5 Influential, atmospheric chilling slice of low budget horrordjinnie | 24/01/2008 | See all djinnie's reviews (2)One of the problems with modern Horror is that for every true gem that slides out of a dark and twisted mind there is Eli Roth. The fratboy mentality that passes off gore and nudity as substitutes for plot, tension and atmosphere. This leaves fans of the horror genre with a choice. What is it about horror that appeals? Graphic sequences with blood and blades? Try Dario Argento. Or is it the sense of something ominous building? Something as unstoppable as time that leaves those it chases unable to respond with anything other than sheer primal terror?Carnival of Souls falls into the later category. There is no big budget on display here. The accident that sparks off the whole chain of events happens within five minutes of the film starting. With a budget this small there is no room for the superfluous. And yet...The disintegration of the main character's mental state is brilliantly recognised through simple yet effective special effects and actions. The scene where she opts to spend time with her sleazy housemate to try and escape the shadowy figure chasing her is fantastic. Forget that this film was made in the sixties, you'd be hard pressed to find a more repellant 'saviour' in any modern horror film.And as for the demon tormentor... silent, with dark eyes boring out of a skull like face. His motives are unknown, he's just creepy as hell, and always watching...Short and sweet, the film gathers momentum from the opening frame and ends in a stunning sequence involving one of the best locations of any horror film.Horror fans and low budget film makers take note. This is a film you NEED in your collection.