Herk Harvey made educational and industrial films. 400 of them he says. His sole feature was 1962's Carnival of Souls, a weird indie horror film that clearly had some influence on things coming after it.
To write Harvey off for the first fact out of hand would be the same as writing off Robert Altman, who started on a similar career path. But Harvey is no Altman. That's not to say I didn't like Carnival of Souls, though Pat firmly did not. I spend most of this week explaining to Pat why he should like it -- and there are a lot of reasons to, which I hope I accurately articulate -- but there's a lot of good reasons not to like it, including an end reveal that taints everything that came before it. And that's still coming from the one of us who might actually watch this again.