Carnival Of Souls

  • 1962
  • 1 HR 20 MIN
  • NR
  • Horror

A chilling ghost story with artistic pretensions, CARNIVAL OF SOULS was independently produced in Lawrence, Kansas, for less than $100,000 and today has a large cult following. The story opens as Hilligoss and two of her friends accidentally drive off a bridge to a watery grave in the river below. Inexplicably, however, Hilligoss emerges from the depths....read more

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A chilling ghost story with artistic pretensions, CARNIVAL OF SOULS was independently produced in Lawrence, Kansas, for less than $100,000 and today has a large cult following. The story opens as Hilligoss and two of her friends accidentally drive off a bridge to a watery grave in the

river below. Inexplicably, however, Hilligoss emerges from the depths. She drives to Utah and becomes the new organist in a local church. She rents a room (from landlady Feist), and the boarder across the hall (Berger, who in real life was the speech instructor at the University of Kansas) makes

unsuccessful advances. Suffering from visions in which a ghoulish-looking man appears to be following her, Hilligoss finds herself drawn to a decaying amusement park, where she is escorted to a dance of the dead by the man in her hallucinations. Eventually the auto accident is discovered, and when

the authorities pull the car out of the river, they find the bodies of all three women--proving that Hilligoss has been one of the dead all along. In this highly atmospheric film, director Harvey (who plays the leader of the dead) succesfully creates an oppressive aura of unease and dread

throughout. The atmosphere isn't hurt (and is sometimes perversely enhanced) by the amateurish performances. The use of actual locations--such as the huge church, the decrepit amusement park, and the abandoned ballroom--is excellent. However, the 80-minute film is obviously padded (the story would

have made a fairly tight half-hour episode of "The Twilight Zone"), while Harvey's Felliniesque allegorizing and "art-house" visuals are unpersuasive. The eerie score is played entirely on a church organ. Harvey never directed another film.

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