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3,937 Ratings

Carnival of Souls

Directed by Herk Harvey
United States, 1962
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery


Mary Henry mysteriously survives a car wreck. In an effort to put this traumatizing incident behind her, Mary moves to Utah to take a job as a church organist. However, her fresh new start is interrupted by the haunting, relentless presence of a strange man who seems to follow where ever she goes.

Our take

An influence on David Lynch and George A. Romero, this lone feature film from Herk Harvey is a bona fide cult classic of both independent filmmaking and psychological horror. An atmospheric and unsettling, haunting ghost story, innovatively shot—on a shoestring budget.

Carnival of Souls Directed by Herk Harvey
It’s nominally a horror film, but it’s a story of mental derangement with a premise of metaphysical shock that’s more or less detachable from its richly textured and disturbingly inventive cinematic essence.
September 27, 2016
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‘Carnival of Souls’ is probably the first time a nightmare has been fully captured on screen, and Mary is every blighted traveler of the sub-conscious.
November 29, 2013
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It offers uncanny echoes and premonitions of so many renowned films and filmmakers both past and future that it demands to be considered and appreciated on their level.
June 14, 2004
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