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Carnival Of Souls is a 1962 movie created by Herk Harvey and stars Candice Hiligoss. When I first saw the film it made a huge impact on me. A huge impression. When I was maybe 11 or 10 years old I had a drowning accident and was as close to death as it gets. The experience was very peaceful and I had no desire to return to my "present". Even so, I suddenly felt a huge kick when someone pulled me out of the water. My mouth was gushing out water with terrible coughs in between and choking. That's how Carnival Of Souls starts, but the "accident" involves a car race over a bridge in Salt Lake City where the car dives into the water. The only survivor is Candice Hiligoss. Incidentally, Hiligoss appears to me to be a typical Hitchcock girl. Very attractive, classy and polite What's fascinating is the way the movie develops. Hiligoss's character works as a professional organist but her problem is she can't emotionally contact other people or connect to the world around her. She moves into "a rooming house" where a male lodger tries his best to score a date . The other two imposing roles are filled by the Church Pastor and the psychiatrist Dr Samuels. Everybody tries to help Candice but she is fated to be disconnected from the world around her. At times she simply cannot be seen by others and all connection is momentarily lost. This is a very deep film which gained a small cult following. On release at drive-ins around 1962 it performed very badly and was too psychologically deep for early sixties movie goers. However I found it to be a superb movie in the Alfred Hitchcock pattern. In some ways it reminded me of The Birds Carnival Of Souls is easy to watch on YouTube and dated 1962. 
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“It was sunset and I was driving to Kansas from California when I first saw Saltair. It’s an amusement park located at the end of a half-mile causeway out into the Great Salt Lake. The lake had receded and the pavilion with its Moorish towers stood silhouetted against the red sky. I felt I had been transported into a different time and dimension. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I stopped the car and walked out to the pavilion. The hair stood up on the back of my neck. The stark white of the salt beach and the strange dark quiet of the deserted buildings made it the spookiest location I had ever seen.” Herk Harvey


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