31 Days of Halloween! #27. Carnival of Souls

I’m counting down my favorite 31 Horror Movies of all time. Every day this month I’ll feature one movie from my list – starting on Oct 1st with #31 and ending  on the Oct 31st, Halloween, with my #1 favorite scary movie.




#27. Carnival of Souls (1962)

Directed by: Herk Harvey

Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger

Plot: While driving her car with two girlfriends, the driver is challenge to a drag race and falls off a bridge over a river. When it seems that the girls have drowned and there are no survivors, Mary Henry surprisingly get’s out of the water. A couple of days later, she drives to another town to work as organist in a church despite not being religious. While driving, she has visions of weird people. When she arrives, she moves into a room of the house owned by Mrs. Thomas. However Mary is haunted by spirits and is frequently drawn to a nearby abandoned carnival, where she discloses a dark secret.

My Thoughts

Extremely low budget but extremely creepy, Carnival of Souls is like the best episode of The Twilight Zone. Years ahead of the game, this B&W horror movie set the bar that made George A Romero want to top – and did with Night of the Living Dead. Without Carnival paving the way for “do it yourself” film making we may have never gotten zombies that ate the living. Also, we may not have gotten The Sixth Sense either – SPOILER ALERT – having the main character be dead and the audience not realizing it until the end may have stuck in the young mind of M. Night Shyamalan. Overall, Carnival of Souls is a classic that should be watched at night with the lights off on a stormy night –  and when the lead ghoul comes walking out of the river, it’ll creep you the fuck out.


One response to “31 Days of Halloween! #27. Carnival of Souls

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