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Carnival of Souls

A true original of low-budget artistry, Carnival of Souls is creepy, bizarre and dreamlike, at times perhaps resembling a lost episode of The Twilight Zone. Candace Hilligoss stars as Mary, who after an accident sets off for another town and a job as a church organist where she finds herself strangely drawn to an old abandoned amusement park. With its crisp black and white photography and bags of atmosphere, the film has slowly acquired cult classic status. Acknowledged by George Romero as an inspiration for Night of the Living Dead, it is also a film much admired by David Lynch. Harvey and writer John Clifford had their eye as much on the arthouse as the drive-in, aiming for “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau.”