And that was the Question asked often before and after I went to Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival – The Live Experience, sometimes whispered, sometimes shouted during the Q&A. The Answer was different depending on who you talked to, and I love a movie like that. This Horror/ Musical/ Visual sensation is the brain child of cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich, the creators of 2008’s REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA and 2012’s THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL: EPISODE ONE. I watched episode one, on recommendation a month ago from a friend, and was blown away by the skill and artistry of the entire film.When the Prytania Theatre rolled out with this presentation of part two, I truly had no choice but to go. I mean the cinematography, the singing, and the story line of the film is just that good.Now know, gentle reader, that I’m not a long time fan of this, but am quickly becoming one! Speaking of Fans, The Devil’s Carnival has them in spades and the Fandom base is strong. With a devotion I’ve not seen since Rocky Horror Picture Show, this film series is destined to become an immediate cult classic.From what I could gather, this movie is just as much about the Fans, as it is about the fight between Good and Evil (and whats good and evil here is never what it first appears to be). To give you an example, here are just a few photos of some of the Sinners ans Saints who came all dressed up for the show…
But, as I started this review with the question,”What the Fuck is this movie about?” let me cover that a little, without giving too much away.It all starts in Episode one (and if you haven’t seen it, drop everything your doing and download the bloody movie, and if you hate it,well, I can’t give you good taste; only a great review, so I’m sorry)With a story about an obsessed father (Sean Patrick Flanery), a kleptomaniac (Briana Evigan), and a gullible teenager (Jessica Lowndes) Who are cast from Heaven by God (Paul Sorvino). They find themselves trapped in the midway of “The Devil’s Carnival”. The Story becomes a book, read to a child by Lucifer (Terrance Zdunich), and it only gets more interesting from that point on. Part Two brings us a pissed off Lucifer Plotting against Heaven and shows us the “Wonders” of Heavenly Productions Incorporated” Bad things happen to good people, and we find out that which glitters isn’t always gold….Still with me? Good, for that is all I can tell you without giving away more then I’d like of the film.Back to Live Experience. The Merchandise table was filled to the brim with great swag, things that any sinner would adore to possess.The Pre-show and Q&A with Darren Lynn Bousman, Terrance Zdunich and Barry Bostwick, was very personable and well received, and I could tell these guys are real Horror Fans. Instead of feeding us some line of bullshit about how long it took to make the film and how hard it was, they told us how much they loved making it and gave us some real insight on what it’s like being on the road, showing an Indie Film like this.The three gentlemen in question, and the awesome crew that comes with them, go from city to city, some 32 stops, driving in a small van to bring this production to you. That in itself demands some major respect, and I tip My Hat to the dedication they must have to pull off such a feat.
The full cast includes such names as, Victoriandustrial rocker Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), heavy metal hotties the Butcher Babies, Chantal Claret (Morningwood), Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy), Briana Evigan (Step Up franchise), Brea Grant (Heroes), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), J Larose (Insidious), Mighty Mike Murga (Mini Kiss), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Adam Pascal (Rent), rap icon Tech N9ne, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Marc Senter (The Lost), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera).
A great time was had by all, and I do plan on following all of Darren Lynn Bousman’s and Terrance Zdunich’s upcoming projects, they gave us a sneak peak of a few of them, including something called American Murder Song,A collection of original murder ballads by Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman….. you can find more info on it here.http://americanmurdersong.com
I hope you all enjoyed my Review!More info on the Devil’s Carnival can be found on the webpagehttp://www.thedevilscarnival.com/ , go take a look and let me know what you think! Stay Gold Folks….