Carnival of Souls (1962)

It’s impossible to experience the monochrome weirdness of David Lynch’s first feature, Eraserhead, or the ghoulish zombie nightmare that is George Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead without recalling the eerie atmospherics, off-kilter images and disorientating dream sequences found in this influential cult movie. Emerging from a river sodden and somnambulant, Mary Henry (Hilligoss), is the sole survivor of a drag race crash, but her mental disorientation and a mysterious white-faced man later draw her to an abandoned carnival pavilion in Salt Lake City. Mary’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by episodes in which she seems to become invisible and inaudible to those around her. Shot in three weeks for a paltry $33,000, it features a creepy organ score. NF
Dir Herk Harvey (Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger)

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