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By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Director Darren Lynn Bousman screens his self-funded The Devil's Carnival in Vancouver Saturday. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Director Darren Lynn Bousman screens his self-funded The Devil's Carnival in Vancouver Saturday. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Students at the University of B.C. campus could be in for a fright Saturday when filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman screens his latest flick at the Student Union Building at 8 p.m.

Moviegoers have been donning demon horns, splashing themselves with fake blood and slathering on ghoulish face paint for viewings of The Devil's Carnival.

The Saw II director, who has spent the last two months touring North America with his self-funded musical horror film, expects Vancouver audiences to be just as animated.

"It's not a passive movie-going experience," Bousman said. "It encourages you to come out, act crazy and see this thing in the theatre."

Working with studios left the Kansas native jaded due to the lack of creative control, so he put up US$500,000 of his own to produce Carnival and booked the film city by city, bypassing the Hollywood distribution system.

Bousman said screenings of the film have turned a profit nine times out of 10 as devoted audiences flock to it, much like a contemporary version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

He said appealing to the "rejects" and the "disenfranchised" is what makes this endeavour possible.

tyler.orton@sunmedia.ca


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