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Carnival Of Souls
on 24 February 2007
Carnival Of Souls is the story of a young lady who, having been presumed dead, emerges from a river after her car plunged into it off a bridge. Having apparently suffered no ill effects, she moves out of town and takes a job as a church organist. From this point her life begins to change; she starts seeing a strange man following her, and has episodes where nobody can apparently see or hear her. Constantly pursued by the stranger she sees she eventually has to come to terms with what it actually is that is catching up with her.
Filmed in the early 1960s, one could be forgiven for thinking that Carnival Of Souls was a film of a decade earlier, with its crummy and grainy picture quality and supernatural make-up techniques not so far off the days of Nosferatu. The screeching incidental organ music, whilst doing correctly its job of sounding infernal, is obnoxious enough in places to detract from the enjoyment of the film though thankfully it doesn't persist all the way through.
The film does have an engaging quality about it however, and a story that keeps you watching. Interestingly it's a scenario that must have been fairly novel and shocking in its day (although there are elements of it that remind of such tales as Lovecraft's "The Outsider"), yet it may seem somewhat tired to those living in the era of the Sixth Sense and other such twist-suffixed supernatural horror tales.
I'd have loved to have seen it upon its original release, however being born too late for that, I can't delete from my brain the films I've seen since that make this one appear fairly average.