|release date||September 26 1962|
|studio||The Criterion Collection|
|writer||Herk Harvey and John Clifford|
|starring||Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt|
|tagline||Is there death after life?|
SynopsisAfter a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
This creepy, unusual little low-budget classic was made by a group of people who never really ever did anything else afterwards. But it has become a classic and George Romero even admitted “Carnival of Souls” influenced his “Night of the Living Dead” which came out six years later. Shot on location in Lawrence, Kansas and at the Saltair Amusement Park near Salt Lake City, Utah (one of the creepiest places I have ever seen that wasn’t a set), the plot is actually a variation on Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. Three girls, including Mary Henry (the outstanding Candace Hilligoss, who never made another movie) go drag racing and end up going off a bridge in their car. Mary is the only survivor but she seems changed by the accident and promptly packs her bags and accepts a job in Salt Lake City to play the organ for a church there. …Read More