Carnival of Souls

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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society enters the final week of its month-long horror retrospective with Herk Harvey's under-seen cult classic, Carnival of Souls. This gem of low-budget ingenuity wrings every last drop from its almost laughably minuscule $30,000 budget, creating an intensely eerie atmosphere through its minimalistic style. The film's plot places it squarely on the existential end of the horror spectrum, and it's surprisingly thoughtful and philosophically minded for American genre fare of the era. Although it was well reviewed by critics, the film was largely lost on initial audiences but has since been embraced. Harvey, who wrote, produced, directed and acted in the film, would never helm another feature. His final directorial effort was a segment on Reading Rainbow in 1983.
Genre: Horror
Director: Herk Harvey
Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Herk Harvey
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Carnival of Souls on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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