Thursday, August 12, 2010

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Time to continue with some of the classics I have on hand. Today’s choice was Carnival of Souls, the 1962 Herk Harvey entry that has influenced greats such as George Romero and David Lynch.

Plot / 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 indifference.

Like the movie in my last review,I Bury the Living, this classic is also more of an episode of the Twilight Zone than “B” Movie horror, and it also remains a great example of what can be done on a limited budget. This movie cries atmosphere, with some great locations used throughout. Yes, there are some low points with some average acting and sub par editing, but overall, this remains a very influential flick. One that took a thin story, and made something that has stood the test of time rather well.

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