2-Disc Extended Director's Cut. Includes Original Theatrical Version.
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 his eerily effective B-movie classic that continues to inspire filmmakers today.
- Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt
- Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Release Date: 05/16/2000
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Catalogue #: 63
- The Movie That Wouldn't Die! The Story of Carnival of Souls: a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew
- 45 min. of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score
- Illustrated History of the Saltair resort in Salt Lake City
- The Carnival Tour: a video update on the film's locations
- Selected Audio Commentary by screenwriter John Clifford and late director Herk Harvey
- One hour excerpts from films made by the Centron Corp.
- 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