The Devil’s Carnival review
On Saturday evening we were so fortunate to be able to go and see a performance of The Devil’s Carnival up in Charlotte, NC. Terrance Zdunich and Darren Lynn Bousman were the creators of REPO The Genetic Opera. This is their newest offering. Fans there asked them if they would ever make another REPO movie, and they responded that Lionsgate owns the rights to REPO, and since they are tired of trying to get permission from them, TZ and DLB decided to forge ahead on another project. So let this be a good lesson to all of you artists out there. Be very, very careful about the rights to your art. If you sign away the rights to get more money or more exposure or more of anything you think you can’t live without, you may well regret it in the long run.
The Devil’s Carnival is a movie which is about an hour long. It is only the first in what they plan to be a long installment of films. They are touring around the country with it right now to raise interest. At the performance, we watched the movie and had conversations with Terrance Zdunich, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Emilie Autumn.
I was so excited that Emilie Autumn was there! I am a huge fan of her work and am waiting on pins and needles for her next album to be released. I was torn between the excitement of seeing her and also wanting to tell her to get back home to finish her next album. She has a role in the film, and performs beautifully. There were several of her Plague Rats in the audience who were thrilled to see her.
Here is a link to their site. They have music that automatically plays. Very loudly. I hate that. But if you can get past that, it is a great site.
The movie had great cinematography! I loved the costumes! And the music was pretty good too. My favorite song off the soundtrack is Beautiful Stranger. This song is sung by Ogre and Briana Evigan. Briana has such a lovely voice! It is so evocative, and she really portrays her character so well! This music is much more carnival themed than REPO. REPO of course was more in the operatic style, and The Devil’s Carnival goes for more of the carnie feel, naturally. My second favorite song was In All My Dreams I Drown. The creators held a contest on youTube soliciting fans to record a version of themselves singing this song. The performance on Saturday night showcased several of the entries. They were really quite good! There was one in particular that was REALLY smashing, but I will leave that one a secret. The creators did ask the audience not to give too much away and not to film the movie to put online. I wonder how much success they will have with that. Well, I won’t give all their secrets away.
I really miss Anthony Stewart Head and Sarah Brightman because they brought such a level of excellence to REPO. But they may still end up with roles in any of the upcoming installments. The creators did say that they are talking to quite a few really talented musicians they would like to work with in the future. I highly recommend this movie and the soundtrack.