I’ll tell you something that baffles me about Carnival though. Why didn’t lead actress Candace Hilligoss have a bigger career? I mean, look at her. The camera loves her. She’s absolutely striking.
If you are wondering, yes, my phone camera is still shit.
The score by Gene Moore is so great. It just feels like the sixties, resonating like Bernard Herrmann and H.G. Lewis’s old stuff. Carnival Of Souls plays out like an elongated Twilight Zone episode – which is no surprise since it is fairly similar to Zone ep ‘The Hitch Hiker’ – with a conclusion which has sadly been used countless times since. The antagonist (known only as The Man and played by director Harvey himself) isn’t much to look at – kind of reminded me of Grandpa Munster to be honest – but some of the “scare” setups were way ahead of their time.
Overall, an excellent piece of vintage American horror cinema and should be sought out by anyone who is interested in that sort of thing.