Thursday, November 8, 2007

Carnival of Souls (TRAILER)

NOW PLAYING IN THE RECOMMENDED MOVIE SECTION!

12 comments:

Tom said...

I grew up in Lawrence KS, up until I was 10. This was back in the mid 60's. My Father (Lyle Hart) worked at Centron Studios with Herk Harvey. This was a few years after "Carnival" had been made. The film was a failure as feature film. Herk even offered to sell the film to my father at one point (as a joke). It wasn't unit much later that the film gained respect in art houses that Herk actually saw some well-deserved fame for his and John Clifford's (the writer) efforts. Herk was a lifelong friend of my Dad's and our family. He would joke that his biggest failure was his biggest success.

I'm glad to see it posted here.

Karswell said...

Great story! I love Carnival of Souls and have watched it many many times over the years... it has such a great eerie vibe to it.

Does Centron Studios still produce films?

Anonymous said...

I WATCHED CARNIVAL OF SOULS FOR THE FIRST TIME A FEW WEEKS AGO AND AT FIRST DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE BIG DEAL WAS. BUT I KEPT THINKING ABOUT IT FOR A FEW DAYS AND EVEN HAD A NIGHTMARE ABOUT IT! I GUESS IT DID WHAT IT SET OUT TO DO

Anonymous said...

This is one film I've always wanted to watch, thanks for reminding me.

Tom said...

Sadly, Centron is no longer a working studio. Back in 1981 Centron was sold off to Coronet Films, then over the next decade the staff either quit or retired until it was sold off bit by bit and nearly vanishing completely by 1990. But in '91 a KU professor (Charles Oldfather) bought Centron Studios (renaming it "Oldfather Studios") and it became home to the KU film school. The students who study there work on what is now called the "Herk Harvey Sound Stage", where many of Centron's corporate and educational films had been filmed.

One last note. When I was 5 or 6 Centron used me as an "actor" in a bunch of their educational films. I'd love to see some of that stuff now, but have no idea where it's all gone.

B-Sol said...

Always wanted to see this. I may have to finally check it out....

Anonymous said...

If this get's remade,then thats the final straw Hollywood.

Karswell said...

>If this get's remade,then thats the final straw Hollywood.

Someone had the audacity to make a film in '98 called Carnival of Souls but I'm not really sure if it's a remake of the Herk Harvey classic or not because I've never seen it, IMDb reviewers universally seem to tear it to pieces:
http://imdb.com/title/tt0120627/

And as one reviewer so aptly puts it, "Oh no it's got "Wes Craven presents" in the title." ha ha

Karswell said...

And thanks for all the fascinating Centron info Tom, maybe someday your early acting days will find a home on dvd--- or youtube!

Dr.Phibes said...

The one thing I remember about the first time I saw this was the atmosphere that something was not quite right. I think the eerie vibe comment is spot on.

Anonymous said...

Wrote to Harvey some years back and received a nice return letter from him. The person asking about whether Centron Films still exists must be either naive or living in some imaginary past.

Jim said...

As far as industrial-type films and horror, I think I once may have seen a George Romero educational film. As I recall, it was about two (real-life) opposing political candidates in PA. Once scene even had a shadowy, horror-type montage like the heads on the wall scene early in NOTLD, and the educational film also had the same library music as used in NOTLD. Good film, though this was in color (not b/w, like NOTLD). Well made, too, but the horror-type sequences were really bizarre for a political documentary. Grateful for all the Centron updates here. Still don't plan on seeing the "remake", but I've seen Carnival perhaps six times or more during the past 25 years or so, and have long owned multiple copies. Films are so much cheaper now than when I bought a 16mm print of NOTLD at age 15 for $150.00 (in maybe 1978)!!