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Episode 43: Carnival of Souls (1962)

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Ideally you’ll watch Carnival of Souls at 3 am, the witching hour, that time when most things dead prefer to reach out to the living. Deep night only enhances its delicate lingering dread. And at that discomforting time, out of your comfort zone, you’ll see these wayward dead longing for theirs—an abandoned shadowy carnival and dance macabre. The dead don’t want to be alone and it’s electrically beautiful.

On this episode of the Diabolique Webcast, writer and critic Deirdre Crimmins joins us to discuss director Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult classic. Yes, cult classic—a phrase these days so easily tossed around and blown over the edge that it’s drowning in insignificance; but here, with Carnival of Souls, it couldn’t be more aptly applied.

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Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.

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