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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candace Hilligoss ...
Frances Feist ...
Sidney Berger ...
Art Ellison ...
Minister
Stan Levitt ...
Dr. Samuels
Tom McGinnis ...
Organ Factory Boss
Forbes Caldwell ...
Carpenter in Organ Factory
Dan Palmquist ...
Gas Station Attendant
Bill de Jarnette ...
Mechanic (as Bill De Jarnette)
Steve Boozer ...
Chip, Man at Juke Box
Pamela Ballard ...
Dress Sales Lady
Larry Sneegas ...
Drag Racer
Cari Conboy ...
Lake Zombie
Karen Pyles ...
Dress Store Customer
T.C. Adams ...
Dancing Zombie
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Storyline

Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Horror | Thriller

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2 November 1962 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Corridors of Evil  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The backdrop is the Saltair Amusement Park outside Salt Lake City. See more »

Goofs

When talking to the doctor in his office, Mary's arm changes position between shots - from being on the desk to being on the arm of her chair. See more »

Quotes

John Linden: You're gonna need me in the evening, you just don't know it yet.
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Crazy Credits

The films opening credits fade in and out, scattered across the footage of the flowing river. See more »

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Semi-Forgotten Classic

Not many people know of this film, surprisingly--this is one of the most intelligently constructed and atmospheric horror (for lack of a better term) movies of all time. Whenever I do run across someone else who has seen this film, there is an instantaneous, unspoken understanding in regards to the enduring creepiness of this film.

My first viewing of COS occurred when I had inexplicably awoke in the middle of the night as a boy and switched on the TV. I had missed the opening minutes, but was powerfully drawn into the story. I sat transfixed until the shock ending, and think I just stared until after the sign off and following screen static. The next day I was not entirely sure I had actually watched this film or dreamed it--nobody else had ever heard of it and I never did catch the title (for some reason, its never shown much). Needless to say I was creeped out for days! Films that can affect one's sensibilities like this are golden! Find it and watch it in the middle of the night--alone.


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