Friday, November 1, 2013

Last-minute Halloween recommendation

It's November 1st where I am, but Halloween still has anywhere from seven to ten hours remaining where you are.

If that doesn't allow you the time to find something on cable, on pay per view, on VOD, on Hulu, on iTunes, on Netflix, on Vudu, on DVD, on BluRay or at the theater, I've got a suggestion that is easily available to you on Youtube.

It's the 1962 cult horror B-movie Carnival of Souls, directed by Herk Harvey, which I watched last night on my Halloween. There are a number of copies of the full movie available on Youtube, but I'd go for one of the ones that runs 83 minutes.

I won't tell you too much about it, but to whet your appetite ... it's about a woman whose car goes over the side of a bridge when the driver of the car foolishly accepts a challenge to a drag race. The woman emerges from the crash that's fatal to the rest of the passengers, and starts seeing strange images ... most notably, that of a mysterious man who first appears as a reflection in the passenger side window of her car.

Carnival of Souls is one of those movies that reminds you that the greatest scares can come from the cheapest productions. This movie was made for only $33,000, which you can see in every shot, as well as most of the post-dub vocal work. But you can also feel the $33,000 in the chills that creep up your spine. People who love so-called practical effects understand this, and so did the makers of Carnival of Souls.

November 1st realities -- such as a son who insists on watching something on this computer -- are tugging at me. But you? Halloween is just starting for you.

And Carnival of Souls is just a few mouse clicks away.

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