Carnival of Souls Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Herk Harvey

 
Carnival of Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

12 Jul 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1962
  • 78 minutes
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #63

A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and 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

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
  • New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
  • The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!, a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film’s cast and crew
  • The Carnival Tour, a 2000 update on the film’s locations
  • Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score
  • History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse

    New cover by Edward Kinsella

Film Essays

Carnival of Souls

By Bruce Kawin May 15, 2000

Horror movies take place in their own territory. The trick is to get us there. It doesn’t matter whether they start with fantastic premises and gothic settings, or with ordinary neighborhoods . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Introduction to Carnival of Souls

By John Clifford May 15, 2000

Herk Harvey described to me a strange outdoor ballroom he had seen rotting on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. . . and said he’d like to make a film about creatures rising from the lake and . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Carnival of Souls

By Bruce Kawin May 15, 2000

Horror movies take place in their own territory. The trick is to get us there. It doesn’t matter whether they start with fantastic premises and gothic settings, or with ordinary neighborhoods . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Introduction to Carnival of Souls

By John Clifford May 15, 2000

Herk Harvey described to me a strange outdoor ballroom he had seen rotting on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. . . and said he’d like to make a film about creatures rising from the lake and . . . Read more »

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