Carnival of Souls includes the soul of The Twilight Zone as all of its strangeness and otherworldly aspects make it a must see cult classic.
Now I say cult classic because the film itself is almost an accidental masterpiece so to speak. The audio kind of sucks and the dialogue is poor at times; sort of stagnant almost. Fortunately for first time director Herk Harvey, all of these mishaps and quirks lend themselves perfectly the the eery landscape that’s been painted for us.
While the movie itself may have been ahead of its time I don’t think it contains any elements that seasoned horror fans haven’t seen previously. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is creepy and the end may leave you thinking a bit.
My only criticism and it’s not even really a criticism is that the film may have worked better with more consistency in terms of the level of disassociation the protagonist goes through. It could have played out as her getting closer and closer to that final moment. Then again the viewer never really knows if “getting to that final moment” is what the movie is all about. Is it a dream? Purgatory? Split second before death?
On a side note, it’s kind of funny that men in the 60’s were like the Clay Buchholz of dating. They were either a seasoned gentleman or on the verge of raping you. Anyways, give this one a shot if you haven’t seen it.