Does director Darren Lynn Bousman sleep? Since 2010 the prolific filmmaker has helmed Mother’s Day, 11-11-11, The Barrens and The Devil’s Carnival (plus Ninety is in the pipeline). His post-Saw sequel career certainly hasn’t been predictable or dull even if the quality of the films is varied.
For The Devil’s Carnival, Bousman reunited with his Repo! The Genetic Opera writer Terrance Zdunich. The duo has concocted an aggressively bizarre musical that is slight but entertaining. The arresting images and chaotic storytelling are perfectly matched with the madcap songs. It makes for an intoxicating combination.
The story begins with God (Paul Sorvino) casting three lost souls out of heaven. John (Sean Patrick Flanery) is a father grieving over his lost son; Tamara (Jessica Lowndes) is a young woman in some sort of abusive relationship; and Ms. Merrywood (Briana Evigan) is a kleptomaniac. Each is about to lose their life. John is slitting his wrists while Tamara is going to be shot by an abusive boyfriend. Ms. Merrywood finds herself in a home surrounded by the police after stealing some jewelry.