Carnival” to Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival for a special Sunday night midnight screening. This event was added into the festival at the last minute and tickets were more expensive than the regular Fantasia tickets because it was a whole circus event before the show, including a juggler, a half-naked woman playing with a boa, and a costume contest hosted by the Devil’s Carnival’s hostess, not to mention the Q&A session with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor/writer Terrance Zdunich after the screening.
I didn’t get to see “Repo! The Genetic Opera”, but it involves a great deal of the same cast and is done in the same style; a horror-musical. One of my personal favourites, Bill Moseley, plays a small role in the movie, in addition to Terrance Zdunich himself, who plays Satan. Apparently, it took Zdunich 4.5 hours just to get into make-up, and 1 hour to get out of it, and it was well worth it, because his make-up is flawless.
In “The Devil’s Carnival”, 3 different sinners are brought into a theme park to endure punishments for their sins, intertwined with songs here and there. I went into this movie with an open mind, since I’m not one to appreciate musicals. To my surprise, it wasn’t that bad; the music was alright, the actors were decent, and the make-up and costumes were great.
Bousman stated afterwards that he plans on doing much more of these, as a sort of sequel or follow up episodes, like a TV show. He said that his movie was like a mixture of a hellacious, bizarre carnival and “Tales from the Crypt”, as throughout the movie, the Devil was reading tales of each sinner to a little boy. He even said that the next episode will shed light on God and his angels, but that in this series, God is actually the bad guy and that Satan is the protagonist.
All in all, it was an alright movie and an entertaining event altogether. I suppose you would appreciate the movie more if you’re really into musicals. This is why “The Devil’s Carnival” receives a rating of 3 stars out of 5.