Episode 39: Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls (1962)

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It’s the most ghoulish time of the year now that Halloween is here. In this episode, I explore Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult horror classic “Carnival of Souls.” The film tells the story of Mary Henry, a church organist who survives a car crash and is menaced by a zombie-like man. What makes “Carnival of Souls” so powerful and unforgettable for me is its narrative ambiguity, its complex portrait of Mary, and its exploration of loneliness, alienation, disconnection, and trauma.

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