Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Directed by Herk Harvey
Shown: Candace Hilligoss

A low-budget vision of rural horror that, whether consciously or subconsciously, laid the groundwork for so many striking images in spook-cinema. The use of mundane backdrops and normality as oppressive force works wonders. This is organ music as existential nightmare with a damp, sparse atmosphere that seems to soak into your very bones. My Autumn jam! Very fond of this one-and-out masterwork by Herk Harvey. Among my favourite 70 minutes ever committed to black and white film stock. Death is only theĀ beginning.

Watched on Criterion blu-ray.

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