Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

Herk Harvey (1962)

X Certificate


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A young church organist finds herself in a strange limbo, haunted by spectral ghouls, in the creepy cult classic that director George A Romero credits as being his major inspiration for Night of the Living Dead. Representing the ultimate triumph of talent over budget, Herk Harvey's sole film as director is a crude but compelling chiller evoking a genuinely eerie, Val Lewton-style atmosphere. Harvey also plays the lead phantom pursuing the heroine, played by the excellent, if oddly named Candace Hilligoss. Wes Craven produced a remake in 1999, but it failed to shake the reputation of this legendary shocker.


A woman miraculously escapes death in a horrific car crash which claims the lives of her friends - but later finds herself haunted by strange visions and ghostly apparitions which draw her to a deserted carnival. Horror, starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger and Art Ellison.

Cast & Crew

Mary Henry Candace Hilligoss
The Man Herk Harvey
Landlady Frances Feist
John Linden Sidney Berger
Minister Art Ellison
Doctor Stan Levitt
Director Herk Harvey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Tony Tensor FilmsAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray