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3.0 out of 5 stars Romero Rip Off...., 13 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Carnival Of Souls [1962] [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a direct rip off of the George Romero's zombie films and it also inspired 'White Zombie' by Victor and Edward Halperin, the Jedward of their day, due to its black and white colors. A very derivative piece bursting with fresh ideas and a similar twist to that used in 'The Sixth Sense' where Bruce Willis is a ghost all along.

The story centres around a blonde or white haired woman (I cannot tell for sure) who knows her way round an organ or two, and pulls out all the stops to survive a car crash. The crash is badly done by dropping off a bridge after a drag act, and then a short while later she clambers up the river bank with dry clothes on, after being in the water!

The film then switches gear as she settles into her job providing the soundtrack to the film with her 'freestyle' organ playing, she is no Richard Stilgoe by the sounds coming out of her pipes. There are a few scenes with a zombie man who appears, such as being reflected in the side screen as she is driving and in a few other places too. I am not sure if they are supposed to be scary, but they are not at all to me.

As hinted before, the story treads similar ground to Monday Knight Shamayly somethings film in that you are wondering whats going on a lot. I fell asleep towards the end only to awake for the credits and my friend told me how it ended. By the sound of it, my dreams were better than the ending with its predictable 'it was a ghost all along' conclusion.

This mechanic has been used countless times before and to better effect. The black and white choice is grating, the sound is over dubbed badly at the start and the editing is sloppy to say the least. A very enjoyable film let down by very interesting shots where the heroine is silhouetted and very bad acting.

All in all, a not very convincing ripoff of a dead genre that adds nothing to the mix other than originality and clever filming on a shoestring. Very recommended film to avoid.

In conclusion, a wet nightmare...
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2010 22:14:32 BDT
S. Lanigan says:
"A direct rip off from George Romero`s zombie films", you say? Er... I don`t know how to tell you this,Ramsey, but carnival of souls was made six years before Romero made his first zombie film.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2010 09:37:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2010 09:39:00 BDT
Sadly, George Romero's film was filmed seven years before it was released, it is just that George couldn't afford to get the negatives printed. This film lifts so many of George's ideas it makes my heart cry to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 11:58:43 BDT
Norcs says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 16:33:23 BDT
Yes, modern surgical techniques allow for the reinstatement of the virgin seal so it can be popped by a man who requires a virgin lady partner. It is very popular in middle eastern culture where a virgin wife is considered better than one that has already had helicopter lessons. A lot of religions think pigs are magic too. I don't, I think Our Lord Jesus Christ is magic, and that is magic enough. Paul Daniels is not as magic as Jesus though. Jesus saves, Paul Daniels spends.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2010 14:07:18 BDT
Norcs says:
Not a hymen!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2010 18:52:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2010 18:53:45 BDT
S. Lanigan says:
Thanks for that erudite reply Ramsey, I think I`ll pray with you. Or maybe for you.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 10:16:21 GMT
Norcs says:
I found that praying doesn't work. For anything. Ever.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2010 13:42:27 GMT
Cheers buddy, lets hope Jesus' Light shines on you during these dark times of misinformation and general Satan talk.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2011 09:42:30 BDT
Heh-heh, so Herk managed to see the unprinted negatives of an unreleased film.

Posted on 8 Sep 2011 12:24:28 BDT
Vik77 says:
I don't know what this reviewer is on about. Night of the Living Dead was written and filmed in 1967 - several years after Carnival of Souls!
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