Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Karen Young, who starred in films from Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight to Laurent Cantet’s Heading South, was a frequent MIFF guest until she became a Waterville resident and MIFF Shorts Programmer. At MIFF this year, she’s presenting Herk Harvey’s 1962 macabre masterpiece Carnival of Souls, which gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today. Made by industrial filmmakers on a small 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 striking locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. 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 is haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion where an otherworldly carnival is taking place in her honor….”An eerie exploration of the mutability of place and the purgatorial state of dreaming.”—Kier-la Janisse

Additional Information

U.S.A. 1962 – Digital Projection – 78 Minutes

In English

Director, Producer: Herk Hervey

Screenplay: John Clifford

Cast: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger

Print: Public Domain