It’s shocking how readily available Carnival of Souls is (just look at that list of streamers). The first time I saw it, it was on a ragged old VHS tape, well into the DVD era, because that’s all there was. Yes, it’s technically in the public domain, but even Criterion has made a slot for the micro-budget independent story of a young woman who stumbles into an incredibly atmospheric, existentially dreadful fairground full of sunken-eyed tourists who don’t always seem to be having that much fun. It plays a bit like a mash-up of George Romero and David Lynch, but pre-dated the work of each of them.
Where to stream: HBO Max, Shudder, Paramount+, The Criterion Channel, The Roku Channel, Epix, Kanopy