Carnival of Souls

While reading the comments under a previous film I watched on YouTube I read a comment mentioning that Carnival of Souls was worth watching, so last night I did just that.

I watched the colourised version which didn’t look too bad, but I found the original B&W version later and wished I had watched that, it looked better. Ah well.

The story involves a woman who got into a car accident and the aftermath. Itis a horror story, but don’t expect blood, guts, or possessing demons. It was made for $33,000 back in the day, and has since become a cult film, and influenced David Lynch and George A. Romero apparently.

For $33,000 they did a pretty good job really. I was reading on Wikipedia that they could not afford the rear projection screen for the driving shots, so they used a small camera and did the shots in an actual moving car… cheap is sometimes best. And from Wikipedia:

The scene at the start of the film where the car goes off the bridge and into the river was filmed in Lecompton, Kansas. The town did not charge a fee for the use of the bridge, only requiring the film crew to replace the bridge’s damaged rails once they were done filming. This was done, at a cost of $38 for the new rails.

That of course today would be all CG and probably cost one hundred thousand times more, plus there would be blatant product placement in the shot somewhere.

The actress playing the main character was very good, she kept up the tension well, and the sleazy guy living in the apartment opposite hers was very convincing, I was cringing at his moves on her.

As the film went on it became more and more like an experimental film, and I started to enjoy it more. It got pretty wiggy as the main character started realising what was happening to her.

The director played the main ghoul…

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Worth a watch.

Date watched: June 24th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2016: 105

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Re-Animator

This is a film I have been wanting to watch again for some time. I couldn’t find it on DVD, but last night found it on YouTube.

It is as good as I remember, with a good mix of horror and comedy. I think Evil Dead does it better, but this is right up there.

Date watched: May 16th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2015: 69

Scary Film

I felt like watching a horror again but when I came across this again I decided a horror spoof would be even better.

I saw this a few years back and remember I liked it, some scenes stuck in my head. It was still pretty funny the second time around with the direct spoofs of films like Blair Witch, The Usual Suspects and Scream being the funniest.

Good fun.

Date watched: September 28th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 96

Them

Pretty good to start off with but fizzled out towards the end. Certainly different to American horror/thriller movies, more tension.

Score: 7.5/10
Movie count 2010: 41

Halloween (2007)

The Rob Zombie version of Halloween. I haven’t seen the original movies so I can’t compare them.
It started out alright but soon turned into just another teenagers-must-die-for-their-sins slasher.
But watchable.

Score: 7/10
Movie count 2010: 37

Evil Dead 2

Not sure how many times I have seen this now, a few. A little dull in places but still one of the best horror/comedy movies ever. Groovy!

Score: 8/10
Movie count 2010: 34