The Carnival of Souls (1962) starts out with a drag race. A car of men challenges a car of women to a race, which ends when the women's car is forced off of a bridge. All of the women seem to be dead, having plunged into the depths of the water without ever resurfacing. Some time later, one of the woman, Mary Henry, emerges from the water without any injury. Mary continues on with her life and decides to take a job as a church organist in a different town. However, wherever she seems to go, she is haunted by the appearance of a zombielike man and is mysteriously drawn to an abandoned carnival house. What does this mean?! What will happen to her?!
This film is a cult classic. It is full of creepiness! The zombielike phantom man coupled with the organ playing is what gives this film its chill factor. I can still see those dark and dead eyes of the man leering at me through the screen!
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