Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carnival of Souls #atozchallenge

Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

           Made at a cost of $33,000 in 1962, Carnival of Souls has been a highly influential cult film though it was barely noticed on its initial release.  The story is somewhat absurd, the acting is at times amateurish, and the production quality reflects the low budget nature of the film.   In this film the location is the real focal point of the film.

           The director, Herk Harvey, got his inspiration for Carnival of Souls after seeing an abandoned amusement park on the shores of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.  It's this location as well as other locales around Lawrence, Kansas and Salt Lake City, Utah that contribute to the weird yet familiar atmosphere that this film depicts.

           The fact that the film has a black and white noirish look to it and an eerie soundtrack of organ music throughout adds to the dreamlike effect of the film.  Carnival of Souls is much like a feature length episode of the original Twilight Zone.   And maybe even more like some unsettling dream that might have caused you to wake up in the middle of the night.

        Have you seen Carnival of Souls?   Do you enjoy films in black and white?   Have you ever seen or visited an abandoned amusement park?

Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. Have never seen Carnival of Souls, and I'm glad. Too many odd movies carry themselves over into my dreams - so I try to avoid that. I have enough nightmares with help!
    And no I've never visited such a place.

    Do enjoy a good black and white though!

  2. Yolanda-- This is a film I need to revisit. I saw it on public TV years ago and thought it peculiar. Kind of good in a strange way.


  3. OMG! I loved the "No Refunds" disclaimer at the end of the trailer! This does look spooky and a bit hokey, but could be fun. I do like black and white films. A friend of ours has grand kids that call black and white films, "Grandpa Jack's gray films." Love that. I haven't visited an abandoned park, but did work at "live" one once!


I'd love to hear your comments or to just know that you were here. Please let me know what you think. And if you'd be so kind, please click on the Friend Connect button. It's nice to be joined on my dream journey with others who want to explore the mysterious world of the subconscious mind.
Sorry, due to too much spam I no longer allow anonymous comments on this site. If you want to comment and aren't registered yet then please sign up. It's not all that difficult and I'd really like to hear what you have to say. Comment away!

The Dreamer