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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.

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Writer:
John Clifford (written by)
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Release Date:
2 November 1962 (Finland) See more »
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She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back! See more »
Plot:
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(28 articles)
7 Characters Who Were Dead The Whole Time
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Carnival Of Souls’ Supernatural Limbo
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Semi-Forgotten Classic See more (269 total) »

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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Additional Details

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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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:
Portions of the movie are tinted in a manner similar to silent films. Whenever Mary is in one of her altered mental states, the picture has a faint cyan tint, while all the "real" scenes are in pure black-and-white. Later in the film, the tinted segments also have distorted sound and picture.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Mary Henry's footfalls don't match her on-screen steps as she dashes into and through bus depot.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Thomas:You can take all the baths you want.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Wicked (1998)See more »

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53 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Semi-Forgotten Classic, 23 August 2000

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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