Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls (1962)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 26, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

Carnival of Souls works well enough as chill-up-the-spine cinema.

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Witney Seibold

The workmanlike approach only serves to highlight its spectral qualities. It's like a kitchen sink version of 'The Shining.'

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There isn't very much here to sustain interest.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of those unique horror movies where the low budget, gritty footage and rough performances combine to create not only an unsettling atmosphere of dread but also a study of existential angst in the face of unimaginable horror.

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Time Out

The mesmerising power of the carnival and dance-hall sequences far outweighs the corniness of the awkward intimate scenes.

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Sarah Dobbs

If characters in a horror movie are watching an old black and white movie on TV late at night, and it's not Night Of The Living Dead, it's almost certainly Carnival Of Souls.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A drive in the country past an delapidated amusement park proves to be more than simply moody and atmospheric for an young woman just starting out in life ...… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
At times it feels like a Twilight Zone episode, wooden acting and everything, but when Carnival of Souls gets the mood right it never lets you go. Yes, mood,… More
Chris Weber
After a tragic car crash during a drag race, the sole survivor, a Kansas woman named Mary takes a job playing the organ at a church in Utah. On her journey ot… More
David Ladd
When it comes to cult classics of the horror genre, I lump Carnival Of Souls into the same category as Night Of The Living Dead (1968). This movie had an… More
Graham Jones
A film that creeps up on you and delivers. With breathtaking cinematography and direction, It's not just any regular old B-movie.
Tim Salmons
Much more interesting visually than story-wise. Kind of reminded me of Polanski...perhaps a poor man's Polanski. Well, that is, before there even was a… More