Carnival of Souls (1962)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 9,019
A drag race turns to tragedy when one car, with three young women inside, topples over a bridge and into the muddy river below. The authorities drag the river, but the search is fruitless and the girls are presumed dead until a single survivor stumbles out of the water with no recollection of how she escaped. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) decides to forget her strange experience and carry on with her plan to move to Utah to accept a job as a church organist. She rejects the notion that because
Sep 26, 1962 Limited
May 16, 2000
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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.
The mesmerising power of the carnival and dance-hall sequences far outweighs the corniness of the awkward intimate scenes.
It depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting.
What is amazing about the film CARNIVAL OF SOULS is that the cheap budget works so much in its favor. There is little unreal to get between the actors and the viewer.
There is a nightmare quality to its best scenes, but the film is essentially a great half-hour Twilight Zone padded out to feature length.
Harvey leaves enough questions unanswered in this twilight zone to ensure that Carnival Of Souls enjoys a haunting afterlife in the viewer's mind.
This is one of the most original and unsettling horror movies to come out of America during its B-movie saturated, drive-in friendly period.
The film's subdued black and white photography contributes considerably to its poetic deathly palate of physical and emotional coldness.
For a flick with a non-existent budget (well, $30,000) and relative amateurs in front of the camera, everybody's lines are practically howler-free.
Com seu roteiro óbvio e as péssimas atuações, é incrivelmente inferior às numerosas produções que supostamente inspirou.
Much overrated horror, not even minor classic in this corner
An influential little horror gem
A genuinely creepy thriller, humble in scope and lacking some polish, but executed with ghoulish intuition.
All atmosphere and very little else.
A cult classic that would have subtle yet meaningful influences on the horror genre for decades to come.
Audience Reviews for Carnival of Souls
- Landlady: Take all the hot baths you want. I'm not one to fuss about a thing like that.
- Mary Henry: To me a church is just a place of business.
- Mary Henry: It's funny, the world is so different in the daylight. In the dark, your fantasies get so out of hand. But in the daylight everything falls back into place again.
- John Linden: That's just what I need! Get mixed up with some girl who's off her rocker!
- Landlady: You just let your imagination run away with you.
- John Linden: You're gonna need me in the evening; you just don't know it yet.
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