The Devils Carnival Review

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Darren Lynn Bousman came to fame in 2005 when he directed the much anticipated, Saw 2.  Like the first Saw, this was met very favorably and allowed Bousman to direct Saw 3 and 4 each respectively a year later.  Growing tired of the series for fear of typecasting and lost story, he paired up with buddy Terrance Zdunich to make, Repo! The Genetic Opera.  It was a “Goth Opera” musical that was about 50/50 split between horror fans.  However, it was big enough to allow him to do some cool stuff that he wouldn’t have been able to do before.  Darren and Terrance decided to go against the grain with horror when making, The Devil’s Carnival.  Officially dubbed an experimental horror film; this horror short follows a few lost souls as they are unwillingly thrown in to the Devil’s Carnival.

Grabbing much of the Repo! cast, Terrance and Darren create, on a limited schedule and budget, quite the imaginative world.  Dayton Callie, from Sons of Anarchy fame, leads with support from Bill Moseley, Alexa Vega, Ogre from Skinny Puppy and even Paul Sorvino.  Three people assumed to have been killed start seeing weird things and awaken in a dark and weird place.  In fashion with how victims in Bousman’s Saw movies wake up and explore, our three characters start to wonder around.  Along the way, they meet many strange characters.  Ignoring warning signs, the three lost souls endure some hellish acts of violence and torture.  The movie is told from the narrative of the Devil, portrayed by Zdunich, telling Aesop’s Fables to the son of one of the three lost souls.  Will our characters heed the warning signs and learn a lesson?  Have to watch to find out.

At 55 minutes, I was very wary about this movie.  I personally loved Repo The Genetic Opera and the overall atmosphere that the movie created.  I feel the atmosphere of this movie is a little darker and that’s not a bad thing.  I got an email from Terrance Zdunich promoting this movie all throughout the year and finally the link to the site to buy it….the movie cost 40 or 50 dollars on Blu Ray.  It was insane.  As much as I would love to support them, not for that money ESPECIALLY for something that’s 55 minutes.  One morning, I logged in and on Netflix Instant Stream, The Devil’s Carnival.  What a happy day that was!!

I do recommend checking out this movie.  As with many horror movies, it has an underlying concept of morals and learning lessons the hard way.  The characters are very interesting that will leave you laughing at some and glad you don’t know the rest.  Terrance and Darren have said this is the first of a new series of more tales from the Devil’s Carnival.  I look forward to those and will keep you guys updated when I find out more of them.  Until then, if you have Netflix, check this movie out.  You probably won’t LOVE it, but with how limited of a release it’s getting, eventually it will be buried and hard to find.



3 / 5 stars     


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      1. Sappi November 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        I for one found the film to be one of my favourites yet. I’m not sure if you were expecting Saw, or Repo, because if you were then that would be just as bad as going to a movie and expecting it to be just like a book! TDC is not like any other horror movie out there. It is a horror slash musical and I have followed it from the beginning. I purchased the “insane” $50 DVD that you speak of because I wanted to support the project and make sure it continued. I am pleased to help out with the project and do hope it continues!!
        Granted there may be a few people out there who won’t love it, but I have shown my film to many people and they have even been caught singing the tunes and asking to watch it again. So I don’t know where you get your facts, but my DVD won’t be “buried” for a very, very long time!!

      2. Laura November 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

        Thanks for providing an honest review! I was sick of all the hype, and wondered if something was wrong with me, lol! Also, Emilie Autumn is apparently siccing her 14-year old fans on you, be scared, be very scared, lol!

      3. Samantha Henry November 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        the 50$ DVD is a special limited edition btw, there is a cheaper version available exclusively from Hot Topic.