WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS
Dir. John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser | USA | 2023 | 93 mins
The carnival is in town, but the town is crumbling; this is Depression era America, and nobody has much to spare. Despite these bleak times, the carnival’s main attraction never fails to draw a crowd: legendary Mr. Tibbs, who cuts off his own fingers with scissors in broad daylight. Eve (Zelda Adams), a singer at the carnival, is mesmerised by his bloody act; he later reveals to her that he has made a pact with the devil, which is how he’s able to achieve this gruesome magic. Upon revealing this secret, he warns Eve “not to get any ideas”, but a seed has been planted. As the carnival uproots, Eve takes to the highway with her parents - fellow sideshow performers Seven (John Adams) and Maggie (Toby Poser) - and together, emboldened by their newfound satanic magic, the three of them commit atrocious acts of violence. Their carnage reaches its climax as their journey ends at the notorious Buffalo Horror Show. But has their descent into darkness taken them beyond the point of no return?
The Adams Family (THE DEEPER YOU DIG, HELLBENDER) return – both in front of the camera, and behind it – with this fascinating Depression era horror. The bleak, lawless landscape the family tear through has been warped by trauma and greed, the consequences of which are reflected in Maggie’s brutality and Seven’s disturbing nightmares (which hint at the character’s military history). Laden with blood and body horror, greasepaint and gore, WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS is a nihilistic hell ride of grim carnival carnage, where a forgotten community of society’s rejects await behind the curtain.
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