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Carnival of Souls, 1962.
Directed by Herk Harvey.
Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist and Sidney Berger.
Carnival of Souls centres on a young woman, Mary Henry (Hilligoss), who takes up a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City after seemingly defying the odds in surviving a car accident. En route she passes an abandoned amusement park where a goulish figure (The Man) beckons her to join him before disappearing. Arriving at her new home, Mary is introduced to landlady Mrs. Thomas (Feist) and lecherous lodger Mr. Linden (Berger), along with the church Minister (Art Ellison). As she begins to acquaint herself with this new life, Mary continues to see visions of The Man and as they grow in intensity, so too does the lure of the carnival...
A low budget and atmospheric B-movie horror, Carnival of Souls is the only feature film from director Herk Harvey (who also appears onscreen to portray The Man) and has grown in status in the years following its 1962 release to achieve a large cult following. It later served as the inspiration for the Wes Craven-produced Carnival of Souls, although the 1998 version bears little resemblance to this far superior original.
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