Saturday, August 07, 2004

CARNIVAL OF SOULS

Back in the early 60's you could make a really awesome horror movie with a great imagination and a couple hundred dollars.
Okay, maybe like two thousand dollars because there is a car crash in the first 30 seconds, but other than that I really can't see it having cost much more than that.
The tone of the film is really well done. I think modern horror could learn a lot from this film in terms of somebody just standing in the wrong place at the wrong time being much more scary than somebody getting their small intestines ripped out and fed to them. It's a film of simple camera tricks, a beautifully terrifying soundtrack, some competent acting, and sounds and images that happen at perfectly jarring moments. It discusses human relationships and the diffuculties thereof (as good horror should) without dwelling on it or hitting us over the head with a message (which is what bad horror too often does.)
I love it and I recommend everyone who hasn't seen it to see it. But be careful. I hear there's one of the crappiest remakes ever made floating around out there. Make sure it's the 1962 Candace Hilligoss version.
And it's so much better than the film that steals its plot twist. You should understand what I'm talking about here when you watch it.
That's really all I had to say about it. It's one of the greatest horror films I know of. And I have an encyclopedic awareness of the genre.

There was another film on my DVD of Carnival of Souls. I'm still figuring out what I'm gonna say about it, so stay tuned.





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Blogger Shy said...

i was bumbling around looking for a blog to read. decided to see who else liked bubba ho-tep. wanted to say that the remake of Carnival of Souls is one of the crappiest flicks i've seen. don't even bother watching it. shrug and walk away.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120627/

August 9, 2004 at 7:52 PM  

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