Carnival of Souls (Digitally remastered in colour) [DVD] 
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Candice Hilligoss stars as a woman who survives a serious car accident and moves to Utah to become a church organist. She is pursued there by a strange phantom figure (Herk Harvey, who also directs and produces).
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Having survived a car accident that should have claimed her life, Mary begins a new job as a church organist. Plagued by evil visions of a ghoulish figure, she is drawn to an abandoned amusement park. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The imagery and nightmarish world that our character must go through to learn the truth of her fate is top class, and there are genuine creepy moments laden throughout the movie. The acting is very fair considering most 'actors' were just locales from the film set, but the movie works just fine. In fact countless horror movies have copied many scenes from this film, you end up losing count half way through.
The one criticism towards the film could be that you know what's coming and the cards are dealt early on, but it's such an horrific and glorious encounter that you don't mind one bit. A very important horror movie for the genre.
This review is from the Criterion 2 disc edition which has 2 versions of the movie, commentary, and a ton of extras with booklet so well worth getting over the other editions available.
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Carnival Of Souls has thankfully found a whole new audience in the new millennium, the advent of cheap triple pack DVDs and a lush Criterion release have brought it firmly to the attention of Horror/Ghost fans who were not aware that the film even existed. That said, there is no doubting that many big name directors were fully aware of it, tho, for Carnival Of Souls has influenced such luminary genre masters from Romero to Carpenter, and from Hooper to Shyamalan, be it the low budget DIY ethic, or its now genre staple twist ending, it's a film (along with it's director Herk Harvey) that is referenced as much as it is copied.
The tag often used for the film is that it's an elongated Twilight Zone episode, and sure enough I think that is a perfect fit. Its whole structure feels like a part of that wonderful and amazing Rod Serling show, and for sure this story owes a doff of the cap to An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge (an Ambrose Bierce short that was reworked and used on Serling's show), but to merely suggest a retread of a previously used idea would be very unfair. Carnival Of Souls is full of eerie sequences that are dream like in quality yet goose pimply in effect. Scored at frequent intervals by a jangling organ shrill, the ghostly phantoms that plague poor Mary actually bring a shiver to the spine; while a surrealistic dance of the carnival is a stunning eerie highlight.Read more ›
"Carnvial of Souls" came about because Herk Harvey drove by Saltair, the deserted 1940s tourist resort outside Salt Lake City, and decided it would make a powerful location for a horror film. Harvey recruited John Clifford to come up with a screenplay that would involve Harvey's image of dead bodies rising from the lake to pursue their victim. The finished product certainly evokes a nightmarish quality that makes you ignore the technical problems with overdubbing, campy performances by the supporting cast, and such. Hilligloss, trained in the Method by Strassberg but denied any hint of her character's motivation by the director, only made one other film, "Curse of the Living Corpse" (1964), but this film is enough to secure her reputation in the field. Sidney Berger (the all too friendly guy down the hall at her boarding house) does a cameo as a cop in the 1998 "Wes Craven Presents Carnival of Souls" debacle, which does not compare on any level to this evocative horror classic.
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A horror classic. The ending is very the Sixth Sense/The Others which clearly copied it.Published 4 months ago by E C LANE
Good value, film has atmosphere all of its own. Even tho' I had viewed the film before, still enjoyed the other-worldly feel to the photography and music.Published 5 months ago by Raymond Leslie Jones
Carnival Of Souls is an outstanding film, really, in the macabre genre. The plot is very simple: a young woman who seems to have drowned in a car accident emerges from the water... Read morePublished 14 months ago by schumann_bg
Weird and made weirder by the amateur acting which lends it a lost-in-time kind of tone but therefore somehow much more entrancing than some of the professional horror films of the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mario
Colourisation of black-and-white movies has its critics, but I was more than happy with this as it added a new dimension to one of my favourite films.Published 16 months ago by dash49
Initially, this was a bit of a shock, as I am used to the Elstree version in black and white. The quality of that version is, to be honest, appalling, but it somehow added to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by dave rock
First saw this on tv in b/w when a small boy-never forgot it.While not especially scary,it's one of those films you never forget. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by DEREK HEATLY