A Horror Based Musical? Check Out The Devil’s Carnival and You May Be Surprised


The Devil’s Carnival is a 2012 experimental short horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman starring Sean Patrick Flannery, Briana Evigan, Jessica Lowndes,Paul Sorvino, and Terrance Zdunich. Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich had previously worked on the musical film Repo! The Genetic Opera; returning actors and actresses include Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Bill Moseley and Nivek Ogre. The Devil’s Carnival has Aesop’s Fables at the core of its story, with the main characters each representing a fable. Flanery’s character John represents The Devil and His Due, Evigan’s character Merrywood represents The Dog and Its Reflection, and Lowndes’ character Tamara represents The Scorpion and the Frog. (summary from Wikipedia)

During the past year, I have been writing updated news articles about the progression of the second movie helmed  by Bousman. As a huge fan of Repo: The Genetic Opera, I have been very excited to see what the combination of Bousman and Zdunich would bring us viewers. There was curiosity as to whether this would be a continuation of Repo. To be honest, it isn’t. While it may seem to be in the same world, it is not a direct sequel. This story follows the path of three people who, in some way or manner, have been killed (usually by sin) and are now in a creeped out carnival.

I love some of the performances, but I would have to say one of the most surprising is that of Dayton Callie, most recently known as Police Chief Unser on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. He also starred on HBO’s Deadwood as Charlie Utter. To see the typically sarcastic, down to earth Callie playing the ticketmaster was pretty amazing. While his character did retain his normal serious nature, Callie also had a solo that has to be viewed.

One of my favorite performances was by Ivan Moody, lead singer of Five Finger Death Punch. His solo song (A Penny for a Tale) was amazing, with the perfect amount of deep bass lines and some angry lines. “LORD, LORD That greed it’ll kill you.” Added to that, Moody spends the movie dressed up as a hobo clown, which I know some of my readers will love (especially those of you who are so terrified of clowns).

Another amazing scene involves the Twin (Nivek Ogre) and Briana Evigan. Briana is a thief who never seems to learn her lesson. The Twin pulls her into a game for a gigantic diamond against her personal belongings. The Twin transforms into Briana and gives a truly amazing solo. Her voice reminds me somewhat of Stevie Nicks. This transitions into a barely clothed Briana being whipped to death by the Lion Tamer, played by Clown from Slipknot (Shawn Crahan).

Added to these amazing performances, you have a trust/seduction scene involving Marc Senter as The Scorpion and Tamara (Jessica Lowndes), a girl who seems to always fall for the “wrong” guy. Senter plays the scene as the gentle protector, until he gets Tamara into his act where she definitely ends up on the losing side of his sting.

Did I mention that God is played by Paul Sorvino and the Devil is played by Terrance Zdunich?

I really enjoyed this horror musical. It was different enough from Repo: The Genetic Opera that it didn’t feel like it was a ripoff, yet it still felt like it was in the same world. Except this is a world run and controlled by Lucifer himself. If you are looking for something different with a lot of familiar faces and amazing performances, check this movie out. You really won’t be disappointed. It was amazing to see returning faces as well as the fresh folks. Even if you aren’t so much a horror fanatic, you will enjoy The Devil’s Carnival.

If you’ve checked it out, what do you think? Let me know!

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