As anyone who knows me is aware, I’m not that keen on musicals. Give me a film everyday of the week.
I do have to say I was very impressed with Darren Lynn Bousman’s latest effort ‘The Devil’s Carnival’, which kind of does what it says on the tin.
Three seperate ‘sinners’ are transported to the carnival, and by various methods are shown the sins they have committed in real life.
Overseen by big red himself (Terrance Zdunich) we see the characters struggle with their poor decision as they face a final reckoning carnival style.
Visually the musical/short film is delicious with all of the twisted carnies such as the Scorpion, Hobo Clown and The Magician (Bill Moseley) fleshed out and given their own little back story.
The mood is creates is almost hypnotic as we are drawn deeper and deeper into what is effectively a snapshot of hell, we start to care for these people and their plights. Keeping it very tight at 56 minutes long ‘The Devil’s Carnival’ succeeds where many feature length horror films have failed, in frightening and entertaining us.
In a time when we are screaming out for originality within the horror genre, maybe a song and a dance may be worth adding to the party sometime soon.