Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival Review
Synopsis:Lucifer and his carnies are plotting against Heaven. This is how the war begins.
Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival (2015) is an American musical horror movie that is a sequel to Bousman’s short film The Devil’s Carnival (2012). Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)) did a phenomenal job. Darren said the movie is like "(pulling) back the curtain on Heaven… and in ‘The Devil’s Carnival,’ God and his angels are a whole lot darker than Lucifer and his carnies." when he described the film. Writer Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), The Devil’s Carnival (2012), Into the Wild (2007)) also stars in this movie as Lucifer. Terrance said that "Heaven in particular is a very different aesthetic than hell think Golden Age of Hollywood. You have fancy suits, and everything is tailored, an air that everything is perfect and glamorous, but meanwhile in the backdrop of that era you also have the Great Depression." when speaking about the movie. The film contains dark humor, suspense, dark musical that was written and catchy, candy-colored sets, a lot of musical numbers, great actors and thrills.
Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival started with a very intense song, “Shovel and Bone” which was a little bit too long for an opening scene. The Devil’s Carnival devoted more time to explore God, and the audience got a chance to learn more about God and Heaven. The first movie took place in Hell and showed Hell as a nice place once you get past all of the torments, punishments and atmospheres and have an open mind to think of it as home. God (Paul Sorvino - Goodfellas (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), The Rocketeer (1991)) makes the Devil look good when we saw how God runs Heaven. Lucifer (Terrance Zdunich) is in Hell and wants to fight God. I love that some of the characters had back stories that were beneficial to the audience because we get to learn a little more about them and possibly bond with them through the movie.
The movie was paced nicely, and I love how the ending leaves people thinking if there is going to be a next movie in the making. I did not want the film to end, and I was left wanting more and hoping to see hints toward another film. Overall, all horror fans whether a music fan or not should give this movie a try because it is something different, and there should be more of it for entertainment. The cast was terrific in every way, and so was the sets. I gave this movie a nine because I enjoyed it greatly and only found a few flaws that can be overlooked. Some characters did not have a backstory as the movie crew decided that everyone knows most of the characters from the first film - flaw. There were some new characters, and I think they fit seamlessly into the movie.
About Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival (2015)
AKA: Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival
Runtime: 97 minutes
Genre: Horror, Musical
Total Avg. Votes: 268
Writers: Terrance Zdunich
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman