I remember seeing this movie as a kid and it scared the hell out of me. I ranked it as the 45th greatest horror movie of all time.
This is a true independent film if ever there was one. With no money or special effects, Herk Harvey creates a spine-tingling thriller and gives us the first glimpse of the modern-day zombie. Slant:
....remains virtually unsurpassed in its capacity to sustain dread. Candace Hilligoss's proto-feminist is an adrift spirit in an unwelcoming world, alienated by men and God and perpetually surfacing from a living nightmare beyond her comprehension. The enigmatic nature of her plight, and of the ethereal, titular carnival, suggest a multitude of fates to which death is preferable.