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Carnival of Souls (1962)

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Starring (View all)
Candace Hilligoss Candace Hilligoss
Mary Henry
Frances Feist Frances Feist
Mrs. Thomas - Landlady
Sidney Berger Sidney Berger
John Linden
Art Ellison Art Ellison
Minister
Stan Levitt Stan Levitt
Dr. Samuels
Tom McGinnis Tom McGinnis
Organ Factory Boss
Forbes Caldwell Forbes Caldwell
Carpenter in Organ Factory
Dan Palmquist Dan Palmquist
Gas Station Attendant


Written by
Herk Harvey Herk Harvey
story (uncredited)


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Trailer - Carnival Of Souls (1962)

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Carnival of Souls

14 years, 1 month ago at Oct 13 19:13
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Protagonist,a young girl called Mary and his two friends participate in a car race with another car and somehow at the bridge, their driver loses control and the car drops in the river and sinks fast. Only survivor from the accident is Mary. Soon after that Mary gets a job from nearby town as organplayer in a church and goes there to begin a new episode in her life and leaves the shocking experie... read more

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3 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 18:22
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Herk Harvey’s ‘Carnival of Souls’ is not an unequivocal, sanguinary horror as is the contemporary norm, it does not feature a tangible, monstrous entity or knife-wielding maniac and its existential core principles are indirectly conveyed, manifested in the form of an inexplicable evil. There is an insidiously creeping corniness and awkwardness at play akin to 1950s drive-in movies preceding ... read more

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8 months ago at Mar 29 15:16
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Carnival of Souls may not be a personal favourite or a masterpiece, but it is an incredibly effective film and was an inspiration for many film-makers.

While Carnival of Souls generally doesn't look too bad, especially for the budget it had, there is an occasional crude and grainy look. The story is in places a little too thin and simple, with an abrupt ending with not much signs of a... read more
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Carnival of Souls is a chilling and slightly distrubing black-and-white cult film from 1962. Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.
Release date: 2 November 1962
UPC: 715515010221
Tags: Horror (18), Surrealism (7), Ghost (7), 1962 (6), 1960s (6), Cult (6), Car Crash (5), Supernatural (5), Afterlife (5), Dancing (3), Journeying (3), Staircase (3), Twist In The End (3), Mind (3), Debut (2), Thriller (2), 1960's (2), Independent Film (2), Public Domain (2)
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“Carnival of Souls may not be a personal favourite or a masterpiece, but it is an incredibly effective film and was an inspiration for many film-makers.

While Carnival of Souls generally doesn't look too bad, especially for the budget it had, there is an occasional crude and grainy look. The story is in places a little too thin and simple, with an abrupt ending with not much signs of a pay-off, and, with the exception of creepy Herk Harvey and especially touchingly vulnerable Candace Hilligoss (who allows one to completely identify with her even with just a telling glance), the acting is not that great with some of the minor players looking as if they weren't sure what to do with themselves.

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“Herk Harvey’s ‘Carnival of Souls’ is not an unequivocal, sanguinary horror as is the contemporary norm, it does not feature a tangible, monstrous entity or knife-wielding maniac and its existential core principles are indirectly conveyed, manifested in the form of an inexplicable evil. There is an insidiously creeping corniness and awkwardness at play akin to 1950s drive-in movies preceding the appearance of the ubiquitous soul, amplifying the notion of the film being a subconscious projection. Dreams in general are improbable or germane, they are decidedly perplexing and elaborate, perhaps even shabby and amiss, however, this surreal suffusion is a paradox; Harvey used newsreel cameras to meet budgetary restraints, and in doing so, inadvertently intensified the film’s spectral qua” read more

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