October Film: Carnival of Souls (1962)


Carnival of Souls

83 minutes | 26 September 1962 | United States

‘Atmospheric 60s B-horror film with a cult following. Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around with two friends but everything goes wrong when challenged to a drag race and their car gets forced off of a bridge. The car sinks into the murky depths, and all three women are assumed drowned. Some time later Mary emerges unscathed from the river. She tries to start a new life by becoming a church organist but Mary finds herself haunted by a ghostly figure that instills fear and dread into her.’

Director: Herk Harvey
Producer: Herk Harvey
Written By: John Clifford, Herk Harvey (uncredited)
Starring: Candace Hilligoss as Mary Henry, Frances Feist as Mrs Thomas, Sidney Berger as John Linden, Art Ellison as Minister, Stan Levitt as Dr Samuels
Music: Gene Moore
Cinematography: Maurice Prather
Edited By: Bill de Jarnette, Dan Palmquist
Production Company: Harcourt Productions
Distributor: Herts-Lion International Corp.

Downloads (via Internet Archive): 512KB MPEG4, MPEG2, Torrent

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The Internet Archive, at archive.org, is a prominent source for moving pictures in the public domain or under a Creative Commons licence. This means that they are free to stream, and in many cases to download and utilise creatively. The Internet Archive holds a collection of more than 3,000 feature films, many but not all from the silent era, and from across world cinema.

Each month I will select an available film, typically courtesy of the Internet Archive, and present it here to watch and with links to download wherever possible. The following day I will publish an analysis of the film, based on my own viewing, alongside commentary from pertinent critics. Read Carnival of Souls analysis at Culturedarm.