Cincinnati Museum of Art to Screen Horror Films Arthouse House and Carnival of Souls in Its Parking Lot, Halloween Events Near Me Cincinnati

Photo: courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum of Art

A photo of Nobuhiko Obayashi lodge

UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to weather. The CAM says, “We will be rescheduling a theatrical screening in 2022, so stay tuned for future updates.”

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated horror experience this Halloween, the Cincinnati Art Museum is screening two bizarrely wonderful films in its parking lot.

During its Horror Film Fest: Haunted, the CAM will present a double feature film from 1977 lodge and 1962 carnival of souls from 7:30 p.m. on October 15. The films are free to watch and will be screened near the top of the Art Climb. (If it’s raining or inclement weather, the event will be canceled, so check CAM’s social media.)

Both are classics from the Criterion collection and so, so weird.

lodge is truly, as CAM describes it, “hallucinatory head-turning”. Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, the Japanese film with English subtitles follows a group of schoolgirls as they visit one of their aunt’s country houses. What follows is a lightly comedic psychedelic nightmare of a slumber party full of cannibalistic pianos, vampiric spirits and floating heads that will bite your ass off.

According to CAM, Obayashi “shaped the script after quirky musings from his 11-year-old daughter, then used every trick in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to turn it into a visually stunning and noisy reality.”

You can tell and it’s awesome.

carnival of souls is a black-and-white B-movie from director Herk Harvey. Here is the description of the CAM:

A young woman (Candace Hilligoss) from small town Kansas survives a drag racing accident, then agrees to work as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she is haunted by a strange apparition that drives her to an abandoned lodge by a lake. Made by industrial filmmakers on a shoestring budget, the incredibly effective B-movie classic carnival of souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau” – and, with its amazingly used pitches and spooky organ score, it pulls it off. Herk Harvey’s gruesome masterpiece became cult on late night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

Here is the trailer for lodge

And the trailer for carnival of souls

Horror Film Fest: Haunted takes place in the parking lot of the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams) from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 15. For more information, visit

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Mildred D. Field