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Gorgeous black and white cinematography elevate this low budget, often campy, horror movie into a cult classic. Candace Hilligoss plays the sole survivor of car crash. When she recovers, she travels to Utah to play the pipe organ for a church. As she creeps around her new boarding house and the surrounding town she experiences hallucinations of a dead soul following her. A slick boarding house roommate played by Sidney Berger attempts to woo her out of her isolation. But she is repeatedly drawn to an abandoned carnival on the outskirts of town. Some of the most effective scenes involve her slipping into a state where no one can see or hear her, and we start to wonder if she is one of the hallucinatory wondering dead souls. An eerie score played mostly on organ help to amplify the mystery. Candace Hilligoss delivers a fine performance as she slowly loses her grip on reality.
Carnival of Souls is a 1962 American independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when originally released, as a double feature with The Devil's Messenger; today, however, it is a cult classic. Its plot follows a young woman whose life is disturbed after a car accident, finding herself drawn to the pavilion of an abandoned carnival.
Set to an organ score by Gene Moore, Carnival of Souls relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create a mood of unease and foreboding. The film has a large cult following and is occasionally screened at film and Halloween festivals. It has been cited as an important influence on the films of both David Lynch and George A. Romero.
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