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Carnival of Souls (1962)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  2 November 1962 (Finland)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.



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Release Date:

2 November 1962 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Corridors of Evil  »

Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)

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| (original) | (director's cut)

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1.37 : 1
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You won't shout, you won't scream because you'll feel too desolated and scared to do it.
27 February 1999 | by (bogota colombia) – See all my reviews

How scary a movie can be? Carnival of souls is scary as no other movie is by one simply reason, this film won't only frighten you to death but also will lead you to a desolation state: You won't shout, you won't scream because you'll feel too desolated and scared to do it. The plot happens to be superb: I love it when the whole plot starts making sense by the very end.

Candace Hilligoss play Mary Henry the lead role; the character is great and her performance is magnificent, she just gives the movie a vulnerable element that sometimes turns to be dark and mysterious.

Carnival of Souls became a cult film with plenty of honors; it's not only one of the most scary movies ever but also is a masterpiece of moviemaking.

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