Carnival of Souls :: Mini-Movie & Message

The first time I watched this video I was immediately drawn to it and the music that was seamlessly incorporated, I was sure there was a deeper message that needs exploration. Have you been there? Have you ever felt numb and wondered how you got there? This was a very powerful combination for me and I think you will enjoy the entire watch.


we thank : 1236bigcat over at ye ole YTube (YT for short) ;-D for this mini-movie that is cause for reflection!

Tigerlily was written, performed and produced by Natalie Merchant and was her first solo album (1995) after splitting from the 10,000 Maniacs. This sound is from a 1999 Live performance.

'Carnival of Souls' is a 'low budget' 1962 horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the movie never gained widespread public attention when it was originally released as it was intended as a B film and today, has become somewhat of a cult classic. Set to an organ score by Gene Moore, Carnival of Souls relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create its mood of horror. The film has a large cult following and occasionally has screenings at local film and Halloween festivals. Star Candace Hilligoss's agent refused to represent her any further after seeing Carnival of Souls. And, as it happens, "Carnival of Souls" deserves its newfound fame.

A moody, atmospheric combination of Alfred Hitchcock, Roger Corman and "The Twilight Zone" by one-shot filmmaker Herk Harvey, "Carnival" in many ways actually more resembles a movie that came along some years later — George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."

Herk Harvey was a Lawrence, Kansas-based director and producer of industrial and educational films for the Centron Corporation. While vacationing in Salt Lake City, he developed the idea for the movie after driving past the abandoned Saltair Pavilion. Hiring an unknown actress, Lee Strasberg-trained Candace Hilligoss, and otherwise employing mostly local talent, he shot Carnival of Souls in three weeks, on location in Lawrence and Salt Lake City.
~ wiki

My GOALS in this video are 3-fold:

1) ... Provide youtube viewers with substantive mind-food and pleasure. My union of these two artists as samples offers a new view unlike either taken alone before.

2) ... Provide this movie, 'Carnival of Souls', with a line of metaphorical subtext relating to something other than common ghost zombies. By jumbling scenes there is no way this is a spoiler for the movie, rather a teaser preview with a modern music twist.

3) ... Provide Natalie Merchant's excellent haunting song with a new aspect of meaning, hauntingly suited to this wonderful old movie. I suspect she had it in mind it fits so well. Maybe I feel as she does. This video should boost sales of her music if only slightly, and honor the resonance of her fine art, never to make a spoof, not at all is this a spoof ... I'm so much alive ... and suitably, this IS Natalie Merchant LIVE!

* This comment is to whom it may concern at Youtube and associates. I hold or hold no rights to this music, will never make a penny on it. Thanks for the grace of allowing me to share it as entertainment.

* Comments are welcome from viewers living or dead. My life is a carnival. Maybe it takes one who sees, to see. Gate number 9 is boarding and doors are opening. THANKS for watching a "B" igcat movie.

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