FACE OFF: "Devil's Carnival" (2012)
"Devil's Carnival" is a self-funded project by the people behind "Repo: The Genetic Opera." Everything about this movie is amazing. The atmosphere, the costumes, the characters, the writing, and the music (you should all buy the soundtrack now!) fire on all cylinders. Nothing here falls flat at all.
"Devil's Carnival" follows three lost souls who recently departed as they enter hell. Each person's tale is based on an Aesop's Fable. I really don't want to mention what tales, though, because it will ruin way to much of the story for you.
Come One, Come All!
The carnival is amazing. The set designers did an amazing job; when I go to hell it better look half as good as this movie. If it doesn't, then it won't be nearly as ominous or creepy. Add in the costume design for the carnies and you get something that is some mythical word that is better than amazing. Ultra-amazing maybe? I not sure we have a word to describe it.
Because this movie was self-funded, they had to do their own publicity. Luckily, "Repo" has such a cult following that they already had a good fan base, but really more people should know about this movie. It is just so great. There are just too many things to like about this movie.
Two more episodes have been written, and there was word that they will continue the story if they can afford it. So please buy this movie and tell your friends. Everyone should have their 'tickets' ready.
Like Jason, I enjoyed the aesthetic of this movie. As a fan of the steampunk genre, I appreciated the Victorian carnival-inspired costuming. The costuming really defines the members of the carnival, including the victims who fall to hell.
This movie is really a series of character sketches rather than a cohesive story, and that's okay - I just wish I would have known this going into the movie. Not everyone lives to suffer in hell, and my favorite character dies about halfway through the movie...but I'm a Joss Whedon fan, so I'm basically used to this treatment.
I recommend this movie to fans of: "Moulin Rouge" and "Alice in Wonderland."
Unremarkable, but worth a shot.