CARNIVAL OF SOULS 1962 WOT A NIGHT 1931
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CARNIVAL OF SOULS starring Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Herk Harvey and Frances Feist. Directed by Herk Harvey. Following a nasty car crash, a young woman decides to start life anew, taking a job as a church organist in a distant town. She soon finds herself drawn to a mysterious abandoned pavilion and begins to have encounters with the living dead. A low budget horror favorite that works on every level, this film conveys a real sense of dread and mystery as it unfolds to its shocking conclusion.
WOT A NIGHT Produced by the Van Beuren studio, this cartoon features the characters Tom and Jerry (not the later MGM cat and mouse duo) who run a taxi service and find themselves caught in a haunted castle. Surreal, outrageous and certainly not politically correct, this cartoon is hilarious and shocking by turns. Crazy entertainment!
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Herk Harvey and John Clifford came up with an interesting concept: Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) gets into what should have been a fatal car accident during a drag race. She is uneasy in town, but she is leaving anyways to take a job as a church organist (although to her its just a job and the church is a place of business). On her way there, she is stalked by a ghostly/ghastly man (scarily played by Herk himself). She becomes even more paranoid when it appears as though people treat her like she doesn't exist. The story comes to a thrilling conclusion with visually stunning scenes at the old carnival.
I cannot explain why I like this film, I just do. I think the colorization is actually well done. I have yet to listen to the humorous commentary so I cannot rate that. Although, if you have the extra money I would go for the Criterion Collection: the film is cleaned up so the great cinematography at the end is crisp, as well as having the director's cut.
But this copy more than satisfies my cult obsession with a low budget masterpiece. Highly recommend!!
Perhaps the reason for this is that the director, Herk Harvey, found a truly poetic inspiration in the source of his story - the haunting Saltair resort, which has been cursed by fires and floodings since it was first constructed at the turn of the twentieth century. This DVD features marvelous additional material, including a segment of postcards from the era, which, seen from the vantage point of the 21st century, are so strangely evocative of the later "dead" atmosphere that Harvey capitalized on. Candace Hilligoss is excellent in evoking sympathy for the heroine trapped in a frightening nether-world, and the scenes where she visits "The Pavilion" are among the eeriest ever filmed in creating a vivid sense of the supernatural.
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now given a new 4k scan 1080p HD transfer which does look incredible, the best the film has ever looked actually
and also most of the extras have been...Read more