Bad: Eugenie (1970) and The Devil’s Carnival (2012)

Eugenie… The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970) – 4.5 (IMDb 5.4) – Horror, Drama (Spain)
Loosely based on the erotic works of the Marquis de Sade Eugenie was a rather terrible film by Spanish cult director Jess Franco. The film is about a young girl who is sexually abused and tortured by two adults. Unfortunately and much to my surprise, despite its premise the film was incredibly boring, bland and hardly violent. Not that it would have made any difference, because the actors were terrible, the script was awful and repetitive and the filmmaker’s attitude unexplainably annoying. Aside from some cute visuals, an interesting concept and a couple of moments the Eugenie is as forgettable as its title character. What a wasted opportunity.

The Devil’s Carnival (2012) – 4.5 (IMDb 6.2) – Horror, Musical (USA)
I’m starting to believe that Darren Lynn Bousman’s Repo! The Generic Opera was the only good story he had in himself. While we’re lucky he got to tell that one and share his incredible vision with the world, he hasn’t proven himself to be a solid director when working with original scripts. His sense of pacing, compelling characters and engrossing storytelling seems to be nonexistent when it comes to work on his own material: Maybe he should go back to sequels and remakes. Anyway, The Devil’s Carnival is sort of a quasi-sequel to ‘Repo’ or something, but it’s bad. Why? Because it’s just three stories set in hell and none of them are that interesting, in fact I’d say they’re pretty boring and tired. Aside from nice costumes, an impressive cast and great art direction I’d say this film is not worth seeking out.

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