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Carnival of Souls


Herk Harvey & Raza Badiyi

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Occasionally a feature film emerges from the midwest, although this is the first ever out of Lawrence, Kans, where a group of commercial film pros veered off into a try at producing theatrical entertainment. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Carnival of Souls works well enough as chill-up-the-spine cinema. – Joe Brown, Washington Post, Sep 21, 2007

Fresh: It depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: There isn't very much here to sustain interest. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Carnival of Souls
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1962

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