Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a car accident, takes a job in a new town as a church organist, and soon starts seeing souls of the dead near an abandoned carnival. This 1962 film is considered a horror classic and does, indeed, have some strong points. Hilligoss is outstanding as Mary, the “souls” look genuinely creepy, and there is a definite bit of psychological terror going on here.
Unfortunately, the story moves along at a snails pace, making it a grind to sit through. The dialogue is pretty bad for the most part and some of the scenes, while filled with potential, come up short. That said, this movie is very beautifully shot. Carnival of Souls is worth a viewing, but don’t expect a great movie here.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6