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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Saleslady
Larry Sneegas ... Drag Racer
Cari Conboy ... Lake Zombie
Karen Pyles ... Dress Store Customer
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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2 November 1962 (Finland)  »

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Corridors of Evil  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the late 1980s Candace Hilligoss wrote a treatment for a sequel to the film. She took it to Peter Soby Jr., who decided instead to produce a remake, Carnival of Souls (1998)). Hilligoss had no part in the production. 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

John Linden: You're gonna need me in the evening, you just don't know it yet.
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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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You won't shout, you won't scream because you'll feel too desolated and scared to do it.
27 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

How scary a movie can be? Carnival of souls is scary as no other movie is by one simply reason, this film won't only frighten you to death but also will lead you to a desolation state: You won't shout, you won't scream because you'll feel too desolated and scared to do it. The plot happens to be superb: I love it when the whole plot starts making sense by the very end.

Candace Hilligoss play Mary Henry the lead role; the character is great and her performance is magnificent, she just gives the movie a vulnerable element that sometimes turns to be dark and mysterious.

Carnival of Souls became a cult film with plenty of honors; it's not only one of the most scary movies ever but also is a masterpiece of moviemaking.


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