Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Tingler (1959)

Doctor Warren Chapin has made an incredible discovery during his research into human fear. It seems that a giant parasite with astonishing strength is released into the body during moments of extreme terror, and it is this bug that is responsible for killing countless people! Chapin manages to remove one of these creatures after the death of a friend, but The Tingler escapes into a local theater and goes on a tingling rampage! William Castle's camp classic is as silly as it is utterly entertaining. It is filled with thrilling frights that still manage to shock and excite to this very day! In its original run, Castle hid electric buzzers throughout the theater to zap unsuspecting patrons during pivotal moments in the movie, a brilliant piece of showmanship from his long line of gimmicks. The cheesy rubber monster effects only function thanks to the dead serious handling of the material by the rest of the cast. Their professionalism lends more credibility to the script than it probably deserves, since several lapses in logic leave it to where no one ever questions how it is that a giant two-foot insect latching on to a victim's spine has never been seen before. A perfect pairing to watch with HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

If you liked THE TINGLER, check out:
ALTERED STATES, THE INVISIBLE MAN, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.

4 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for Castle schlock. I'm so annoyed that only Haunted Hill is available streaming on Netflix. One of these days I'll pick up a complete collection and do a marathon. That aught to annoy the wife.

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  2. The man can certainly entertain, still have just a few titles left to complete The William Castle Collection. Its been a fun run!

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  3. Heh heh....
    Too bad things like this are so rare these days.

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  4. Sometimes, you just need a cheesy rubber monster.

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