It’s time for RiffTrax Live! “Carnival of Souls” (1962)
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting a special RiffTrax Live presentation of the 1962 Herk Harvey film, “Carnival of Souls” on Thurs., Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central in select movie theaters across the nation. A rebroadcast of the RiffTrax live event will take place on Halloween night- Mon., Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
Featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax Live event will be broadcast via satellite to participating cinema venues, direct from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. According to a RiffTrax press release, this will be the first time that the RiffTrax crew will riff the independently made horror feature, which is now considered a cult classic. The RiffTrax presentation will contain a newly restored print of the film.
Some interesting facts about Herk Harvey, the producer and director of “Carnival of Souls”
“Carnival of Souls” (1962) was directed and produced by Herk Harvey. Harvey was known for producing educational and industrial films for the Centron Corporation* of Lawrence, Kansas. Centron was a competitor to another long-established industrial/educational film studio, the Calvin Corporation. Harvey also appeared in the film, his character was listed as “the man.”
With his background in producing short subject films for the classroom and the workplace, Harvey teamed up with fellow Centron writer John Clifford, who wrote the film.
“Carnival of Souls:” Industrial production values on a shoestring budget
According to The Criterion Collection’s piece on “Carnival of Souls,” the film was made on a tight budget. Harvey’s low-budget horror film was considered to have the elements of a French “new wave” film, mimicking the style of filmmakers Jean Cocteau and Ingmar Bergman.
“Carnival of Souls” was distributed by a small independent releasing firm, the Herts-Lion Corporation. Harvey’s horror film would gain popularity on independent television stations long after its release and would instantly become a cult horror favorite over the years. In 1998, a lesser known remake of “Carnival of Souls” was made by noted horror filmmaker Wes Craven (1939-2015).
The upcoming RiffTrax Live presentation of “Carnival of Souls” will feature Herk Harvey’s low-budget cult classic with the fine art of movie riffing, through the courtesy of Mike, Bill and Kevin. It is one of many perfect cinematic opportunities for the Halloween season!
*Sidebar: Several cheesy Centron industrial shorts were riffed on MST3K and RiffTrax, including “Why Study Industrial Arts?,” “What About Juvenile Delinquency?” (both aforementioned films were produced under the “Young America Films” banner) and “Shake Hands With Danger” (which was riffed during the “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion” event back in June).
RiffTrax Live! “Carnival of Souls” (1962) Presented by RiffTrax and Fathom Events
Live (via satellite in select theaters) Thurs., Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central
Tape-delayed for the Mountain and Pacific time zones (7:00 p.m. Mountain/8 p.m. Pacific)
Encore Presentation: Halloween Night, Mon., Oct 31 at 7:30 p.m. (local time)
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