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Carnival of Souls screening

Critics' pick

Embark on a "cross-country death trip" this month at the Cinefamily during the theater's late-night film series in honor of Halloween: "The United States of Horror." Spooky regional films from thirty different states are on the program, but today the focus is on Kansas. A far cry from Wizard of Oz's near-worship of the midwestern state, this silent, B-movie cult hit from the '60s tells the tale of a woman who accepts a job as a church organist only to become haunted by a spooky, pasty apparition (played by the film's director, Herk Harvey). Much of the film was shot with local citizens in Harvey's hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. The work—a precursor to the films of Romero and Lynch—is enhanced by a fitting all-organ score and eerie dream sequences.

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