Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Streaming Video - 2015
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
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Publisher: [United States] : The Film Detective : 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 78 min.)) : sd., col
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JCLMattC Oct 16, 2018

Atmospheric horror film directed by Herk Harvey and filmed partly in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jun 24, 2018

Love the old mid century scenes and especially the historic Ocean Beach bathhouse which is now views of the mid century feel.

Jun 16, 2016

reviews of Christian Petzhold's 2007 German film Yella say that it is a remake of this Harvey movie so I watched it to find the echoes. both films are good but Yella held more appeal for me.

ravenheart Apr 08, 2015

Terrible. I thought from the reviews here, and what I had read on, that this was going to be a solid old movie, possibly with an atmosphere similar to the old Twilight Zone series. It wasn't. The script is downright goofy, and everything is very low budget, including the cast. I forced myself to watch until the end just to make sure I wasn't dismissing it too hastily. This was released in 1962. They had been making good movies for decades at that point, so I was really disappointed to see this was such poor quality. Giving 4 to 5 star ratings for a film of such poor quality is ridiculous. What would these reviewers rate films like Rebecca (1940), I Walked With A Zombie (1943), or The Uninvited (1944)?

Oct 31, 2014

No surprise this has become a cult favourite. It's not gory or scary but creates a creepy atmosphere that most horror films can't deliver.

laustcawz Sep 19, 2012

Independent films usually don't have any kind of "polished" feel to them, especially an ultra-low-budget one like this, but that's its strength--it has a more isolated, personal, eerie feel to it, without expensive special effects (even the sort that existed back then) & just the creepiest, lone organ music, Candace Hilligoss's unearthly performance & her character's blinking in -&-out-again of this world makes for an effectively unsettling horror film that's entirely deserving of a special release, a la Criterion; & it's supposed to be dream-like.


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Jun 01, 2012

While on her way to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) is haunted by a bizarre apparition. It compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion, beginning an eerie and macabre chain of events. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece, while made on a modest budget, has gained a cult following on late-night television.

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