The 101 Horror Movies strikes again with Carnival of Souls, a cult favorite from 1962.
I don’t wish to sound mean, but it feels very much like it was made in the 60s.
And while the ending may have been a bit of a shocker at the time, having seen so many similar films over the years, I and chances are most viewers would say, “Saw it coming!”
On the flipside there is some cool imagery, and a nice use of sound.
The film follows Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss), a woman who walks away from a dreadful accident caused by a pair of racing cars. She heads to Utah to become an organist for a local church.
But she wasn’t the only one who walked away from the accident. She is being followed by a ghoulish looking gentleman (director Herk Hervey) who seems intent on menacing her and in turn leading her to a deserted amusement park near Salt Lake City.
There is a nice use of mirrors and windows (during her drive and during her date) when it comes to the ghoul who is following her, as well as a nice use of sound. Whenever Mary descends into a dreamlike state, which tends to have some weird imagery, the dancing dead for one, the sound drops right out, but for her footsteps and voice.
It’s an interesting film, and you can see how some of the imagery would influence Romero a few short years later, especially in regards to the souls stalking the fairgrounds. and eventually Mary.