Carnival of Souls

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Presented by The Criterion Collection

Introduced by Kim Newman, journalist, critic and horror specialist

A young woman (Candace Hilligoss) in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she is haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a small budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

Screening from The Criterion Collection’s newly released Blu-ray, from a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.


BBFC rating
Running time
80 mins
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Herk Harvey
Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist

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