Carnival of Souls [1962] [Criterion] (DVD)

Herk Harvey

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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.

Product Details

  • 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

Special Features

  • 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
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