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Tuesday, August 11th, saw the highly anticipated world premiere of Repo! The Genetic Opera and Saw series director Darren Lynn Bousman’s Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival (review) at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA, and Dread Central was there to document the event.

A sequel to Bousman’s 2012 musical cult hit The Devil’s Carnival (review) (in which a motley crew of recently deceased face the sins they committed in life in the titular satanic gala), Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival expands on the Terrance Zdunich-scripted universe by not only returning to and exploring Lucifer’s lair, but by setting a majority of the action in his adversaries’ domain: Heaven.

So, what can audiences expect? A head-spinning piece of cinema, overflowing with top-notch cinematography, editing, production, and costume design, Alleluia! Devil’s Carnival wastes no time in introducing the viewer to the previously hinted at and brewing war between Heaven and Hell, and it quite simply never lets up.

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With a more cohesive narrative than its rather confusing precursor (Carnival acolytes, please don’t send me hate mail), a visually stunning opening, a stand-out second act Adam Pascal-sung swing number called “Give Me Two Hallelujahs and an Amen,” and an entirely commanding performance by Emilie Autumn as The Painted Doll (channeling here a pitch perfect 1940’s ingénue in the film’s heavenly backstory), there’s a lot to like here. Supporting players Kristina Klebe as Geraldine and Lyndon Smith as Cora further lend gravitas to the proceedings.

Conceptually, Zdunich’s expansion of the universe is a welcome thing, lending depth to the series’ returning characters as well as painting an unsettling depiction of the inner-workings of Heaven and of the deity who runs it (Sorvino, as God). It’s unique, intriguing and altogether colorful, and, because this is a Devil’s Carnival film, it’s also deliciously blasphemous.

On hand for the sold-out event (in addition to the jesters, mimes, barkers, and sword-swallowers who whipped the faithful into a pre-screening frenzy in the theater’s courtyard) were director Bousman and wife and producer Laura Bousman, writer and actor Zdunich, and (take a breath) cast members Sorvino, Pascal, Klebe, Smith, Marc Senter, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Ted Neeley, Jimmy Urine, Chantel Claret and Heidi Shepard (of The Butcher Babies), Carla Harvey, Mike Murga, Alexis Brandt, Alisa Burket, Natalie Castillo, Stephanie Hyden, Maddisyn Carter, Sydney Meyer, Andrea Nelson, Francesca Vannucci, and Kevin Payton.

Producer Sean E Demmott, co-producer Kimmie Yan, and associate producer Spooky Dan Walker were also on hand, as were FX artists George Frankadakis and Gage Hubbard.

Tuesday’s premiere served as a kick off, as Alleluia! Devil’s Carnival commences in truly punk rock fashion its U.S. tour on August 26. Eschewing studio intervention in not only the production of their film but also in their distribution method, Bousman and crew, as they did in 2012, have remained loyal to their DIY aesthetic. And with the Carnival soon once again on the road, I for one believe that fans will be quite pleased with the visually and aurally stunning result (and that they will additionally clamor for a third in the series in order to witness the climatic showdown so teased in Alleluia!).

Visit TheDevilsCarnival.com for more info.  Also be sure to check out The Devil’s Carnival on Facebook and follow The Devil’s Carnival on Twitter.

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Exclusive: Director Jeremy Wechter and Exec Producer P.J. Starks Talk The Viral Demon

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I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never had an issue with found footage flicks. I know there are a ton of horror fans out there that all but detest the subgenre, but I’m always down for a first-person fright flick.

Speaking of which, today we wanted to bring you not only the trailer for writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s upcoming The Viral Demon (review), but we also had the chance to speak with producer PJ Starks and writer-director Jeremy Wechter about the film and you can check out their exclusive quotes below.

After looking through all of that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what do you think of writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s The Viral Demon thus far below!

“Jeremy contacted me back in September with questions regarding distribution following the release of VOB: Horror Stories,” Starks told us. “We got to chatting and I found out more about his film The Viral Demon, which I was then fortunate enough to see. I liked his approach and the narrative he devised is pretty inventive. I hadn’t yet dabbled in this area of the supernatural, meaning demons and witchcraft. I’m also a huge fan of found footage films but never had the opportunity to actually be part of one. Jeremy asked me to come on board the project and I gladly accepted. I’m excited to see what happens with the film. I think horror fans of this type of sub-genres will really like what he’s done.”

Writer-director Jeremy Wechter then talked a bit about some of the challenges he faced in the making of this film, saying “Each location in every window of the video-chat was shot totally separately. Therefore, we had to shoot the movie from beginning to end in every location, then move on to the next location and start all over again. This made post-production quite tricky since there are multiple windows onscreen at any given time. It’s kind of like editing five movies simultaneously while needing to keep them all matched up.”

That sounds like a lot of work and a ton of plates to keep spinning at all times. But I have faith the guys can pull it off and I cannot wait to find out first-hand once the film hits… Whenever that may be. We’ll keep you up to date!

The film is written and directed by Jeremy Wechter and executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the Volumes of Blood franchise and executive producer of 10/31, Butcher the Bakers, and Close Calls.

For more info, you can follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Or visit the official site HERE.

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Four college friends participate in an annual video chat that goes horribly wrong when an ancient evil, imprisoned by witchcraft, is inadvertently released. Witness the hellish first night of demonic possession as it unfolds in real-time. As the possessions multiply and the body count rises, their night of fun becomes a race to stop the evil before it can spread across the world through electronic means. Knowing who to trust is the key to survival.

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Check Out this Bright New Trailer from Netflix

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A new trailer for Netflix’s Bright has arrived under our Xmas tree; and being that we’ve been good boys and girls, we figured we ought to share it!

Directed by David Ayer, who reunites with his Suicide Squad cast of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film imagines our world but with mystical beasts living side-by-side with humans. As a result, when crimes are committed by other species, it takes some delicacy to work out a solution.

Look for Bright, written by Max Landis, on December 22nd. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi co-star with Smith and Edgerton.

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Set in an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time, Bright is a genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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