Off To Hell We Go

Welcome back to another installment of weird horror gothic musicals! This week’s feature is “The Devil’s Carnival,” a 2012 film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who is known for directing many of the Saw movies and is the same director of last week’s feature, “Repo! The Genetic Opera.”

“The Devil’s Carnival” is exactly what you think it sounds like. Taking place in hell, which is a carnival (fun!), three new arrivals are greeted by the Ticket Keeper. The three new souls have all met an untimely end, one being killed by her boyfriend, a suicide, and a burglar who gets shot.

Throughout the musical, the new citizens participate in a retelling of different Aesops Fables that reflect their own personal story. I do want to point out that there are some situations I definitely do not agree with in this movie. For instance, if hell does exist, I do not believe that someone who commits suicide automatically ends up there. If things like suicide and domestic violence are triggers for you, I probably would not recommend this movie musical to you.

Lucifer and his Woe Maidens

Visually, the movie musical is a treat. Between the costumes, the makeup, and the set, you will not be bored. The film also features many of the same cast as “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” The singing in this one is, okay, maybe not the greatest, but if you are looking for some musical horror, you will not be disappointed in “The Devil’s Carnival.”

Have you seen this film, or it’s sequel, “Alleluia”? Who’s your favorite carnie and why? Let us know! ✌🏽


  1. I love musicals, but defiantly not horror. There is a reason why I don’t want to watch Sweeney Todd: to grotesque for my tastes. The only haunting like musical I actually love is Phantom of the Opera

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