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
Like a nightmarish Carl Th. Dreyer. Candace's expressions of absolute terror, the magnificent contrast between black and white and the terrifying score evokes one of the scariest flicks from the sixties. My only complain is about the bad narrative and some mechanical acting. Could've been a masterpiece.
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