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Friday, October 9, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: Carnival of Souls


MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to welcome you to Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society, meetings on the second Friday of each month.  Last week, society members posted three clues as to their chosen film for the month.  Today is the big reveal. Here are my three clues:

- This independent film from 1962 has been cited as an important influence for films directed by David Lynch and George A. Remero.

- This movie cost $33,000, thus it relies on atmosphere more than special effects to create a foreboding mood.

- The director was an educational video director by trade, but decided to try something new after inspiration struck while he was on a business trip.




I loved Carnival of Souls. I saw it last March on Offbeat Cinema and as the beatniks explained, Carnival of Souls was directed by Herk Harvey in 1962. Harvey was an educational video director by trade, but decided to try something new after inspiration struck while he was on a business trip. The only know actress that was casted was Candace Hilligoss, who played Mary Henry. This is a total B movie because it was low budget, relies more on atmosphere than special effects, and it's creepy. The beatniks on Offbeat Cinema said this movie inspired Night of the Living Dead.

I don't want to give away too much of the movie because I think people should see this movie. A brief summary: three girls are out driving together, young men challenge the girls to a drag race, they accept the challenge, then they crash off of a bridge into the water. Authorities begin to drag the car out of the water, but Mary (Hilligoss) surfaces - they believe she is the only survivor. What appears to be trauma, Mary moves several states away to become a church organist, but instead plays eerie music. The pastor is mortified. She begins seeing a ghastly man. She eventually follows the ghost, sees all the other souls who haven't passed on yet, and she learns the truth.

Back in June one of the senior center members burned a copy of this DVD for me. I thanked him up and down for his kind gesture, as this is one of my favorites. 





You can also watch it on YouTube for free since the copyright ran out.

8 comments:

  1. I was right about horror, haha .. I'm saving the YouTube video for later watching!

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    1. You'll enjoy it, I think! It's not overly scary... just eerie. :)

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  2. I've never even heard of it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hadn't heard of it until I saw it on Offbeat Cinema. That TV show really shows great B movies.

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  3. Oh this is just a brilliant film-so well done! I first heard about from, all people, Leonard Malton! I now own a copy and I love it. I always thought what the people who saw her thought about after actually seeing the wrecked car

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    1. After I saw it the first time, I wondered the same thing! I guess it was like one of those Twilight Zone episodes - the moon and stars were aligned in such a way to make it possible! I always think that's so cool - I've always loved sci-fi movies and books!

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  4. I've heard of this but have never seen it. Sounds like it might be worth looking into.

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    1. I don't think you'd be disappointed and it's good for this time of year!

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