The Devil’s Carnival was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Terrance Zdunich. It was released officially sometime in 2012. Before I jump into the review of this horror opera, I call it--people do need to understand it a horror musical, yes--a HORROR musical and it's also a film experiment.
Basically, this horror-filled opera is based on Aesop's Fables of three damned souls; a suicidal Father grieving for his dead son, a thief who is killed by the police and a teen who is murdered by her boyfriend. In these tales, they're all implied that they died but they find themselves awakening in Hell at a carnival. On arrival, they meet a ticket keeper and tell the three people there are rules and there are consequences of breaking them.
What made me take notice to the film was when I found out the director financed the film himself. Not only that, but he took the films/show on the road showing it at small movie houses or outdoors on a portable screen. And due to the fan reaction being extremely positive, the director promised to continue his creation.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I do think that everyone should experience this film. I absolutely LOVE the way it's filmed; it's a visual feast for us all to devour. There's a mixture of dark colors but it fits perfectly. It doesn't have REAL horror moments or a lot of brutal killing. But it has the real horror atmosphere and that's something I really admired. It also maintains that dark humor.
I'm really excited to see where the director takes this film. I hope he'll continue to visually awe us and keep up with the awesome ideas. I feel this will be a FANTASTICAL experience for people to enjoy. I wish I would be invited to be a part of this awesomeFEST.