Classic Cinema: Carnival of Souls (1962) – By Jason S. Lockard

There are films that haunt your dreams and our film of month is one of those film. Carnival of Souls is an eerie tale featuring star of the month Candace Holligoss.

Candace Hilligoss was born on August 14, 1935, in Huron, South Dakota. After graduation she spent three years at the University of Iowa, than she moved to New York City to study acting at the American Theatre Wing and made her professional debut in summer stock in Pennsylvania.

She acted at the Cape Cod Playhouse, appeared in a touring production of Idiot’s Delight with Nina Foch, performed in television programs produced in New York, and danced at the Copacabana nightclub. She got her chance to act on film in 1962 in our film of the month!

Carnival of souls follows a young church organist Mary Henry (Hilligoss) who after a traumatic car accident, begins to have nightmarish encounters with ghoulish looking characters. Is this all just her imagination or are these vision even more real than she cares to believe? You’ll have to see the film to finds out.

Hilligoss was married to Nicolas Coster a British actor, most known for his work in daytime drama, with whom she had two children. They divorced in 1981. Sadly Candace found little work in TV and film but what she did do has left an indelible mark on history, including her guest appearance on the police TV classic Naked City and 1964’s The Curse of the Living Corpse!

If you would like to experience Candace’s acting abilities it doesn’t get much better than Carnival of Souls. So until next time this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a good film; check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Mild violence and scary images.
Audience: Parental guidance.
Genre: Horror
Length: 1 hour 18 minutes
DVD Released: 2005
DVD Rating: A