Carnival Of Souls: The Criterion Collection

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Carnival Of Souls: The Criterion Collection

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Carnival Of Souls: The Criterion Collection

Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of Souls was intended to have the "look of a Bergman" and "feel of a Cocteau," and succeeds with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Criterion is proud to present the ultimate special edition of his eerily effective B-movie classic that continues to inspire filmmakers today.

This Double-Disc Set Includes:

The Original Theatrical Version

The Extended Director's Cut


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 14 2000
  • Production Year 1962
  • Empire SKU 11523
  • UPC Code 715515010221
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Original Version
The Movie That Wouldn't Die! The Story of Carnival of Souls: a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew
45 min. of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score
Theatrical Trailer
Illustrated History of the Saltair resort in Salt Lake City
The Carnival Tour: a video update on the film's locations

Extended Director's Cut
Selected Audio Commentary by screenwriter John Clifford and late director Herk Harvey
One hour excerpts from films made by the Centron Corp.
Essay on the history of Centron from Ken Smith's Mental Hygiene
Printed Interviews with Harvey, Clifford, and star Candace Hilligoss, illustrated with vintage photos and memorabilia


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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