Carnival of Souls

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1962 | Black and White
  • Running Time: 78 min | 91 min (original version) | USA: 84 min (director's cut)
  • Production Co: Harcourt Productions | Off Color Films
  • Distribution Co: Herts-Lion Internation Corp. (USA) | Cinépix Film Properties (CFP) (Canada) (rerelease) | Filmipojat (Finland)
  • Directed by Herk Harvey
  • Written by John Clifford (screen story) and Herk Harvey (story) (uncredited)
  • Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, and Stan Levitt
  • Produced by Herk Harvey
  • Original Music by Gene Moore
  • Cinematography by Maurice Prather
  • Film Editing by Bill De Jarnette and Dan Palmquist

Also Known As

  • Carnaval de Almas (Brazil) | Carnaval de las almas, El (Spain) | Carnaval des âmes, Le (France) | Corridors of Evil (USA) | Helvetilliset (Finland) | Infernaliska, De (Finland) (Swedish title) | Kadotettuja sieluja (Finland) (informal title) | Karnawal umarlych (Poland) | Tanz der toten Seelen (West Germany)


  • She Was A Stranger Among The Living. | She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back! | Is there death after life? | A story so unusual it will burn itself into your mind. | A weird tale of the unnatural. | A picture that will haunt you.


A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have "the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau"—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

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