History Film / CarnivalOfSouls

27th Oct '17 8:57:25 PM jamespolk
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The plot is hard to summarize without spoilers, but its essence is a young woman who perceives, with gradually increasing frequency, images of a horrid, deformed stranger (as, for example, a temporary appearance in a mirror). The screw tightens until, at the climax, we find out who The Man is and why she has been receiving these visitations.

The movie is a case of an obscenely high-number of routine, standard tropes that more or less accidentally happen to work to a whole greater than the sum of the parts (or of the makers' designs and--arguably--capabilities).

Along with a handful of other films, it also has the distinction of being riffed ''twice'' by [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson]]: First on the colorized [=DVD=] released by Legend Films, the second time with help from Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett on Podcast/RiffTrax.

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The plot is hard to summarize without spoilers, but its essence is a A young woman who perceives, lady named Mary is riding in a car with gradually increasing frequency, images her girlfriends when another car pulls up and challenges them to a drag race. Mary's friend unwisely accepts, and the two cars zoom off on a high-speed race, which ends when Mary's car plunges off of a horrid, deformed stranger (as, for example, bridge and into a temporary appearance in a mirror). The screw tightens until, at river.

Police and first responders are dragging
the climax, we find out who The Man is and why she has been receiving these visitations.

The movie is a case of an obscenely high-number of routine, standard tropes that more or less accidentally happen to work to a whole greater than the sum
river in search of the parts (or of car when a dazed Mary staggers onto dry land. After she recovers she leaves town, having been hired to play the makers' designs and--arguably--capabilities).

Along with
organ at a handful church in Utah. All is not well, however, as Mary starts to have terrifying visions of a ghoulish, undead man stalking her. When she isn't having these horrifying visions, she is experiencing other films, it also has terrifying interludes when, for no apparent reason, no one can see or hear her. And then there's the distinction creepy abandoned old amusement park, which Mary inexplicably finds herself drawn to...

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of being only a few films to be riffed ''twice'' by [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson]]: First on the colorized [=DVD=] released by Legend Films, the second time with help from Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett on Podcast/RiffTrax.



* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SurrealHorror
* TomatoInTheMirror

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* SugarAndIcePersonality
SugarAndIcePersonality: Mary is oddly inconsistent in her behavior towards John. She blows him off when he first tries to talk his way into her bed, which makes sense enough as he is a creep. But the next morning she is friendly and flirty when he comes over with coffee.
* SurrealHorror
SurrealHorror: A young woman plagued with a series of terrifying visions of a ghoul stalking her.
* TomatoInTheMirrorTomatoInTheMirror: Mary turns out to be a ghost.



* TheUndead

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* TheUndeadTheUndead: Eventually a whole host of undead ghouls are chasing Mary.
27th Oct '17 8:36:46 PM jamespolk
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* HauntedHeroine
* HazardousWater

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* HauntedHeroine
HauntedHeroine: Mary, once a calm and self-possessed woman, grows steadily more unglued as The Man stalks her every movement.
* HazardousWaterHazardousWater: Mary's friend has an accident while they are driving, with the car veering off a bridge and into a river.
27th Oct '17 8:28:28 PM jamespolk
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* TheBadGuyWins

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* TheBadGuyWinsTheBadGuyWins: The Man, and all the other ghouls, apparently drag Mary back to the afterlife.



* ButtMonkey: John
* CasanovaWannabe: John, again.
* CelibateHero

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* ButtMonkey: John
John, with his pathetic and desperate attempts to get into Mary's pants.
* CasanovaWannabe: John, again.
again.
* CelibateHeroCelibateHero: Mary doesn't much like to be around people. She rejects John's advances--although that may be be because John's such a creep.



* DeadAllAlong

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* DeadAllAlongDeadAllAlong: Mary drowned in the car crash, and the rest of the story unfolds with her as a ghost, instinctually resisting the trip to the underworld.



* TheEnd
* EvilAlbino



* HotAndCold: John sees Mary as this. First she acts cold and doesn't want to see him, then flirts with him when he brings her coffee, before turning down a date and then agreeing soon after. She acts bored on his date before telling him she wants to be with him that night before finally acting disinterested. He's understandably confused



* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn

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* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwnInTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Finally Mary has to go to the pavilion and face the ghouls by herself.



* LooksLikeCesare: The Man, to some extent, with his pale skin and dark-circled eyes.

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* LooksLikeCesare: The Man, to some extent, with his pale skin and dark-circled eyes. Later we see a bus full of ghouls, and a ''danse macabre'' at the pavilion, with all the ghouls having that same Cesare look.



* OurGhostsAreDifferent

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* OurGhostsAreDifferentOurGhostsAreDifferent: Mary's a ghost. Sometimes she is corporeal and can interact with the living world, but sometimes she seems to pass into some sort of ghost dimension where no one can see or hear her (and she can't hear them).



* ThePlace



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: John

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: JohnJohn bails when Mary's screams of terror in her room freak him out.



* SilentAntagonist

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* SilentAntagonistSilentAntagonist: The Man never speaks, only smiling evilly.



* TsunDere: John sees Mary as this. First she acts cold and doesn't want to see him, then flirts with him when he brings her coffee, before turning down a date and then agreeing soon after. She acts bored on his date before telling him she wants to be with him that night before finally acting disinterested. He's understandably confused
27th Oct '17 5:09:51 PM jamespolk
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* JumpCut: There's a jump cut from Mary trying to get through a locked gate at the bus station to Mary outside, walking down a sidewalk. This just underlines the unreality of her situation.
27th Oct '17 4:47:03 PM jamespolk
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''Carnival of Souls'' is a low-budget ($33,000 in 1962) "B" horror film produced, directed, and co-written by Herk Harvey which did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. Creator/GeorgeARomero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.

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''Carnival of Souls'' is a low-budget ($33,000 in 1962) "B" horror film produced, directed, and co-written by Herk Harvey which did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. Creator/GeorgeARomero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
''Film/{{Night of the Living Dead|1968}}''.



* LooksLikeCesare: The Man, to some extent.

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* KubrickStare: The Man gives a positively chilling one when he emerges from under the water of the amusement park pool.
* LooksLikeCesare: The Man, to some extent.extent, with his pale skin and dark-circled eyes.
27th Oct '17 11:29:15 AM jamespolk
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* MatchCut: From Mary turning the ignition on her car to Mary pushing a button on her pipe organ.



* TwistEnding

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* TwistEndingTwistEnding: Mary actually drowned in the car wreck, and she's been DeadAllAlong.



* TheXOfY

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* TheXOfY
TheXOfY: ''Carnival of Souls''
27th Oct '17 11:23:58 AM jamespolk
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There's a clue early in the movie. One of the searchers at the river says that the car has been in the river for three hours. Shortly after this, Mary is staggering up on the riverbank. Where has she been all that time?
27th Oct '17 11:12:31 AM jamespolk
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* BadDreams: [[spoiler:One of Mary's visions is revealed to have been a dream near the end.]]

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* BadDreams: [[spoiler:One One of Mary's visions is revealed to have been a dream near the end.]]



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:See ''Ineffectual Loner'' below.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:See See ''Ineffectual Loner'' below.]]



* DancesAndBalls: Part of the Carnival's backstory. [[spoiler:Played for Horror later on in the main story]].

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* DancesAndBalls: Part of the Carnival's backstory. [[spoiler:Played Played for Horror later on in the main story]].story.



* TheDeadCanDance: [[spoiler: Mary spies a ''danse macabre'' in the carnival tent.]]

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* TheDeadCanDance: [[spoiler: Mary spies a ''danse macabre'' in the carnival tent.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Mary is chased down and swarmed by the Man's ghosts. The next morning, the other main characters manage to dredge up the car she crashed in with her body still inside.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Mary is chased down and swarmed by the Man's ghosts. The next morning, the other main characters manage to dredge up the car she crashed in with her body still inside.]]



* FinallyFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:How TheReveal is made.]]
* TheGrimReaper: [[spoiler:What The Man seems to be]].

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* FinallyFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:How How TheReveal is made.]]
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* TheGrimReaper: [[spoiler:What What The Man seems to be]].be.



* IneffectualLoner: Mary [[spoiler:until she no longer wants to be alone. This entire movie could arguably be summed up as "being Mary sucks"]].

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* IneffectualLoner: Mary [[spoiler:until until she no longer wants to be alone. This entire movie could arguably be summed up as "being Mary sucks"]].sucks".



* {{Motifs}}: Water is either present or referenced to in a lot of the scary stuff [[spoiler:which makes sense given the opening and the TwistEnding]]. It's inconsistent though as some of The Man's apperances have nothing to do with water.

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* {{Motifs}}: Water is either present or referenced to in a lot of the scary stuff [[spoiler:which which makes sense given the opening and the TwistEnding]].TwistEnding. It's inconsistent though as some of The Man's apperances have nothing to do with water.



* OhCrap: An oddly-delayed version of this occurs [[spoiler:during the second visit to the psychologist.]]

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* OhCrap: An oddly-delayed version of this occurs [[spoiler:during during the second visit to the psychologist.]]



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: [[invoked]] [[spoiler: Modern audiences will ''immediately'' realize Mary is in a DyingDream or DeadAllAlong when she stumbles out of the car wreck - never mind that this was one of ''the very first'' movies to employ this trick.]]

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: [[invoked]] [[spoiler: Modern audiences will ''immediately'' realize Mary is in a DyingDream or DeadAllAlong when she stumbles out of the car wreck - never mind that this was one of ''the very first'' movies to employ this trick.]]



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/778027c48b38e658e519b3a83a927143/tumblr_mkatgtLT7S1rl4lszo1_500.jpg original one-sheet for the movie]] gives away the ending [[spoiler: at the bottom, in the middle]].

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/778027c48b38e658e519b3a83a927143/tumblr_mkatgtLT7S1rl4lszo1_500.jpg original one-sheet for the movie]] gives away the ending [[spoiler: at the bottom, in the middle]].middle.


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27th Aug '17 9:18:05 AM Mdumas43073
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-->--Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19891027/REVIEWS/910270302/1023 review]].

''Carnival of Souls'' was a low-budget "B" film ($33,000 in 1962) that did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. Creator/GeorgeARomero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.

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-->--Creator/RogerEbert's -->--'''Creator/RogerEbert'''[='s=] [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19891027/REVIEWS/910270302/1023 review]].

''Carnival of Souls'' was is a low-budget "B" film ($33,000 in 1962) that "B" horror film produced, directed, and co-written by Herk Harvey which did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. Creator/GeorgeARomero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
1st Jun '17 8:35:25 PM jormis29
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''Carnival of Souls'' was a low-budget "B" film ($33,000 in 1962) that did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. George Romero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.

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''Carnival of Souls'' was a low-budget "B" film ($33,000 in 1962) that did mediocre business on release, but has become enough of a CultClassic to merit a [=DVD=] release by Creator/TheCriterionCollection. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made. George Romero Creator/GeorgeARomero stated that ''Carnival of Souls'' was the inspiration for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
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