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Carnival of Souls (1962)

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director:

Herk Harvey

Writer:

John Clifford (written)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candace Hilligoss ... Mary Henry
Frances Feist Frances Feist ... Mrs. Thomas - Landlady
Sidney Berger Sidney Berger ... John Linden
Art Ellison ... Minister
Stan Levitt Stan Levitt ... Dr. Samuels
Tom McGinnis Tom McGinnis ... Organ Factory Boss
Forbes Caldwell Forbes Caldwell ... Carpenter in Organ Factory
Dan Palmquist Dan Palmquist ... Gas Station Attendant
Bill de Jarnette Bill de Jarnette ... Mechanic (as Bill De Jarnette)
Steve Boozer Steve Boozer ... Chip - Man at Juke Box
Pamela Ballard Pamela Ballard ... Dress Saleslady
Larry Sneegas Larry Sneegas ... Drag Racer
Cari Conboy Cari Conboy ... Lake Zombie
Karen Pyles Karen Pyles ... Dress Store Customer
T.C. Adams 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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Is there death after life? See more »

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1962 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Corridors of Evil See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Harcourt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (green tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in three weeks. 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

Minister: You cannot live in isolation from the human race, you know.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

When originally released in 1962, the distributors cut four minutes from the film making it only 80 minutes long. When the film was rereleased in 1989, the filmmakers restored the four minutes and 84 minutes is the official, complete running time. See more »

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Referenced in Soul Survivors (2001) See more »

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There's more to it than you may have read...
12 March 2004 | by BloomingtonAdamSee all my reviews

I just had the opportunity to watch the AMC release of this movie on DVD. It can be tough to follow at times, as it is very choppy and has some odd transition, surely due to film damage. The movie is a bit convoluted, jumping right into the action with two girls racing two guys in a drag race, then flying off a bridge into a river. One of the girls seems to escape from the car. Did she? It's hard to say. In one scene she is walking from the wreck, and in the next she is playing a church organ. Her nights are haunted by visions, and her days are spent trying to figure it all out. She seems to suffer from episodes that are disconcerting and surreal, which makes you wonder what her true state of being is. There is some phenominal imagery used at the end, along with many creative camera shots.

I am impressed with the ideas behind this movie, given the budget that was used and the time it was made. I may have to watch it again to see if I can pick up a couple of nuances I missed the first time around. It is a great addition to any classic movie collection. Like many modern suspense movies, not everything you see is as it seems. That works very well for this movie.


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