The Devil’s Carnival (2012)

Hell is one of those places that can be a different thing for different people.  Some folks believe it to be a lake of fire where you burn for eternity; but in this film, it’s a spooky carnival.  The Devil is the star of the show, of course, but all of his minions take on the persona of people and freaks you might find at your typical carnival: clowns, magicians, barkers and ticket takers.  The Devil selects a few of these folks to help with tonight’s show, as three special guests will be joining them.

Three people will be tempted by the things that led to their own death, if they repeat their actions, they will be damned forever, but should they learn the error of their ways… a chance to go to heaven awaits!  We meet a thief killed by the police, stealing treasure from the carnival left and right.  She plays a game of chance for a huge diamond knowing full well what will happen if she loses.  A pretty young lady, who was murdered by an abusive boyfriend she keeps going back to, is tempted in hell by another guy she knows she probably should be with. And finally, a father overcome by grief who killed himself over the death of his son, searches the carnival for his boy, only to be let down time and again.  All of these stories are set to music as the devil reads from Aesop’s Fables, where each story mirrors one that is on the screen.

Alex’s Thoughts: First off, I didn’t know it was a musical, but I’m fine with that; it was just sort of a shock.  While some of the songs are just so-so, the performances are good, and a few of the songs are pretty catchy.  What I liked most about this were the sets, which are just a sensory overload, as well as the different designs of the characters in the carnival, with a few actors you might recognize.  It has a very distinctive mood and it what you would imagine a carnival in hell being like.  At less than an hour, it is a quick watch, and would be appreciated by those looking for something different.  Alex Rates This Movie 9/10

Tim’s Thoughts:As I watched this, I kept thinking of things that I would have liked to see, or how they could tell the story better, but by the end, I gave in and just enjoyed what was presented to me. It’s consistent in it’s themes, and even if I think some of them are flawed or not perfectly executed, this is a unique film and worth watching. For me I thought that all the surprises were telegraphed, but once I got over that, I was able to enjoy the mood and tone that they put up on the screen. Horror fans should definitely watch this, but don’t expect gore, expect a moody set piece with some interesting songs. Tim Rates This Movie 8/10

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