This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 film “Carnival of Souls,” with Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Tom McGinnis, Forbes Caldwell, Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette, Steve Boozer, Pamela Ballard, Larry Sneegas, Cari Conboy, Karen Pyles, T.C. Adams, Sharon Scoville, Mary Ann Harris, Peter Schnitzler, Bill Sollner. Photography was by Maurice Prather, screenplay by John Clifford, music by Gene Moore, produced and directed by Herk Harvey.
“Carnival of Souls” is available from Criterion on DVD ($23.96) and Blu-ray ($31.96).
Do make a point of reading E. Yarber’s comments on the film. Most rewarding and insightful!
Writing in the New York Times (July 19, 1989), Stephen Holden said:
What has earned ”Carnival of Souls” its reputation is the director’s knack for building a mood of fatalistic angst in the story of Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss), a flinty, taciturn organist with Loretta Young cheekbones and a taste for macabre, expressionist keyboard music. After emerging miraculously unscathed from an auto accident that killed both her companions when their car plunged off a bridge, Mary decides to start life over in a new town, in a new job as a church organist. Her change of locale turns into a ”Twilight Zone”-like journey into another plane.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Tom McGinnis.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Sidney Berger.
Brain Trust roll call: Stacia (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie) and E. Yarber (mystery movie and mystery guest — and as a bonus a little history of our mystery film!)
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: Update: This is Frances Feist.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie), E. Yarber (Tuesday’s mystery guest and a nice essay on the film and Tuesday’s mystery guest).
Patrick: Yes, that was intentional. 🙂
For Thursday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Herk Harvey.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), E. Yarber (Wednesday’s mystery woman — and yet another installment in an interesting essay on our mystery film), and Kathleen Geier (mystery movie — and yes, that was intentional).
And for Friday, we have our mystery leading lady with some mystery zombies.
Update: This is Candace Hilligoss.
Brain Trust roll call: E. Yarber (Thursday’s mystery gent — plus the mystery gent’s bio), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Alan Warren (mystery movie).