The Tingler

1959

William Castle
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

Scientist discovers a parasite that feeds on human fear--it's the thing that causes your spine to tingle when frightened. People can stop its habit of breaking your spine by screaming. But what happens if someone can't scream?

William Castle's best film, both in terms of actual cinema and marketing (Percepto, where certain theater seats were wired to simulate the Tingler). A very interesting film, full of wild ideas courtesy of Robb White's script, as well as some very good performances; not only from Price (of course), but especially the laconic Philip Coolidge, probably the best character actor of the 1950s. And this is probably the first film to use LSD in the plot!

And remember. . .the Tingler is loose in this theater! Scream! Scream for your lives!!

-Dave W.


The Tingler
29th July 1959
Cinema

Not Rated

82 mins
1.85:1

The Tingler
7th September 1999
DVD

Not Rated

82 mins
1.85:1




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Vincent Price
Dr. Warren Chapin
Judith Evelyn
Martha Ryerson Higgins
Darryl Hickman
David Morris
Patricia Cutts
Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln
Lucy Stevens
Philip Coolidge
Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
William Castle
Prologue Himself - Host
Bob Gunderson
Ryerson - Screaming Convict
(uncredited)
Richard Barthelmess
David Kinemon in Tol'able David (1921)
(archive footage)
Ernest Torrence
Luke Hatburn in Tol'able David (1921)
(archive footage)
Leon Alton
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
(not 100% certain)
Gail Bonney
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
Pat Colby
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
George DeNormand
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
Amy Fields
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
Clarence Straight
Member of Silent Movie Audience
(uncredited)
Dal McKennon
Projectionist
(uncredited)
Ballerina and Lady With a Fan
Painting in Warren's Sitting Room

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