Well that was fun, wasn't it?! This week we checked out The Devil's Carnival, written by Terrance Zdunich (rocked the role of Lucifer and also wrote and starred in Repo! The Genetic Opera) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (he also directed Saw II, III, IV, and Repo!). I have to say, for all the gore and scare factor that this horror movie really isn't (and purposefully so...it needs not a bit of it), it's replaced and undoubtedly supassed by a ton of literary fun and well executied Rock Opera.
I'll be honest: it's probably the band geek in me that makes me love this feature (as I did with Repo!). In my opinion, it just seems like a step-up in the game to do a horror/musical mixed-genre film. I mean you're essentially getting 2 layers of entertainment; 3 if you cound spotting cameos like Bill Moseley and Dayton Callie (of recent SoA fame).
The last short story (I should mention here that the three short stories in the movie are based off of Aesop's Fables) got a little more serious and reminded me that it wasn't just a fun loving, dance-and-sing-along.
This was probably a deviation from the norm for me. I mean I loved it and as stated above, never one to turn away from music and dancing in cinema, but for the most part I'm usually looking for lots of blood, guts, and unhealthy amounts of unnecessary nekkidness. This gave me none of that, but I was definitely entertained from start to finish. Who can argue with that?!
At 55 minutes, it's definitely a short watch. Couple that with the fact that not once did I even think about looking at my watch, and the 55 minutes goes by like 15. With the sequel The Devil's Carnival: Alleluia! forthcoming, this served not only as a great film, but also a huge teaser of what's to come.
I give this one 7 out of 10 cleavers. And if you could hear me read this review aloud, I'm actually singing it with brilliant theatrical gusto.
Can I get an AMEN, ya'll?!
Here's the link to the imdb for more details, and the twitters for Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich. GO and tell them they kick much ass!!
Dancing around my cubicle with makeup on,