Monday, January 14, 2013

The Devil's Carnival (2012)

I'll be honest going into this.  I hate musicals, and I wasn't a big fan of Repo! The Genetic Opera.  But this thing has just been glaring at me from my Netflix instant queue, and with an hour to kill before I have to start dinner, I thought I'd give it a shot.  This is only an hour long, and apparently was created with the intention of having more "episodes" to follow.  This is also one of those projects where everyone and their mom makes an appearance.  We've got Alexa Vega (from Repo!) Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy) Bill Moseley, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Paul Sorvino.  Daryn Lynn Bousman is at the helm, and apparently filming was completed in 7 days, elaborate makeup and all.

The Devil's Carnival is the story of three people who have committed various sins in their lives, and find their way to a carnival run by the devil.  As they say, hell is repetition, and they are doomed to repeat the same misdeeds that brought them here.  John (Flanery) committed suicide after the death of his young son.  Ms. Merrywood (Briana Evigan) is shot to death by police after stealing.  And Tamara (Jessica Lowndes) is killed by an abusive boyfriend.  Everything seems to be based on Aesop's fables, of which I don't remember much, so I'm no help there.  The unfortunate part is that there wasn't much character development, and I couldn't really bring myself to care about any of the three "sinners."  Any room for backstory or explanations was filled with singing by the "carnies."

The costumes and makeup in this movie were really incredible, and the songs were great if you're into that type of thing.  I get the vibe from the IMDB reviews that this is one of those cult movies where people are either "meh" or "OMFG THIS IS MORE THAN A MOVIE!1!1!1!"  I get the feeling that this just either wasn't my type of movie, or it just went right over my head.  It definitely isn't in the same league as Repo! and although I'm glad I checked it out to satisfy my curiosity, I won't be rushing to see any of the follow-up installments.