Carnival of SoulsHD SDH
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.
Fresh: Carnival of Souls works well enough as chill-up-the-spine cinema.
Fresh: It depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting.
Rotten: There isn't very much here to sustain interest.