The Devil’s Carnival

Today when I got home from work and, like the facebook fiend I am checked my wall, I saw this Fangoria interview with Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich. For those of you who don’t know, DLB & TZ are the creative minds behind Repo! The Genetic Opera (if you haven’t seen it, shame on you). They are currently promoting their new project, The Devil’s Carnival on a “punk rock” road tour.

I had the AWESOME privilege of catching them along with my husband and our friend Clay when they were in Pittsburgh.

Took us two hours standing in line, but meeting them was worth the wait.

Although the wait to meet them was long, I was glad we decided to wait. For one thing, I’d just paid them a butt-load of money to be able to see the show, and I wanted to let them know it was worth it. As a matter of fact, when I shook hands with Terrance Zdunich, I told him that I’ll keep throwing money at them as long as they keep making movies, and I hope their other fans feel the same way.They were genuinely appreciative that people were coming to see them and excited about their film.

These two guys are incredibly creative and talented. If you’ve seen Repo!, you know Zdunich can write music. I don’t think a week has gone by where I haven’t either listened to Repo!’s soundtrack or had the movie on in the background while I was doing other things. It’s that good. And Bousman obviously knows how to make a quality film with a low budget. They have a vision (so far rather punk-gothic) that is just not what Hollywood puts out, and that’s why they can’t rely on the traditional movie system to get their movies to the masses. They’re not making safe, family-friendly, tried-and-true formula films. They’re making some incredibly interesting artistic choices, and they’re taking risks…with their own money, I might add. .

The hope is that we can do 20 more of these [movies]. We’ve written numerous ones, but it all depends on whether we can recoup our money. We’ve spent a small fortune on this—not in the grand scheme of movies, but in the grand scheme of it coming out of a couple of guys’ bank accounts. So we have to recoup that money. And even the tour’s expensive as hell, because we’re seven people, seven hotel rooms every night, and so we have to recoup not only the film’s budget, but the budget for the tour. Once we do that, the minute we recoup, we’re going to greenlight part two, and we’re going to put DVDs out. We’ve just got to get to that point. -Darren Lynn Bousman

I lovedThe Devil’s Carnival. They use Aesop’s fables as a backdrop to tell the story of three sinners who die, are sent to hell, and are tested. The soundtrack has a “dark carnival” theme throughout each song, and there are excellent vocalists loaning their pipes to the project. I’ve never really heard much of Five Finger Death Punch, but after hearing Emilie Autumn as Painted Doll, I think I’ve got to check them out.

Anyway, if you enjoyedRepo!,or you just want to support a couple of artists, spend the 30 bucks on a ticket and go see them. It’s one of the cheapest concerts you’ll ever attend, and your money goes directly to the artists making the film.

I, for one, can’t wait for the DVD or for volume 2.

My copy of the soundtrack, autographed by Terrance Zdunich, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Brianna Evigan