"Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival" is a 2016 American dark dream musical film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Terrance Zdunich. It is the sequel to the cult hit, "The Devil's Carnival" (2012), and the 2nd installment in the Devil's Carnival series. The movie features an ensemble cast, consisting of Terrance Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, Dayton Callie, David Hasselhoff, Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick, and other significant stars.Plot Synopsis
The film begins with a mysterious character, known as The Agent (Adam Pascal), checking out the four main characters, June (Emilie Autumn), Ms. Merrywood (Briana Evigan), Cora (Nivek Ogre), and The Watchword (Tech N9ne), telling them that paradise and hell have actually picked a single person from each group to switch places. The purpose of this exchange is to permit paradise and hell to determine which realm holds more power over human souls.
Meanwhile, in Heaven, God (Paul Sorvino) orchestrates a musical to captivate the angels with appealing tunes and wicked stories of sin. When the cast is introduced, it includes the four souls chosen to go to paradise - June, Ms. Merrywood, Cora, and The Watchword. The musical vignettes explore themes of temptation, betrayal, redemption, and the battle in between good and evil.The Musical Vignettes
There are several musical numbers throughout the movie which serve to illustrate different styles and evaluate the characters. Some of the most notable numbers consist of:
1. "Fair Game" - This number includes God teaching the angels about the principle of gaming, and how the angels ought to enjoy watching people suffer for their sins. This song is notable for its upbeat and energetic chorus.
2. "After the Fall" - Performed by The Agent, and featuring God's favorite cantor, Magdalene (Lyndon Smith), "After The Fall" states Magdalene's awful past as she loses her innocence to Lucifer (Terrance Zdunich) and is erupted of paradise. It's a poignant and emotional number in both lyrics and efficiency.
3. "The Watchword's Hour" - A traumatic rock ballad in which the Watchword reveals his dark past as a serial killer who utilized his powerful mind to commit abhorrent crimes. Dayton Callie's performance in this number is powerful and moving.
4. "Alleluia" - The climactic ending, in which the souls of the damned sing of the battle they will wage in the world and in paradise, while the angels mourn the loss of Magdalene to Hell.Heaven and Hell's Battle for Souls
The movie portrays the fight between Heaven and Hell as a high stakes chess video game, with each side contending for control over the human souls they encounter. The musical numbers and the vignettes serve to show the numerous temptations, betrayals, and redemptions that human beings face in the earthly world.
In the end, it is revealed that Heaven has lost the battle for souls, and God pledges to bring his angels down to earth to continue the fight against the forces of darkness. This establishes the phase for a potential third installation in the Devil's Carnival series.Reception
"Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival" received blended reviews from critics, mentioning the film's strong efficiencies, lavish set design, and appealing music. Nevertheless, some criticized the film for doing not have depth in its characters and stories. Despite these reviews, the Devil's Carnival series has acquired a devoted cult following.
In conclusion, "Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival" is a dark and twisted musical that explores the themes of sin and redemption, as well as the eternal struggle between the supernatural forces of good and evil. While its characters may lack depth and development, the movie still handles to impress with its creative visuals, catchy musical numbers, and strong efficiencies from its cast.