Competition: WIN tickets to Carnival of Souls at Cornerhouse

Polly Checkland Harding

A new, immersive horror film experience is coming to the Cornerhouse – enter our competition to win a pair of tickets.

Have you ever tried watching a horror film on mute? It’s amazing the difference that music and sound effects make to the levels of tension – and it’s this idea that Bren O’Callaghan, director of a new, immersive film experience at the Cornerhouse, has taken to an extreme. His new, unique adaptation of director Herk Harvey’s peculiar feature-length horror film, Carnival of Souls, seats audience members in a darkened cinema, equipped with wireless headphones, and nothing else. There is no film.

Or not in the traditional sense, anyway. “Instead of thinking what I might add by way of staging or performance, I tried a different approach,” explains O’Callaghan. “What could I take away? Surely not the film itself? But that’s just what we’ve done.” The screen in Cornerhouse’s Cinema 1 will remain dark for the entire 60 minutes; instead, O’Callaghan and his team have used binaural audio to tell the film’s story: in a form of “audio ventriloquism”, this progressive technology gives listeners a 3-dimensional experience of sound, so that they are able to judge the proximity and direction of where noises are coming from.

Enter our competition to WIN a pair of tickets to Carnival of Souls

Imagine, then, following Carnival of Souls’ lead character Mary Henry – sole survivor of a terrible car crash and haunted by a figure who slips inside her dreams – into a sleepy Utah town where the local Mormon congregation are hiding a secret about the derelict carnival nearby. “Nothing, but nothing, is more terrifying, or more fabulous, than the shapes and swirls we are all able to conjure from the palette of our own imagination,” argues O’Callaghan. “You, the listener, become the art director and cinematographer. Your budget is unlimited.”

Now, we’re offering the chance for one reader to win a pair of tickets to experience Carnival of Souls at 8.40pm on Friday, 27 February. To enter, all you have to do is enter your details in the form below. The competition closes at 10am on Tuesday 24 February – good luck!


Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of Creative Tourist, HOME, Cornerhouse or associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. The offer is for one winner, who will be given a pair of tickets to see Carnival of Souls on Friday, 27 February. Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 24 February.

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