Moviedrome Mondays: Carnival of Souls (1962)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction of director Herk Harvey’s 1962 independent gem Carnival of Souls – the only film he ever made. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 23, 1991 (read here). Not much more I can say about this low-budget item other than to nod in agreement with everything Cox has said about it. Along with Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers (another Moviedrome Monday entry) and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Harvey’s Carnival of Souls stands out as one of the most influential cult films ever made.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Carnival of Souls

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

12 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Carnival of Souls (1962)

  1. Hi John,

    Thanks for posting this. I have always loved Carnival of Souls. So great to see Cox’s introduction.

  2. Why you are quite welcome Cindy 🙂 I am having a ball over at your blog on your recent L13 post regarding Theaters vs. Home Viewing 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. You are quite welcome Mitchell 🙂 I am also glad that you had a great time reading Cindy Bruchman’s recent blog entry about Theaters and Home Viewing 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I need to see this. I’ve known about it for some time. This type of movie–psychological thriller with an occult bent–really creep me out and for the most part I avoid them. I want to see this one because it is so influential and it was made on less than a shoestring budget. I’m a big fan of The Honeymoon Killers and Night of the Living Dead, so I should be impressed.

  5. Carnival of Souls undoubtedly ranks up there with The Honeymoon Killers and Night of the Living Dead as one of three most influential cult films, so I am sure you will love it. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Carnival of Souls is a difficult watch for me because there’s so much in the character of Mary that really echoes my own experiences with anxiety and depression. I’m over all that now, touch wood. Maybe it’s time I invested in the Criterion Blu-ray?

  7. I hear ya Paul S 🙂 I love Carnival of Souls and I hope your anxiety and depression never comes back to haunt you again. I would say that Carnival of Souls is a great one 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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