When she was young, Alex watched a psychopathic circus clown rape and murder her mother. Now years later Alex is convinced the clown is free, alive, and out to kill her next. As Alex tries to understand what is happening the line between reality and hallucination becomes blurred.
Bobbie Phillips (Alex), Shawnee Smith (Sandra), Larry Miller (Louis), Paul Johansson (Michael), Cleavant Derricks (Sid), henry Sanders (Officer Soby), Brendan Dillon (Henry), Raquel Beaudene (Young Alex).
Carnival of Souls starts off well with some decent back-story, plot setup, and character development. From there the film focuses on Alex as strange things begin to happen and Louis the clown is introduced along with some interesting horror elements. The worst thing about this film is that it is beginning to show some serious age. Other than that, the horror aspect is nicely done and the story moves along pretty well.
Acting was pretty good with Phillips delivering a solid performance. Smith was a bit nutty as always but fit the film pretty well. Miller made a great creepy clown and really held the horror aspect of the film together. The remainder of the cast was mediocre.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were probably very well done when the film was made but are really showing some age now. Effects were also good but are showing age. Dialogue was good and moved the film along pretty well, while sound and soundtrack are again, showing some age.
Overall Carnival of Souls is a decent flick that reminds us of what horror used to be. Those who enjoy older horror films will probably like this one while fans of newer films and CGI will be disappointed.
With plenty of terror, a sex scene or two, foul language, and violence save this for the oldest teens and above.
Carnival of Souls is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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