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Carnival of Souls was a low-budget "B" film ($33,000 in 1962), directed by Herk Harvey, that did mediocre business on release, but has become a Cult Classic. In fact, some people consider it to be the best "B" movie ever made.

The plot in essence is a young woman who perceives, with gradually increasing frequency, images of a horrid, deformed stranger (as, for example, a temporary appearance in a mirror). The screw tightens until, at the climax, we find out who The Man is and why she has been receiving these visitations.

The movie is a case of an obscenely high-number of routine, standard tropes that more or less accidentally happen to work to a whole greater than the sum of the parts (or of the makers' designs and--arguably--capabilities).

In 1998, a remake executive-produced by Wes Craven was released, which received mixed, mostly-negative reviews.

Tropes used in Carnival of Souls include:
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