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Carnival of Sorrows

In 2014 a small English town was terrorised by a supernatural Carnival of murderers and sadists... events were hidden in whispers and rumour... but now at last the truth will be revealed.

From the Case Files of Gabriel Cushing and Melanie Lancley, England's most prominent paranormal investigators, comes...


Drawing influence from classic British horror, eighties fantasy-horror, and contemporary supernatural investigation narratives, "Carnival of Sorrows" hopes to unsettle viewers with a blend of psychological fear, gruesome practical effects and atmospheric storytelling.

"A marvelous 21st Century tribute to Doctor Who of the 70s and 80s with the charm or a classic Amicus or Hammer Horror horror film, Carnival Of Sorrows is a modern urban fairytale"
Nathan Head, Actor in "Hellriser" and "Robert & The Toymaker".

When Gabriel gets a call from an old friend of his father's, Dr Albert Parker, he and his student Melanie head off to investigate. But when they arrive, Dr Parker is missing and something is preying on the unsuspecting town.

Jenny Marwick is struggling to get by after the loss of her mother. It's hard enough coping with college and losing touch with her friends but now she's hearing creepy music and having unsettling dreams.

As they delve deeper they reveal the Carnival’s disturbing past and frightening portents of its future. With each step they fall further into a world inhabited by demonic clowns, freakish living dolls and other twisted creatures. And Gabriel learns, the hardest demons to face are your own.

  • Mark Adams
  • Mark Adams
  • Chrissey Harrison
  • Mark Adams
  • David Curtis
    Key Cast
  • Tim Charles
    Key Cast
  • Katy Danbury
    Key Cast
  • Vicki Glover
    Key Cast
  • Antonia Tootill
    Key Cast
  • Matt Kinson
    Key Cast
  • Theresa Roche
    Key Cast
  • Serena Chloe Gardner
    Key Cast
    The Lady in the Park
  • Hans Michael Anselmo Hess
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Action, Adventure, horror, fantasy, dark fantasy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K, Digital, RED
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Thriller Feature
  • Spotlight Horror Film Awards
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    Best Feature, Silver Award
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Score (Hans Michael Anselmo Hess)
  • Black Sunday Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    Preview Screening
    Official Selection
  • Mad Monster Film Fest
    Charlotte, NC
    United States
    March 22, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mark Adams

Writer, scholar, film-maker and general fan of all things horror, Mark Adams is the director of web series GABRIEL CUSHING VS THE ZOMBIE VAMPIRES and short film TERROR OF THE KILLER CARNIVOROUS COAT. Mark also acted as producer on MY BLOODY BANJO and CLOWNFACE, and Associate Producer on THE HOUSE OF SCREAMING DEATH.

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