Carnival of Souls Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Herk Harvey

 
Carnival of Souls (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1962
  • 83 minutes
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #63

Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of Souls was intended to have the “look of a Bergman” and “feel of a Cocteau,” and succeeds with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Criterion is proud to present the ultimate special edition of this eerily effective B-movie classic that continues to inspire filmmakers today.

Cast

Mary HenryCandace Hilligoss
Mrs. ThomasFrances Feist
John LindenSidney Berger
MinisterArt Ellison
Dr. SamuelsStan Levitt
The manHerk Harvey

Credits

DirectorHerk Harvey
ProducerHerk Harvey
ScreenplayJohn Clifford
MusicGene Moore
Production managerLarry Sneegas
Assistant directorRaza Badiyi
TitlesDan Fitzgerald
EditingDan Palmquist and Bill de Jarnette
SoundEd Down and Don Jessup
Director of photographyMaurice Prather

Disc Features

  • DISC ONE: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION
  • New digital transfer of the original theatrical version
  • The Movie That Wouldn’t Die! The Story of Carnival of Souls: a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew
  • More than 45 minutes of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score
  • Theatrical trailer
  • An illustrated history of the Saltair resort in Salt Lake City
  • The Carnival Tour: a video update on the film’s locations
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • DISC TWO: THE EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
  • Selected audio commentary by screenwriter John Clifford and late director Herk Harvey
  • One hour of excerpts from films made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas that employed Harvey and Clifford for over thirty years
  • An essay on the history of Centron from Ken Smith’s Mental Hygiene
  • Printed interviews with Harvey, Clifford, and star Candace Hilligoss, illustrated with vintage photos and memorabilia
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

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