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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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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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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
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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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According to director Herk Harvey, one reel of footage for the film was unfortunately ruined during processing. Harvey said it was a long series of shots that was suppose to take place just before Mary sees the "souls" dancing in the ballroom. In the shots the ghouls were supposed to slowly appear from behind the rotting dock pylons out on the salt flats and slowly walk across the prairie to the ballroom, where they would begin to dance. Sadly, the footage was overexposed during the processing and couldn't be included in the film..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:
Dr. Samuels:Now, don't be hasty!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Babadook (2014)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Come to Utah For a Good Time, 4 January 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

After a traumatic accident, a woman (Candace Hilligoss) becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

This film is a horror movie more in the psychological sense. It relies on surreal camera-work, eerie organ music, and minimal actual frights (though some zombie-like beings do show up). This film reminded me of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in its pacing and mood, though the plots have absolutely nothing to do with each other (this film was once an Ambrose Bierce short story).

The black and white was not a hindrance and at times added something more. The sound could have been better. A colorized, touched-up version exists, but I did not see that one (I would get it for the Mike Nelson commentary track, but otherwise avoid it).

I appreciate how it was independent film-making at its finest. Department store scenes shot on the fly, a cast of college kids... as far as classics go, this one has the most independent pedigree -- no one associated with this film had a history or went on to become anyone big, but all were / are known for this film.

If you do not like a slow film and do not like black and white films, stay away. But if this is your cup of tea and you want to see a piece of horror history (this film inspired David Lynch, Tim Burton and other directors) you must see this film at some point. Super-recommended for the true horror fan.

If you are looking to own it, you must get the Criterion Collection version. Various versions exist (I presume because it is in the public domain), but Criterion has the best looking one, and they have loaded their two discs with special features (featurettes, audio commentary and more).

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