So, I had the pleasure of seeing The Devil’s Carnival and meeting Darren Lynn Bousman (director) & Terrance Zdunich (writer, actor) at the Pitcher Show Lounge in Tampa, Florida - 4/20/12.
My best friend & I set off on our journey to Tampa, which is about 30 minutes away from where we live. After getting lost and having to stop and ask for directions twice, we finally ended up finding the place—arriving 20 minutes late to the Q & A before the show.
Luckily, Spooky Dan (he’s so fucking fantastic, I just literally love him so much) stamped us with a 666 and let us back as they were finishing, which got us descent seats and a good 5 minutes of T & D talking.
Before the actual film there was a….talent…contest? I don’t…I don’t even know it was basically 3 acts of strip teases and a girl shoving a spoon up her nose. It was off-putting for me, but whatever. After that was the costume contest. There was a girl dressed as Blind Mag from Repo! and a guy dressed as The Tamer from TDC; The Tamer won. I wanted Blind Mag to win, but I ended up meeting and conversing with “The Tamer” and he was really nice and awesome, so I’m okay with him winning~
After all of that, T & D get back on stage and D talked about how his other films were leaked on the internet before official release, thus breaking his heart, etc. So, he made us stand up and raise our left hand (sinners pledge!) and repeat a pledge that went something like “I promise not to be a douchebag and record and upload this to the internet. If I see my neighbor do it, I will punch them in the balls/vagina”.
The actual film itself wasn’t bad, but I felt like it lacked something, I just can’t put my finger on it. But other than that, it was a brilliant film.
Afterwards, we waited 15 minutes outside for T & D to do the meet & greet.
Basically, when it was our turn, I shyly walked up to D (hiding behind my hands like a bashful child) and asked him for a hug—-which, I don’t even know how that happened, it just sort of rolled out of my mouth before I could even think of the words. So, he stands up and hugs me and then I make my way to T. We started to hug across the table then sort of started to scooch down to the end so we could hug normally; but the way we were positioned (his right arm around my waist, my left arm around his shoulders) we ended up cheek to cheek. So, we’re basically face to face and he asks me my name and I tell him, but we were literally so close, I was pretty much talking into his mouth. It was actually really fucking funny.
So after the hug fest, I’m so star-struck that I literally couldn’t form a compete sentence, so I just stare at them all wide-eyed and go, “picture?” and they were like “Yeah!” and so my friend and I got behind them and got our picture taken.
Although, the crew member’s took our picture with their camera and I have no idea where we are supposed to get them. So, that blows.
But other than that, it was an amazing experience. And my normally depressed/hateful attitude has increased a smidge with happiness after meeting one of my all time favourite directors (Tim Burton is first, but D is riiiight behind him) and T, someone whom I’ve grown to admire as a writer~
In the picture above is a signed CD/poster by T & D, a picture of them I took with my phone (I was kinda far away from the stage, so it came out shitty, booo!) and a picture of me~~