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Carnival of Souls (1998)

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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.

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Adam Grossman

Writers:

John Clifford (story "Carnival of Souls"), Adam Grossman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobbie Phillips ... Alex Grant
Shawnee Smith ... Sandra Grant
Larry Miller ... Louis Seagram
Paul Johansson ... Michael
Cleavant Derricks ... Sid
Henry G. Sanders ... Officer Soby
Brendan Dillon ... Henry (as Brendan Thomas Dillion)
Anna K. McKown Anna K. McKown ... Elaine (as Anna Kristen McKown)
Raquel Beaudene ... Young Alex
Tiffanie Ann Taylor Tiffanie Ann Taylor ... Young Sandra
Joseph S. Griffo ... Photographer
Robert LaSardo ... Candyman (as Robert A. LaSardo)
Mark Paskell Mark Paskell ... Clown
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Mrs. Meltzer
Andrew Craig Andrew Craig ... Worker
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Storyline

The eleven year-old girl Alex Grant witnesses her mother being raped and killed at home by the carnival clown Louis Seagram. Many years later, Alex works with her younger sister Sandra Grant in the Mermaid Inn that was owned by their mother. Out of the blue, Alex is attacked by Louis that was hidden in the backseat of her car on the day of the anniversary of the death of her mother. She struggles with Louis and drives her car into the sea to protect her sister. Then she swims back to the shore on the area of a carnival. From this moment on, Alex has nightmares and daydreams with Louis. What is happening with Alex? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven Presents 'Carnival of Souls' See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trimark Pictures See more »
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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Berger who played Mr. Linden in the original. Also plays a cop in the remake. See more »

Goofs

When Michael lifts up Alex's skirt to rip the legs off of her pantyhose, the back of her hose is already torn open despite that the sex scene is just beginning. See more »

Quotes

Alex Grant: [to Sandra about Louis] I know it sounds impossible, but I know he's here.
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Excellent, Innovative Remake Of A Horror Classic
10 June 2000 | by augiedogSee all my reviews

After reading the other comments about Carnival of Souls 1998, I now understand why I didn't hear more about the making or release of this film. Carnival of Souls 1998 apparently wasn't well received or liked, and I really can't understand why. The only reason I can determine for this is that Wes Craven's name is attached to this film. Usually this great director's name would be a positive force for a film. In this case, however, it may have been misleading. Others probably rented Carnival of Souls expecting unrelenting fear. However, this film is not in that category. Carnival Of Souls 1998 is much more than that. It's an absorbing, well-timed, thought provoking story about a troubled woman's fear of death, and her resulting fear of life. Haunted throughout her life by witnessing her mother's murder, she's likewise haunted by the possible release of her mother's murderer. She fears that he return for revenge, and she fears for herself and even more for her younger sister. Bobbie Phillips plays Alex, the troubled woman. She's brilliant, and conveys her fear with such eloquence you feel her fear and confusion as if it were something concrete. Shawnee Smith plays Sandra, her younger sister. So wonderful every week on the TV situation comedy Becker, she shows us that she has many more dimensions to her acting ability. Watch this film with an open mind. Forget about Wes Craven's name on the box and credits. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.


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