In 1962 a group of independent film makers made a small psychological horror film that to put it simply TANKED. It wasn’t until the days of grindhouse cinema and late night cable that the brilliance of this atmospheric film got the credit that it deserved. The film of course is Carnival of Souls.
After a drag race goes wrong a car full of beautiful girls die except for passenger Mary Henry. She emerges from the river disoriented but alive. She’s a talent young organist and gets a job working at a church in Salt Lake City. While there she’s haunted by various ghouls emerging from the river.
The film’s pace and visuals are what makes this $33,000 cult classic the masterpiece it’s perceived as today. Actress Candace Hilligoss is one of the most beautiful 60’s actresses I’ve ever seen, but sadly her acting career practically began and ended with Carnival of Souls.
If you’ve never seen this masterpiece of the golden age, do yourself a favor and get it now.