IA #78: Carnival of Souls (1962)

 Carnival of Souls (1962) on IMDb

Carnival of Souls is one of those movies that was only appreciated years after its release. It was the magnum opus of Herk Harvey, who co-wrote, produced, co-starred, and directed this, his only feature film, after performing in educational and industrial shorts produced by Centron Corporation of Lawrence KS.

The film is about a young woman who emerges miraculously after a car accident then moves to Utah, where she is drawn to an abandoned carnival pavilion while being stalked by a ghoulish figure. It went largely unnoticed by critics upon its initial release but is now a Halloween staple. IMDb voters in particular really like it, which is why it’s in the Internet Archive Top 100.