Peter Strickland joins us at Curzon Soho to introduce personal favourite Carnival of Souls, an inspiration for his new feature In Fabric. The film will be presented in presented in 35mm print.
See the director Q&A for In Fabric at 6.15pm on 7 July: more info.
An absolute one-off cult classic, Carnival of Souls has been an inspiration for filmmakers for its combination of unsettling horror and the uncannily surreal. The only film by industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey, shot on a modest budget with the intention of having “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”, the end result is something that lingers eerily in the mind.
Walking away from the carnage of a drag race accident, a young woman becomes the organist in a small Kansas town. Soon she is haunted by the spirits of the town and herself. The love child of German Expressionism and The Twilight Zone, Carnival of Souls is one rabbit hole you should disappear down.