[Editor’s Note: Arianna, an almost 13 year-old horror fan, was asked to give her opinion on classic horror films. Her first review, Night of the Living Dead, can be found here. For this installment, Arianna reviews the 1962 cult classic, Carnival of Souls. Before you grab your torches and pitchforks, please remember that there is a vast difference in the horror of today as opposed to the films we more mature fans consider “classics”. The Walking Dead has gore comparable to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (which was Rated X when it was first released). We are all products of our time. Nightmare Castle was in theaters when I was born. The hot horror movie when Arianna was born? Jeepers Creepers.-TMW]
Carnival of Souls was suggested to me as a classic, though I’d never heard of it. Personally, this was creepy of all things, not the kind of horror where I feel the need to cover myself in a blanket because something is bound to grab my foot. I was confused a lot; about the whole duration of the film.
I’ve noticed interaction with sound in horror movies, and usually in most the sound adds to the story-line right off the bat. But in this, it did not. They have you try and figure it out I suppose. I found myself restless and pretty bored ,waiting for to just snap into it and understand what was happening, but I never did. When the guy just stares at you through the screen , or there were multiple people , dark circles surrounding the eyes; that was the scariest it really got. This lady is running around, I literally have no idea what her objective is;what she’s trying to do, where shes going. Trying to escape? Most likely, yes. But then why was she there in the first place?
My dad suggested that perhaps this indicates that the film is too advanced for me. NO, that is not why I could not contemplate much less fathom what was happening. This could be someone’s favorite movie, and that’s respectable; everyone views things differently. I, on the other hand, was not impressed. Maybe adults will understand the story better, but I would not recommend this for the younger audience or my age group simply because of the confusion.
Check out this trailer for CARNIVAL OF SOULS: