Carnival of Souls (1998 film)

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Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Adam Grossman
Ian Kessner
Produced by Lisa Harrison
Written by Adam Grossman (director)
Starring Bobbie Phillips
Shawnee Smith
Larry Miller
Paul Johansson
Cleavant Derricks
Henry G. Sanders
Brendan Dillon
Music by Andrew Rose
Cinematography Christopher Baffa
Edited by David Handman
Release date
  • August 21, 1998 (1998-08-21)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000

Carnival of Souls (also billed as Wes Craven Presents 'Carnival of Souls') is a 1998 American horror film, a remake of Herk Harvey's 1962 horror film of the same name, although it has very little in common with the story of the original. It stars Bobbie Phillips and comedian Larry Miller, and was directed by Adam Grossman and Ian Kessner. It was executive produced by Wes Craven.


Although this film is a remake of 1962's Carnival of Souls, it bears little resemblance to the original aside from the ending. This film centers on Alex Grant (Bobbie Phillips) who witnesses a carnival clown named Louis Seagram (Larry Miller) raping and murdering her mother on January 24, 1977. Twenty years later, Seagram returns after being released from prison and attacks Alex in her car. She drives the car into the river, and as she struggles back to shore she has hallucinations of Seagram and the same carnival where she met him. Alex is then drawn into a ghoulish game of cat and mouse with Seagram at the carnival.



Box office[edit]

Carnival of Souls was released on August 21, 1998 on a limited theatrical run, and eventually came direct-to-video in the United States and other territories.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD by Lions Gate on February 23, 1999. It was later released by VCI on January 15, 2001 and by Cinema Club on December 31st that same year.[1]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 5 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 4.1/10.[2] Shawn Handling from stated that, although the film was "a decent little fright picture" and its style made up for its lack of originality, handling criticized the film's "run-of the-mill" performances, writing, predictable story, lack of scares, and choice of music.[3] TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, calling the film "dismal", writing, "Though filled with modern-day horror contrivances, Grossman's film evokes none of the haunting atmosphere that distinguished Herk Harvey's eerily timeless original."[4]


  1. ^ "Carnival of Souls (1998) - Adam Grossman". AllMovie. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Wes Craven Presents: Carnival of Souls (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ Handling, Shawn. "Film Review: Carnival of Souls (1998)". Shawn Handling. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Carnival Of Souls - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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