Film #4 of the Halloween 31
I have heard of this movie because of its cult following, but I didn't really know that much about it. I began to gain interest in the film when I heard that RiffTrax was going to do it for their next live event. I decided to watch it because I found it on Hulu as a part of their Criterion Collection selection.
I found this film to be quite unusual. The plot was purely bizarre. Knowing this genre of film pretty well, I knew what was happening to the protagonist, but the writing of the film was all over the place. There are a lot of things that are unexplained. When used right, ambiguity can enhance the meaning of the film, but in this case, it just confuses the audience. The characters all fit very clear archetypes, and the development was rather lackluster. The cinematography was shaky, and the movement was random and uncoordinated with the action on the screen. The thing that bothered me most about the film, though, was the editing. It was jumpy. There were many times where characters were cut off in the middle of their sentences. It truly annoyed me, and disillusioned me from the film. One thing that I did like about the film, however, was that it built up the eerie atmosphere well using its sound, both the score and sound effects.
So overall, I think that "Carnival of Souls" is very overrated. It's a random, sloppily edited film. I have no idea why it is a part of the Criterion Collection, other than the fact that it has an interesting story involving its copyright.
Carnival of Souls
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: Hulu.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No, unless if I decide to see the RiffTrax version.
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