Carnival of Souls
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Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Carnival of Souls works well enough as chill-up-the-spine cinema."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"There is a nightmare quality to its best scenes, but the film is essentially a great half-hour Twilight Zone padded out to feature length."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"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."
‑ , Film4
"The film's subdued black and white photography contributes considerably to its poetic deathly palate of physical and emotional coldness."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There isn't very much here to sustain interest."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Harvey leaves enough questions unanswered in this twilight zone to ensure that Carnival Of Souls enjoys a haunting afterlife in the viewer's mind."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"It retains an atmosphere of melancholic, surreal dread."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"For a flick with a non-existent budget (well, $30,000) and relative amateurs in front of the camera, everybody's lines are practically howler-free."
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"The mesmerising power of the carnival and dance-hall sequences far outweighs the corniness of the awkward intimate scenes."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"A haunting ghost story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A chilling ghost story with artistic pretensions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Com seu roteiro óbvio e as péssimas atuações, é incrivelmente inferior às numerosas produções que supostamente inspirou."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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