Friday, April 12, 2013

Classic Carnival of Souls This Weekend at Logue's

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

An atmospheric low-budget horror item that's been a favorite of drive-ins and arthouses both over the years, Carnival of Souls is a gem — further proof that all a filmmaker needs to unnerve an audience is style, imagination and the power of suggestion. Shot in 1962 by writer-director Herk Harvey, a maker of educational films directing what would be his only feature, it's an intensely creepy mood piece about a church organist (Candace Hilligoss) who starts to be followed by ghouls in the aftermath of a car wreck.

You'll figure out where the movie is headed early on (as much because of decades of imitators), but the eerie black-and-white visuals, the desolate Salt Lake City locations, and a score of shivery organ music will still get under your skin. Carnival of Souls plays 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Logue's Black Raven Emporium in the basement Cult Fiction Grindhouse theater.

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