Carnival of Souls Reviews

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October 30, 2020
With boldly imaginative effects that defy the scant budget, Harvey leaps out from the company of Ed Wood and George Romero to join that of Michelangelo Antonioni as a poet of post-industrial alienation.
October 28, 2020
One of those unique horror movies where the low budget, gritty footage and rough performances combine to create not only an unsettling atmosphere of dread but also a study of existential angst in the face of unimaginable horror.
June 3, 2019
A bold film that plays like a perfect nightmare for everyone who's used to standard structures in genre cinema. Still scary after decades. [Full review in Spanish].
November 1, 2017
If characters in a horror movie are watching an old black and white movie on TV late at night, and it's not Night Of The Living Dead, it's almost certainly Carnival Of Souls.
July 20, 2016
The workmanlike approach only serves to highlight its spectral qualities. It's like a kitchen sink version of 'The Shining.'
June 28, 2013
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.
March 1, 2009
Harvey leaves enough questions unanswered in this twilight zone to ensure that Carnival Of Souls enjoys a haunting afterlife in the viewer's mind.
October 27, 2007
A haunting ghost story.
September 21, 2007
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.
September 21, 2007
It retains an atmosphere of melancholic, surreal dread.
September 21, 2007
A chilling ghost story with artistic pretensions.
September 21, 2007
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.
June 1, 2007
The film's subdued black and white photography contributes considerably to its poetic deathly palate of physical and emotional coldness.
June 24, 2006
The mesmerising power of the carnival and dance-hall sequences far outweighs the corniness of the awkward intimate scenes.
August 7, 2005
August 4, 2005
July 16, 2004
An influential little horror gem
May 22, 2004
A genuinely creepy thriller, humble in scope and lacking some polish, but executed with ghoulish intuition.
November 20, 2003
April 24, 2003
All atmosphere and very little else.
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