ⓘ Carnival of Souls (1998 film)

Carnival of Souls (1998 film)

ⓘ Carnival of Souls (1998 film)

Carnival of Souls is a 1998 American horror film, a remake of Herk Harveys 1962 horror film of the same name, although it has very little in common with the story of the original. It stars Bobbie Phillips and comedian Larry Miller, and was directed by Adam Grossman and Ian Kessner. It was executive produced by Wes Craven.


1. Plot

Although this film is a remake of 1962s Carnival of Souls, it bears little resemblance to the original aside from the ending. This film centers on Alex Grant Bobbie Phillips who witnesses a carnival clown named Louis Seagram Larry Miller raping and murdering her mother on January 24, 1977. Twenty years later, Seagram returns after being released from prison and attacks Alex in her car. She drives the car into the river, and as she struggles back to shore she has hallucinations of Seagram and the same carnival where she met him. Alex is then drawn into a ghoulish game of cat and mouse with Seagram at the carnival.


2. Cast

  • Joseph S. Griffo as Photographer
  • Robert LaSardo as Candyman
  • Shawnee Smith as Sandra Grant
  • Henry G. Sanders as Officer Soby
  • Larry Miller as Louis Seagram
  • Raquel Beaudene as Young Alex
  • Mark Paskell as Clown
  • Paul Johansson as Michael
  • Tiffanie Ann Taylor as Young Sandra
  • Anna K. McKown as Elaine
  • Cleavant Derricks as Sid
  • Andrew Craig as Worker
  • Ellen Albertini Dow as Mrs. Meltzer
  • Brendan Dillon as Henry
  • Bobbie Phillips as Alex Grant

3. Release

Box office

Carnival of Souls was released on August 21, 1998 on a limited theatrical run, and eventually came direct-to-video in the United States and other territories.

Home media

The film was released on DVD by Lions Gate on February 23, 1999. It was later released by VCI on January 15, 2001 and by Cinema Club on December 31st that same year.


4. Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 5 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 4.1/10. Shawn Handling from stated that, although the film was "a decent little fright picture" and its style made up for its lack of originality, handling criticized the films "run-of the-mill" performances, writing, predictable story, lack of scares, and choice of music. TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, calling the film "dismal", writing, "Though filled with modern-day horror contrivances, Grossmans film evokes none of the haunting atmosphere that distinguished Herk Harveys eerily timeless original."

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