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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Tingling
...From the moment the film opens with a dry caution from William Castle to the viewing audience, one is taken back to the generation of movie-going as an ultimate experience, involving all the human senses and impacting our emotions and leaving deep psychological triggers to ever effect us. The movie though somewhat dated still manages to evoke "shivers" and the...
Published on June 30 2012 by Burton Sundquist

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tingle away
William Castle was the king of gimmick horror, juicing up his sometimes-great-sometimes-really-hokey horror flicks with everything flying skeletons to two-tone glasses.

For "The Tingler," it was a buzzer in the seat called Percepto, which would be a shock to anyone watching the movie. The movie itself was a rather uneven but original idea, with Vincent Price...
Published on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas


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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Tingling, June 30 2012
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Burton Sundquist "Fan" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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...From the moment the film opens with a dry caution from William Castle to the viewing audience, one is taken back to the generation of movie-going as an ultimate experience, involving all the human senses and impacting our emotions and leaving deep psychological triggers to ever effect us. The movie though somewhat dated still manages to evoke "shivers" and the "frightened to death" scene does still have a "spine-Tingling" effect to this day.
On the whole, the premise of the film is a unique venture though typical of the genre during this period. The story
line maintains a level of believability supported by the film's dead-pan performances, lead by a stoic Vincent Price. A must for fans of Price, Castle or any 50's Sci-Fi in glorious B&W (Although there is a brief Colour moment in this offering)...And don't be affraid to scream!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tingle away, Feb. 23 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tingler (DVD)
William Castle was the king of gimmick horror, juicing up his sometimes-great-sometimes-really-hokey horror flicks with everything flying skeletons to two-tone glasses.

For "The Tingler," it was a buzzer in the seat called Percepto, which would be a shock to anyone watching the movie. The movie itself was a rather uneven but original idea, with Vincent Price playing a borderline doctor who discovers the very roots of human fear. It's entertaining, but has some big flaws.

Dr. Warren Chapin (Price) is performing autopsies at a local prison, where each dead man died in the electric chair -- and something crushed their spines. To further his research, he frightens his nasty wife and X-rays her, and finds something that appears when afraid, and vanishes when the victim screams. He tries taking acid to frighten himself, but the experiment fails.

Then the deaf-mute wife of an acquaintance is frightened to death by some ghastly visions, and Chapin extracts an enormous, centipede-like worm from her spine -- the "Tingler." After Chapin's wife almost kills him with it, he decides that some borders should never be crossed. But before he can return the Tingler to its dead host, it escapes.

All B-movie goodness, complete with a rubber worm and deliciously vitriolic dialogue. While the idea of a spinal parasite fed by fear is a really hokey idea, Castle plays it so straight that the audience doesn't really have an opening for scoffing. Like a good fantasy story, it creates its own reality.

Castle was at his best when he was doing nasty dialogue, and he's in good form here ("There's a word for you." "There's several for you!"). He builds up a sense of rising tension throughout the straightforward plot, which is only broken when the movie ends. And despite tubs of blood and giant worms, Castle also shows his talent for the understatedly creepy when Chapin takes acid.

In fact, "The Tingler" would be a great B-movie if it weren't for two very hokey scenes. One is of a black screen, with Price's voice exhorting, "The Tingler is in the theatre! Scream for your lives!" Very awkward. The other is the final scene, which makes absolutely no sense, and has nothing to do with what comes before it. I guess Castle just needed a shock ending.

It must have been nice for Price to play a non-villain for once -- his Chapin is obsessed and a little twisted, but he isn't insane or nasty, and by the last act he's realized that science isn't the end-all. Patricia Cutts and Philip Coolidge give good performances too, as David's toxic wife and as a sweaty theatre manager who isn't as timid as he seems to be.

"The Tingler" is a fairly entertaining cult horror movie, with good acting and a big rubber worm. If only it weren't for those two scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tingler, July 3 2004
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Wonderful example of the best of early "spooky films". DVD reproduction was great-appreciated the extra features with background on film. Service and product above expectations. Grap the popcorn and get ready to "scream"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD is fantastic, Feb. 13 2004
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Professor (Fort Myers, FL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Tingler (DVD)
The DVD version of _The Tingler_ is the way to go for horror buffs. It includes priceless footage of the legendary William Castle promoting the film, as well as interesting comments by co-star Darryl Hickman. Hickman seems somewhat apologetic for his role in the film. I was thinking, "Are you kidding? This turned out to be one of the biggest cult classics of all time."
Also hilarious is the drive-in scream sequence, which dealt with the problem of the tingler being loose in a drive-in rather than a theater.
Great film, Castle's campy best. Vincent Price is memorable--he goes on the first LSD trip ever on film--in 1959! Judith Evelyn is remarkable as Ollie's deaf-mute wife. The famous bathroom sequence is as good as it gets.
Sharpen up your suspension of disbelief and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movies is a scream...in more ways than one., Oct. 29 2003
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I admit it! I am a sucker for old Black and White horror films. They are quite tame by today's buckets of bloody special effect big budgets ones, but they hold a fun all their own. Especially when the ringmaster is the oh so talented Vincent Price. He was always the odd mix of silky mannered menace, with that sprinkle of humour that set him apart from so many actors. It was that devilish twinkle in his eye that always told you he enjoyed what he was doing.
The Tingler is another of the Castle low budget treats. Price plays a mild mannered doctor/research scientist married to a rich wife who is a floozy. She runs around on Price, cares little that he knows it, controls her younger sister's life, but Price is not a man you push too far. Obsessed with discovered the results fear has on the body, he finds out there is a critter that increases in our bodies when we are frightened, the more fear the bigger and stronger it grows and the only thing that can destroy it is screaming. Feed up with his wife's wicked ways, he convinces her he is going to kill her so he can X-ray her trying to prove the existence of the Tingler.
Price gets mixed up with Olly, a husband of a theatre owner who is a deaf-mute. She goes bonkers and passes out when she sees blood. Price wonders what would happen in her, if the Tingler is unleashed, but she cannot scream. Later, someone deliberately scares her to death, and Price operates and removed the Tingler. But then, wife tries to use the Tingler to strangle Price...all in good loving fun, mind you. The pesky beastie dashes off and heads to the theatre to menace everyone there.
One note, though the film was shot in Black and White, the sequence where Olly's wife is driven to death was shot in colour emphasize the red of the blood scaring her.
Great fun and it's a bit of a walk down memory lane! A must for any fan of Castle or Price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CASTLE AND PRICE AT THEIR BEST...., Nov. 15 2002
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Mark Norvell (HOUSTON) - See all my reviews
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Two horror masters are at work here. William Castle presenting one of his most outlandish and original films and Vincent Price at his least hammy best as a doctor who discovers "the fear factor". The "factor" being a slimy looking centipede-like creature that grows on peoples' spines when they become frightened. If the person doesn't scream (destroying the creature) they will die. The doctor even experiments with LSD in a bizarre sequence to induce fear in himself. The most memorable sequence is still the color one. In a subplot, a theater manager with a mute wife who suffers from OCD plans to kill her for her money by scaring her to death. The wife (a great Judith Evelyn) is alone in the apartment and is assaulted with ghoulish horrors like an axe being hurled at her, her death certificate on the bathroom medicine cabinet, the bathtub filled with blood with a bloody hand and arm reaching out of it for her, the taps running blood, etc. This is done in color for maximum effect and the poor wife dies from fright because she cannot scream---being mute. This is where Price discovers "the tingler". Impulsively, he does an illegal autopsy on the woman and finds the creature attached to her spine and removes it. It later escapes into the theater filled with people and Price gets on the horn and exhorts them to "Scream! Scream for your lives! The tingler is loose in this very theater!" Of course this is where Castles' gimmick of "Percepto" came in. The seats in theaters showing "The Tingler" were wired to produce mild shocks to patrons at key horror moments. How can you top that? "The Tingler" is great fun from start to finish. Pure entertainment and Castle at his morbidly lurid best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Scream May Save Your Life, Sept. 24 2002
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"wanderingheart4ever" (Bluefield, WV United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tingler [Import] (VHS Tape)
I honestly don't know if this movie was supposed to be horror, or comedy. I'd say a little bit of both? I really liked this movie. Vincent Price is again excellent! Throughout most of the movie he is trying to discover what makes people fearful & what causes them to scream. Well, he soons finds out as he removes The Tingler from a corpse. Also, there is an interesting plot twist. Ooh, also watch as Vincent has a bad trip on some "acid"! Oh, and yes, at one point of the movie you can see the string to The Tingler. Either way, it's still a fun movie to watch. I wish I could've seen it in theaters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "SCREAM!....SCREAM FOR YOUR LIVES!", Aug. 4 2002
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This review is from: Tingler [Import] (VHS Tape)
Another "gimmick" film from producer/director William Castle. He made this movie great fun to watch in the theatre in 1959; a process called "Percepto" caused certain seats in the theatre to give mild shocks to the people sitting in them! But in to the story....
Vincent Price (always fun!) is a doctor who discovers that when a person is terrified, as large insect=like creature grows on their spinal cords. It pinches their nerves and kills them if they don't kill it first. The movie is famous for Price letting one of the "Tinglers" loose in a movie theatre....He tells everyone to scream or they will die!
There are some wild scenes in this movie like a deaf-mute woman being scared to death when she sees a zombie and a bathtub of blood with a hand in it....and there's a great scene of Price tripping after doing aaa hallucingenic drug...Great fun and the classic 50s science fiction movie. Too bad "Percepto" is no longer used...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy Castle Classic Literally Sends Chills Up Your Spine..., May 7 2002
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...done in Midnight Moovy/William Castle black and white, this is a flick that truly has some crrrrreeeeepy moments as well as
moments that are just plain funny--like when the Tingler is supposed to be crawling across the moovy screen in your friendly neighborhood theatre. Legend has it that when the electro-shock under the seats did not work, the Castle folks encouraged the moovy theatre owners to hire regular real people to scream and faint so that the moovy will be stopped the lights would be turned on and the ushers would escort the fainted folks to the lobby. All this for effect. Anyway, Price is at his best here.
Enjoy with your family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scream For Your Lives!, March 27 2002
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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" (Biloxi, MS USA) - See all my reviews
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William Castle was reknowned for his gimmicky films. For THE TINGLER he had "Percepto," and it was a lulu: randomly selected seats in the theatre were wired with a small motor, and at a peak moment in the film these motors came to life and literally gave your bottom a buzz! But unless you happen to have a really warped sense of humor plus some mechanical apptitude, you'll have to forego the "Percepto" effect and settle for one of the most weirdo stories to come down the street.
A doctor (Vincent Price) is studying the effects of fear. In the process, he finds that fear causes a nasty, worm-like creature to grow inside the human body along the spine. Release your fear by screaming, and the creature is destroyed; if for some reason you cannot scream, however, the creature merely grows larger and larger and kills you by crushing your spine. What the good doctor really wants, of course, is to lay his hands on one of these critters--and when a man murders his deaf-mute wife by scaring her to death, Dr. Vince gets his chance. Eventually "The Tingler" escapes into a movie theatre, and the seat-buzzing begins!
Price and company give it their all, and the film is as enjoyable as only schlock horror can be. Fans of the genre will hoot over the murder, Vincent Price's LSD trip, the scenes where the tingler escapes into the theatre--not to mention at the monster itself, which looks like a cross between an overweight centipede and a lobster. And yes, you really can see the wires! The DVD edition also includes lots of fun extras, including a short documentary on the film. Castle fans will get a kick out of it, but all others are warned away!
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