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Carnival of Souls (1962)

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

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Herk Harvey

Writer:

John Clifford (written)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candace Hilligoss 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She Was A Stranger Among The Living. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harcourt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (original) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (green tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Saltair burned to the ground in 1967 not the 70s. See more »

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The drag race starts at a traffic light, but once the cars clear the intersection we see there is no traffic light at that intersection. See more »

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Mrs. Thomas: You can take all the baths you want.
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The films opening credits fade in and out, scattered across the footage of the flowing river. See more »

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Surprisingly Excellent
18 December 2005 | by kd-whiteSee all my reviews

While I am a self-avowed fan of low-budget horror flicks, "cult" classics, etc.., I was expecting to be disappointed by Carnival of Souls. The little I allowed myself to read about COS before watching it made me feel like it was either going to be disappointing and slow or right on target (weighted average is around 7). Instead, it was almost certainly the creepiest, eeriest movie I have ever seen. At the age of 21, most might expect me to have had my senses dulled by MTV-style shock theatre, but whatever damage has been done was not enough to diminish in any way the effect of this brilliant movie. I, in fact, read the screenplay to "The Hitch-hiker" (the Twilight zone script many have referenced as an inspiration for this movie) for an 8th grade class, but even that knowledge did not diminish my admiration for this low-budget masterpiece. The photography is incredible and atmospheric, with many of the lighting contrasts and unexpected appearances of "the ghoul" extremely effective. The acting was actually rather good, with Candace Hilligoss believable as the cold, yet seemingly psychotic lead character. I found the slimy man-next-door to be played even more convincingly, with all the repulsiveness of a real-life slum Casanova. The Saltair setting was also brilliant. Honestly, I have to stop exuding praise, but this movie really knocked me off my feet, with only occasional moments of slow-but-tensionless action early in the movie keeping this from being a ten. All in all, the best low-budget indie horror movie I've ever seen (and that includes Night of the Living Dead).


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