A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

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4.3 out of 5
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8 Ratings

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Critics Consensus: Carnival of Souls offers delightfully chilling proof that when it comes to telling an effective horror story, less can often be much, much more.

Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Thriller
Released
Copyright
© Harold Harvey & John Clifford / Created in cooperation with Matthew Irvine & Peter Soby, Jr.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

SDH
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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