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Director: Herk Harvey     Starring: Candace Hilligoss
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40709154
UPC: 829567020524
UPC 14: 00829567020524
Rating: NR
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Take a ride with young church organist mary henry as she encounters a world where the difference between the living and the dead is impossible to discern. Each step plunges her deeper into the nightmareof the carnival of souls. Restored and in color for the first time.
Editor's Note
Made in 1962 on an extremely low budget, Herk Harvey's classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS has become legendary for its ability to create a tensely creepy atmosphere with virtually no special effects. A young woman (Candace Hilligoss) is involved in a car crash when her car falls off a bridge while drag racing with some friends. After she pulls herself from the river, she moves to a new town to take a job as a church organist. Meanwhile, a distinctly eerie and hollow-faced man seems to be following her wherever she goes, while an abandoned lakeside amusement park beckons her with an almost gravitational pull. The effective organ score enhances the film to great effect, as do the bleak landscapes of Utah's salt flats.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/16/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 78 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1962
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2052
Video UPC UPC: 00829567020524
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Herk Harvey
Video Cast Info Frances Feist
Video Cast Info Sidney Berger
Video Cast Info Candace Hilligoss
Video Cast Info Bill de Jarnette - Editor
Video Cast Info Maurice Prather - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Dan Palmquist - Editor
Video Cast Info Gene Moore - Composer
Video Cast Info John Clifford - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Herk Harvey - Producer
Video Cast Info Herk Harvey - Director
Plot Summary
The first feature from Harvey, who had previously made industrial and promotional films for the Centron Corporation in Lawrence, Kansas, CARNIVAL OF SOULS developed a cultlike following despite being rarely screened for nearly thirty years. The TWILIGHT ZONE-esque tale of a woman who is in a car crash, only to find herself being pursued by spirits, the film's strength is its ability to sustain a very disturbing atmosphere with little more than some makeup, an eerie organ score and spare black-and-white photography. Harvey achieved his stated mission: for the film to have the "look of a Bergman" and the "feel of a Cocteau."

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Cult horror....Carries an eerie chill..."| 07/19/1989 p.C14

Los Angeles Times
"...A genuinely creepy movie....In its own quietly lurid way, CARNIVAL OF SOULS is a sophisticated piece of character psychology..." 04/20/1990 p.F6

USA Today
"...This black-belt cult item feels a lot like a vintage Twilight Zone episode..." 05/19/1990 p.3D

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