I have a soft spot in my heart for the mad theatrics of William Castle. He was listed among the 7 Moments in Cinema Horror History I Wish I Had Been There to See. That’s because the stunts he used to pull were the stuff of legend. Like with tonight’s pick: The Tingler. Basically they attached buzzers to some audience seats which were activated at an obvious point in the proceedings. So when in the prologue he’s instructing the audience that they might feel something and to “scream for their lives,” he means it. Genius. That’s in addition to the audience plants who were meant to faint, along with fake nurses and an ambulance.
Now, I know there have been “revival showings” of the film, complete with audience stimulation, but there hasn’t been one near enough to me for me to catch it. But man, I would love to. So here we go with William Castle and Vincent Price…and The Tingler:
All this because it’s been Vincent Price night traditionally…so in 2009 we were watching Shock, in 2008 it was The Last Man on Earth, and then in 2007 it was the Castle-conducted House on Haunted Hill. So you can see how we got here, naturally.