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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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Taglines:

She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back! 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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harcourt Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (green tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Its original theatrical release in 1962 was a box office failure. Subsequent airings on late-night television helped it gain it a strong cult following. It's now regarded as a landmark in psychological horror. See more »

Goofs

Mary Henry's footfalls don't match her on-screen steps as she dashes into and through the bus depot. See more »

Quotes

John Linden: [when Mary does not drink the glass of beer he ordered for her at a bar] What's the matter? Don't you drink?
Mary Henry: Not really.
John Linden: Well, I do. And not only do I drink really, I really drink.
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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

There are at least three different versions to be found on video/Digital Video Disk. First is the 84 minute director's cut which includes an extended conversation in the organ factory, a scene between Mary and a gas station attendant shortly after her first seeing the man,an extension of the scene where Mary first goes to the church, an extended dream/otherworld scene, and a scene between the landlady and the doctor shortly before Mary leaves to go back home. This is the version that Herk Harvey premiered in Lawrence Kansas in 1962. The 81 minute version contains all of these scenes, except the extended scene in the organ factory, and a few short shots. This is the version that Herts-Lion released in 1962. Then there is the 75 minute version which contains none of the extended scenes or other additional scenes. See more »

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ODD LITTLE FILM, SCARY AS "HECK"(?)
2 September 1999 | by renfield54See all my reviews

This low budget (and I do mean LOW budget) horror classic is worth a look. You should be able to rent it (I did). It's very stark, the sound and film quality aren't the best. Don't expect Lord Olivier acting or slow-motion spirits. If it wasn't made so long ago, I would have suspected it was made with a camcorder.

It's a very different kind of movie, eerie in different ways than most. It's really "out there". It's not a dialog driven movie, but it gets the message across loud and clear. I would recommend NOT watching it on a stormy night, alone in an empty house. You'll have the lights on the rest of the night.

It's very difficult to rate "Carnival of Souls". I gave it a 9 out of 10, but that's me. Don't expect alot and be entertained (and scared). Expect too much and you may be disappointed. I've often run into people who rate movies by appearance or in comparison to state of the art today, instead of a film's own worth in it's own day....


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