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Carnival of Souls -- A young girl witnesses the brutal rape and murder of her mother by a circus clown and begins to have nightmares when the carnival comes back to town when she is an adult.
Carnival of Souls -- An accident victim becomes a church organist after being drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
Carnival of Souls -- After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
Carnival of Souls -- Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavillion. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, "Carnival of Souls" was intended to have the "look of a Bergman" and "feel of a Cocteau," and succeeds with its strikingly-used locations and spooky organ score.

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John Clifford (written by)
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2 November 1962 (Finland) See more »
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She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back! See more »
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Candace Hilligoss ... Mary Henry
Frances Feist ... Mrs. Thomas, Landlady
Sidney Berger ... John Linden
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
Sharon Scoville ... Mary's Girlfriend
Mary Ann Harris ... Mary's Girlfriend
Peter Schnitzler ... A Walking Corpse
Bill Sollner ... Lake Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reza Badiyi ... Bus Ticket Customer (uncredited)
Ed Down ... Man at Bridge (uncredited)
Herk Harvey ... 'The Man' (uncredited)
Wayne Shmille ... Sheriff at Bridge (uncredited)

Directed by
Herk Harvey 
 
Writing credits
John Clifford (written by)

Herk Harvey  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Herk Harvey .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gene Moore 
 
Cinematography by
Maurice Prather (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill de Jarnette  (as Bill De Jarnette)
Dan Palmquist 
Herbert L. Strock (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
George Corn .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lanny Fellers .... assistant production manager
Larry Sneegas .... production manager
Richard Walker .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reza Badiyi .... assistant director (as Raza Badiyi)
 
Sound Department
Ed Down .... sound
Don Jessup .... sound
 
Other crew
Dan Fitzgerald .... title designer
 
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Also Known As:
"Corridors of Evil" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
78 min | 91 min (original version) | USA:84 min (director's cut)
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Color (green tinted) | Black and White
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Australia:PG | Canada:R (Manitoba) (2002) | Canada:G (Quebec) (1997) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (1991) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (1990) | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) (1962) | Finland:K-18 (re-rating) (1962) | Germany:12 | Norway:16 | UK:12 (DVD re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2009) | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:PG (re-release) (1990)

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Trivia:
This was the only feature film that director/producer Herk Harvey ever worked on.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the conversation with her landlady after she returns from the car trip with the Minister, Mary's position on the staircase changes between shots. She is lower down the stairs in the second shot.See more »
Quotes:
Minister:You cannot live in isolation from the human race, you know.See more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
We open with a car crash..., 21 May 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Mary and her two friends leave the road and fly off a bridge during a friendly dragster race. She is the only survivor and after her recovery she takes up a job as the church organist in a new town, but she is constantly blighted by a ghostly like visitor and periods of time when nobody seems to know she exists.

A hinted spoiler follows.

Carnival Of Souls has thankfully found a whole new audience in the new millennium, the advent of cheap triple pack DVDs and a lush Criterion release have brought it firmly to the attention of Horror/Ghost fans who were not aware that the film even existed. That said, there is no doubting that many big name directors were fully aware of it, tho, for Carnival Of Souls has influenced such luminary genre masters from Romero to Carpenter, and from Hooper to Shyamalan, be it the low budget DIY ethic, or its now genre staple twist ending, it's a film (along with it's director Herk Harvey) that is referenced as much as it is copied.

The tag often used for the film is that it's an elongated Twilight Zone episode, and sure enough I think that is a perfect fit. Its whole structure feels like a part of that wonderful and amazing Rod Serling show, and for sure this story owes a doff of the cap to An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge (an Ambrose Bierce short that was reworked and used on Serling's show), but to merely suggest a retread of a previously used idea would be very unfair. Carnival Of Souls is full of eerie sequences that are dream like in quality yet goose pimply in effect. Scored at frequent intervals by a jangling organ shrill, the ghostly phantoms that plague poor Mary actually bring a shiver to the spine; while a surrealistic dance of the carnival is a stunning eerie highlight. It's a wonderfully brought together story that has one pondering uneasily from the get go, managing to jolt your senses adroitly with a very special ending.

With a small budget of only $30,000 and a cast of friends, Herk Harvey crafted one of the best independent horror sub-genre films ever made. Don't believe me? Then go ask Romero, Raimi or Hooper. 8/10

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