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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
 
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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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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 »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mary Henry plays the organ, her finger and foot actions do not match the organ music on the soundtrack.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Henry:It's funny... the world is so different in the daylight. In the dark, your fantasies get so out of hand. But in the daylight everything falls back into place again.See more »
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72 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Most Resourceful Modest Budget Horror, 28 November 2004
Author: tostinati from United States

After viewing this legendary flick for the first time, I have to say that the quality they achieved on a shoestring is still impressive today. Every penny spent on this little film makes its way before the viewer, which is something that can't be said of most major budget films then or now. Corman used "getting the money up on the screen" as his yardstick for his own success as low budget producer and director. But while I like the Corman cheapies, like Bucket of Blood and Little Shop of Horrors, and acknowledge that they possess a relatively high level of workman-like resourcefulness, it's hard to deny that Carnival makes many of Corman's films look slapped-out and unimaginative in comparison. Corman usually steered clear of anything poetic, dabbling with it most pointedly in the dream sequences in his first Poe adaptations. In contrast, this films makers are quoted to the effect that they were inspired by Bergman and Cocteau. Now, with such heroic ambition, Carnival could have turned out a laughable mess. But the films dark waking dream atmosphere is well realized. They had some really great locations– the pavilion, the wooden bridge, the organ factory and the church with the "casting out demons" stained glass. The actress playing the heroine is lucky (or skillful) casting, too; she doesn't look or act quite like the average person, which is perfect for the story. If I picked one thing to complain about, it would be the interlude with the guy from across the hall in the rooming house, about the writing of that section and especially about the actor who played him. But I won't. There's just too much good to be said about this small masterpiece of independent film making.

Ten stars. See it.

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