There's nothing like a cheesy horror film to make my day. Carnival of Souls is the 1962 brainchild of Herk Harvey, a producer/director/writer whose previous work was in industrial and educational films. His otto seems to have been "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Hollywood!" Shot in three weeks in Salt Lake City and his home base of Lawrence, Kansas, Harvey utilized local actors almost exclusively for Carnival of Souls, although he did tap Strasberg-trained Candace Hilligoss for the lead. Never heard of Candace Hilligoss?
Don't fret, not too many have.
Hilligoss plays Mary Henry, who is the only survivor when a car goes over a bridge. From that point on, she is haunted by the reflection of a ghoulish figure. Slowly, her personality changes as she seemingl;y becomes possessed.
Why bother explaining it, when you can view it. So here's the cult classic, Carnival of Souls:
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