Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of Souls was intended to have the “look of a Bergman” and “feel of a Cocteau,” and succeeds with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 18m

Budget $30,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • September 26, 1962



Cast 23

  1. Candace Hilligoss

    Candace Hilligoss
    Mary Henry

  2. FF

    Frances Feist
    Mrs. Thomas, Landlady

  3. SB

    Sidney Berger
    John Linden

  4. AE

    Art Ellison

  5. SL

    Stan Levitt
    Dr. Samuels

  6. TM

    Tom McGinnis
    Organ Factory Boss

  7. FC

    Forbes Caldwell
    Organ Factory Worker

  8. DP

    Dan Palmquist
    Gas Station Attendant

  9. Bd
  10. SB

    Steve Boozer
    Chip, Man at Juke Box

  11. PB

    Pamela Ballard
    Dress Sales Lady

  12. LS

    Larry Sneegas
    Drag Racer

  13. CC

    Cari Conboy
    Lake Zombie

  14. KP

    Karen Pyles
    Dress Store Customer

  15. TA

    T.C. Adams
    Dancing Zombie

  16. SS

    Sharon Scoville
    Mary's Girlfriend

  17. MA

    Mary Ann Harris
    Mary's Girlfriend

  18. PS

    Peter Schnitzler
    A Walking Corpse

  19. BS

    Bill Sollner
    Lake Zombie

  20. Reza Badiyi

    Reza Badiyi
    Bus Ticket Customer

  21. ED

    Ed Down
    Man At Bridge

  22. Herk Harvey

    Herk Harvey
    'The Man'

  23. WS

    Wayne Shmille
    Sheriff At Bridge

Crew 6

Costume & Make-Up

  1. GC

    George Corn


  1. MP

    Maurice Prather


  1. Herk Harvey

    Herk Harvey


  1. Herk Harvey

    Herk Harvey


  1. GM

    Gene Moore


  1. JC

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