Carnival of Souls (1962)

Mike Matei / October 23rd, 2015


  • The Wicker Man

    October 23, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Check Cinemassacre for todays video, it’s not there. Cook up some bacon and eggs. Check Cinemassacre again, video’s up. Perfect start to the day!

  • Ceaser Gomez

    October 23, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Good Morning Cinemassacre!

  • laswastedyouth

    October 23, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Love this movie! The abandoned six flags near New Orleans is one of the creepiest/most amazing places I have ever visited!! I think that an abandoned amusement park is such a great setting for a horror movie.

  • DontLookIntoTheDeathStar

    October 23, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Great review. Loving Monster Madness this year. Peace from Australia.

  • October 23, 2015 at 3:49 am

    We got an abondonned “Rocky point” here, well in rhode island im from MA but breaking in there is way creepy, new England is pretty creepy place in general you should look up rocky point everything is overgrown they tried to fence it off bunch of stuff still sits there lots of graffiti just crazy.

  • October 23, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I’ve seen this film, personally the weird pacing kind of made it difficult to watch and while the organ music can be effectively creepy there are scenes where it’s just noise.
    RiffTrax did a cover of this movie, their cover is availible on Hulu, It’s hilarious.

    • Kenshiroh

      October 31, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Oh, THAT’s where I’ve seen this before!

  • October 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

    this is one of my favorite movies and probably the reason why i love public domain movies-it makes me realize that someones person forgotten vision can still have an impact and become it’s own subculture unto itself

  • Elwin Rijken

    October 23, 2015 at 6:32 am

    One of my favourite classics! Glad you reviewed it James. And nice for not spoiling the ending. You could talk about the ending and it’s influence on a lot of movies that came after in an entire vid! Carnival of Souls Spoiler talk !

    anyway, hope for this to arrive on blu soon

  • Don Skiver

    October 23, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I’ve seen this movie before and James is right. It’s an extremely creepy and spooky movie, and when I saw it as a kid, it left quite an impression on me.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Great review. I am gonna check this one out!

  • Elwin Rijken

    October 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

    It seems like this version has some dubbed voicing, like the car dudes in the beginning. Which version is this James? My DVD had some terrible mono audio and no subtitles so I sometimes couldnt make out what the actors were saying.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Maybe the Solitaire is cursed

  • October 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I would’ve never seen this on my own, and, then you made this great argument in favor of it. Thank you for recommending Carnival of Souls!

  • Peron

    October 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I think that abrupt beginning was amazing, because somehow remembers real footage. Maybe this new trend of “found recordings” movies should try that.

  • fcabanski

    October 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I can’t watch films like this one. Scenes of people chasing someone with no intention of catching them make for un-watchable crap.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Never seen this but I have seen the remake, which was pretty horrible. Am I the only one who finds black and white movies not scary at all? I mean once you take away the color from a movie it’s almost like my mind instantly tells me it’s all fake and I have trouble getting into it. Although I can appreciate the older movies for what they’ve done for cinema.

    • Rennie Page

      October 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      You must be like 15 or something. Nobody with a mind for horror or cinema in general would ever say something so dumb.

      • Mac Tonight

        October 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        I’ve been watching horror for over 20 years now. I can appreciate the films I just don’t personally find them scary. Never said I didn’t enjoy a classic movie now and again.

      • Rennie Page

        October 24, 2015 at 12:46 am

        What people forget is when you watch a black and white movie, or any movie really, in order to understand and fully appreciate the movie you are watching, you have to put yourself in that era, and think about what came before it. The original universal Dracula is in black and white, as with all the classic universal monster movies, when they came out people didn’t have anything to really compare to it so it was frightening. They used their imagination to envision most of the “what if’s” and didn’t need every s e c o n d of the movie to be filled with scares or action. The imagination can be more terrifying than what’s put in front of your eyes. So In order to fully understand why some of these movies are quote “classic” or “horror” you really have to put yourself in the mind set of the era. If you can do that, forget everything that’s come along after it, then maybe you can find some of the black and white movies a little more creepy. Just saying. I have quoted what I just said to many friends of mine over the years that feel the same way you do, and most people. It’s a shame but I guess everyone can’t do it. But everyone should try. Because movies nowadays, with a minor few exceptions, will not hold up thru the years as these ones truly do, and forever will.

      • Mac Tonight

        October 24, 2015 at 3:09 am

        I can appreciate the filming, costumes and set designs of the era. They truly were different times. I miss the practical effects of early horror they rely way too much on gimmicks or jump scares today. Any recommendations for some older movies?

      • Rennie Page

        October 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

        I cannot say that these movies, even taking into account what I just said, are legit smelt going to scare you or terrorize you, but if you can imagine having to go to sleep after seeing one of these movies back in the day, it gives them a little more edge in my opinion. I’d recommend all the original universal classics, the original THE HAUNTING starting Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, the original Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde starring Fredric March, although the acting is one of a kind being “over-the-top” and debatably more of a thriller than horror. But one that is not horror that I consider the greatest film of all time is called 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda and many great actors of the 40’s and 50’s, many which had roles in the Twilight Zone in numerous episodes. The movie is one, if not THE greatest thriller mystery of all time. There is no arguement in my opinion about it. But if I could recommend one thing that still holds up in its creepiness and thought-provoking, is The Twilight Zone tv series. Not every single episode is amazing, but more than 80% are guaranteed to have a great twist ending and leave you thinking for hours. When I think of more I will let you know.

      • Rennie Page

        October 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm

        LEGITIMATELY***** not legit smelt lol idk why it auto corrected to that. Whoops lol

      • Rennie Page

        October 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        I should add that I myself was raised on the Hammer Horror Movies, from my dad. When I think of Dracula, it’s not Bela Lugosi that comes to mind for me, honestly it’s Christopher Lee. So I’m not a die-hard only black and white movie guy now. Believe me, many older movies don’t hold up and don’t quite have the scares or horror or creepiness that say “Sleepaway Camp” “Pumpkinhead” “Nightmare on Elm Street” “Halloween” “The Thing”(1982) and even newer horror movies as new as “Insidiuos” or “28 Weeks Later” have. I will be 30 next year and can say it all depends on what you saw as a kid and how it affected you at the time and in later years, that will eventually play a role in how you perceive movies whether newer or older.

      • Mac Tonight

        October 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        I actually have the complete old school twilight zone series on Blu-Ray as I grew up watching them as a kid, easily one of the greatest shows of all time and still holds up really well. I also enjoy the eighties twilight zone but not the newer one with forest Whitaker that lasted a season then got cancelled, that one sucked. I’ve heard of the haunting and I’ve seen the remake which was pretty average but I will have to check out 12 angry men as I have heard it’s a good movie.

      • Rennie Page

        October 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm

        Yes the remake of the haunting was horrible and doesn’t deserve a place in horror history. Long live the twilight zone and Rod Serling! 12 angry men will get your heart racing bro, it’s amazing and I never really use that word unless I mean it. You have to see it, it is perfect.

  • October 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I think the sentiment you want to express, James, is Kenopsia. I quickly googled it to see if it’s even a word and it seems it is.

    • October 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Oh and, it’d be so great if the comment section of cinemassacre would send an email notice when replied to..

  • RandyPan

    October 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    When James was talking about the place burning down and being rebuilt repeatedly, was anyone else reminded of that bit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

  • low_tone1

    October 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I love this movie. It came in a classic horror collection I bought, including The Wast Woman and Last Man on Earth (among others). Unrelated side note, the actor who plays the “pervert” often looks like Tobey Maguire.

  • Alexander Koller

    October 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Looks great, I’m definitely going to see that one.
    That’s what I love about Monster Madness, I always find new gems to watch.

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Looks like a good movie! I might check it out.

  • October 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Another good choice. I must admit that this year’s Monster Madness has been very hit-and-miss so far, but this movie is one of the stronger choices for 2015. 🙂

  • October 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Review Repo the genetic opera.

  • Firx

    October 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, yeah, that is one great movie! I just love films like that — ones that take the grimy or ruined artifacts of everyday and transform them into something supernatural. Too many movies today are so sterile-looking. Let’s have dirt! Stains! Ultra-closeups of scarred and large-pored faces! The HD cameras of today have the capability of elevating cracks, wrinkles and splintery wood to the level of the numinous and establish a sense of . . . HYPERREALITY! But do they do this? Almost never! Imagine — an atmospheric film like this done with today’s tech, one that looks so effing real you completely forget the part of you that’s an ass sitting on a couch!

  • October 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Great, i always liked the atmosphere of this movie

  • Sun Glitters

    October 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the review, as always. I’m gonna have to check this one out.

  • donovan wood

    October 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    review the thing or we riot

  • October 25, 2015 at 2:06 am

    have you seen the 1998 remake?

  • October 25, 2015 at 3:01 am

    This one’s going on my list 🙂

  • October 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Another good review, James. I’m a little shocked, however, that you never mention the 1998 re-make. It’s a terrible re-make, yes, but I still thought you would’ve mentioned it to show some sort of contrast. I have the original in a box set, so I think I’ll go watch it again this Halloween. 🙂

  • October 25, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Can you do more “underground” movies from the 70’s?

  • TagaZok

    October 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    another one in my bucket list to see before Halloween thanks “Monster Madness”

  • October 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Didn’t Wes Craven remake this movie or did he just call that Carnival of Souls? I haven’t seen either so I don’t know what the parallels would be between the two. They could just be 2 different movies altogether but I figured James would know

  • Sweetdeath

    October 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This movie is great but would have been a lot better without that other male actor who abuses the main female. He just ruins it really. The atmosphere is incredible though.

  • meinerHeld

    October 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This is why we love your stuff. The end of the review, especially.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Nice review. This movie does indeed look spooky. Good stuff.

  • November 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Ever since I saw this movie from a dollar store DVD collection, I cannot get away from this movie. Absolutely love it one of, if not the most favorite movies

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