Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of Souls was intended to have the “look of a Bergman” and “feel of a Cocteau,” and succeeds with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion. —The Criterion Collection
After owning a lousy VHS copy and a cheap DVD transfer, today in honor of approaching Halloween I finally ponied up and bought the Criterion 2-disc set of this dreamlike cult favorite. Carnival of Souls is proof positive that talented individuals can realize their vision without massive budgets or special f/x. Watching this film is like plugging a bizarre dream straight into your cerebral cortex.
One searches in vain for a film like Carnival of Souls. Incredible as it is that an oneiric phantasia like Herk Harvey's 1962 fever dream actually
The opening car race/game of chicken with oncoming traffic probably does not get the respect it should…as is the case for the film as a whole. This psychological thriller debuted after the decline… read review
Strange that I’m attempting a mini-review even before I’ve finished the film, but I’m this way with horror—I just can’t sit still. It’s a very spooky film, which is not to say its a great film, but… read review
Garbage, even for a B-movie. Never looked like a Bergman but looked like it tried to, and had the worst soundtrack ever recorded. so boring. dark shadows did the whole organ thing enough for the entire… read review