Tonight's feature is a Halloween favorite, Carnival of Souls, a cult classic made for the ridiculous sum of $30,000. "But despite its flaws, 'Carnival of Souls' is more than just a mere curiosity. Its portrait of a lonely, intrepid rationalist besieged by spirits carries an eerie chill."
What has earned ''Carnival of Souls'' its reputation is the director's knack for building a mood of fatalistic angst in the story of Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss), a flinty, taciturn organist with Loretta Young cheekbones and a taste for macabre, expressionist keyboard music. After emerging miraculously unscathed from an auto accident that killed both her companions when their car plunged off a bridge, Mary decides to start life over in a new town, in a new job as a church organist. Her change of locale turns into a ''Twilight Zone''-like journey into another plane.
Almost from the moment she hits the road, alone in her car, Mary finds herself stalked by a ghoul who is invisible to all but her. She also senses that in some mysterious way he is connected to an abandoned pavilion that she first spies in the distance while driving and whose silhouetted domes awake in her a strange, thirsty curiosity.
From the opening credits that are slanted across the screen at odd angles, to shots of an entranced Mary playing demented organ music in an empty church, to Sidney Berger's leering portrayal of the wolfish lout who occupies the same rooming house, the movie colors everything from a faintly menacing, twisted perspective. (NY Times)
Getting into the Halloween spirit is so easy, because we are living in the era of the ghoul, the exaltation of the bloodsuckers. So every day is halloween.