The Devil's Carnival


Horror / Musical

IMDb Rating 6.0/10 10 4671 4.7K

Top cast

Briana Evigan as Ms. Kathleen Merrywood
Jessica Lowndes as Tamara
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512.28 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
12 hr 55 min
Seeds 7
1.03 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
12 hr 55 min
Seeds 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TedStixonAKAMaximumMadness 6 / 10

Decently entertaining, but too rushed and simplistic for it's own good, "The Devil's Carnival" is fun, but flawed...

From Terrance Zdunich, creator of "Repo: The Genetic Opera", and Darren Lynn Bousman, director of the film adaptation of "Repo", as well as "Saw" II-IV comes the short film anthology "The Devil's Carnival", an insane, musical horror/comedy centering on three people who have died and ended up in Hell, where the must contend with various obstacles.

This is an entertaining, yet highly flawed film.

We follow John (Sean Patrick Flannery), a grieving father who committed suicide, Tamara (Jessica Lowndes) who trusts people too easily and was killed by her boyfriend, and petty thief Ms. Merrywood (Briana Evigan) whom was gunned-down presumably by police. All three awaken near the "Devil's Carnival", a twisted sideshow in Hell run by and populated by various demons, harpies and oddball characters, and of course headed by Lucifer himself. (Zdunich)

Meanwhile, Lucifer reads to a young child from Aesope's Fables, narrating stories that mirror the struggles of the three main characters as they are forced into dark, deadly tests.

The film is fairly simplistic and has a decent structure, and is populated by a handful of well-done musical numbers. (It is a bit of a Rock Opera, to be honest, similar to Repo) The musical numbers may not be too memorable, but they're an absolute blast, and are very well- written and performed.

Characters are developed just enough for it's short 50-or-so-minute run- time. Although the only character you will really care about is John, as he's far more sympathetic than Merrywood or Tamara.

The supporting cast (including Bill Mosely, Alexa Vega, Emilie Autumn and others as the cast members of the Carnival) are a lot of fun, but aren't really developed.

And the camera-work, though decent for a short film, is a bit too chaotic at times. During the titular musical number "The Devil's Carnival", the camera seems to randomly glide around rather than follow any sort of direction, which kind of distracted from it.

I also take issue with the pacing of the story. Well it is well- structured, the film bogs itself down too much in the first 10-or-so minutes, making the rest of the film feel needlessly rushed.

But for what it is, it's worth seeing. The music is good, the characters are memorable despite uneven development, and it's a fine little short film.

I give "The Devil's Carnival" a slightly-above-average 6 out of 10. Fans of Zdunich, Bousman or horror in general should check it out.

Reviewed by squirrel_burst 6 / 10

I'm not sure I understood it, but I liked it enough to recommend it

"The Devil's Carnival" is very much a Darren Lynn Bousman's pet project. It's unmistakable for anything else and that means if you liked his previous work in "Repo! The Genetic Opera" you'll be familiar with the style of horror and rock opera presented in this short film, so you'll enjoy it a lot. The plot? Well I can't say I can really recall it very well and some of It is because it's confusing at times. I remember a lot of cool visuals, some similarities with Aesop's fables, demons, knife-throwing, Bill Moseley in makeup and Alexa Vega looking pretty sexy. In all honesty it's not my fault, this is a picture that you kind of need to watch more than once.

While the songs aren't as polished as the ones in his previous work, the sets and costumes are impressive and for a low budget production, it looks great. I found the story to be scrambled though, which frustrated me because I love the idea of this demonic carnival (and I've always wanted to see it done well since I saw "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story). The upside is that if you like it, the picture is short so you'll be able to watch it multiple times to clarify the confusing bits. Similarly, it's a lot of style over substance and if at first you don't really care for it, it's just not your thing. It's a love it, or hate it kind of thing and I bet the way to really appreciate It would be to view it with someone who's already fallen In love with it and can clarify some of the plot elements or give you factoids on all of those cool little details. I enjoyed it enough that I think you should check it out, if only to see If It will be your kind of thing. (On DVD, November 15, 2012)

Reviewed by chickensgoodforthefunnyb 7 / 10

Original and Visually Stunning

'The Devil's Carnival' invokes a sense of wonder and morbid curiosity when you enter through its gates. The film's soundtrack lends to this childlike atmosphere, as well. Don't be fooled, however, as the use of Aesop's Fables as a storyline is something very unique and gives the Carnival a greater sense of maturity. Each fable is covered thoroughly and is made accessible to a wide range of ages by giving the songs a nursery rhyme feel. As a multi episode project, do not expect to have all questions answered, but for the sake of criticism there are some open ends that I would have liked answered, many of which pertain to the sinners brought to hell. I left the theatre not understanding what exactly happened to John's son (dead, but was it his fault or...?), why Tamara is going to hell (all teen girls must be going to hell if it's just for picking bad boyfriends), and why was Merrywood's trailer shot down by police when it looks like she just stole a bunch of things? The movie can be visually intense (strobe lights, fast movement, etc.) which can lead to missed details, but some things just didn't sit well with me. As I've seen one reviewer online write, I would have preferred a little more back story for clarification, even if that meant shortening/cutting a song or two. Overall, I can say that this is definitely a film worth watching, and I very much look forward to the second installment and DVD release.

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