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5.0 out of 5 stars This movies is a scream...in more ways than one.
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...
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray

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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Castle schlocker.
Not bad. Another in William Castle's Ed Wood-like attempts to be the Alfred Hitchcock of Horror (I refer mainly to his cutesy "host" duties).
The story centers around a coronor's attempt to discover why he finds spinal cord injuries in people who are scared to death. Turns out there is a microscopic organism that rapidly grows around the spine when...
Published on May 2 1999 by Mark Savary


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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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This review is from: The Tingler (DVD)
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars William Castle is at it again - this time with "Percepto!", Nov. 23 2001
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I enjoy hearing about the gimmicks William Castle used in his horror films. For "The Tingler" every few seats in the theater were rigged to vibrate at certain times so that its unlucky occupent would feel a tingling sensation and think they were being attacked by The Tingler! (This was called Percepto.) There's also one scene with a lot of bright-red blood (the rest of the picture is in black and white). And near the end of the movie "The Tingler" finally attacks YOU - the audience! - and you must listen to Vincent Price's instructions or you'll never be rid of it!
The DVD includes a nice little 15-minute or so behind-the-scenes look at the movie, featuring Darryl Hickman (Dave). His recollections of William Castle and the plastic Tingler creature used in the movie are especially funny. There's also the drive-in version of the narration in the scene where you are attacked by The Tingler. And the trailer is fun to watch.
If you like this, go out and get "13 Ghosts" and "House on Haunted Hill" - and pray that they don't try to remake any more of these movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous AND Sublime, Dec 15 2000
This review is from: The Tingler (DVD)
To call William Castle's "The Tingler" cheesy would be an oxymoron. William Castle made cheesy movies that flagrantly thumbed their noses at common sense and believability. They were brazenly ludicrous "B" films that didn't pretend to be anything else (like "The Sixth Sense"). However, "The Tingler" and "House on Haunted Hill" both starred a class act, Vincent Price. Mr. Price took hammy acting and transformed it into performance art. The scene in "The Tingler" where he has a VERY bad acid trip defies description. My friends and I screech with laughter just thinking about it-Vincent was great. The fact that William Castle couldn't possibly explain how his screen villains pulled off all of their "scare tactics" on their hapless victims doesn't matter-they are so SHAMELESSLY UNBELIEVABLE that you have to laugh-and you do! "The Tingler" looks and sounds great in the DVD format-and the documentary about this camp classic is extremely enjoyable-Darryl Hickman, in particular, is quite charming and funny. "The Tingler" and the original "House on Haunted Hill" are must-have DVDs, if you are a fan of silly and enjoyable horror flicks. Hooray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic Vincent Price, Sept. 1 2000
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"horrorpunk" (Las Vegas, NV United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tingler [Import] (VHS Tape)
I saw this movie on TV when I was about 6 years old and it scared the hell out of me. Horror movies haven't really scared me in a long time but I still think this one is way cool. The premise of this film is completely absurd, yet wildly original. I almost want to call it surrealistic. Vincent Price is at his very best in this one as he switches from being the kind, gentle voice of reason to the witty, sarcastic, vengeful husband of a cheating, cold-hearted woman, and the calmly deranged doctor who is obsessed with the phenomenon of being scared to death. Price makes the many facets of his character's personality blend smoothly, giving him the quality of a very subtle madman. Fans of Vincent Price know exactly what I'm talking about because nobody can do this as well as he could. There's something about the combination of William Castle and Vincent Price that really clicks. My two favorite Price films are this one and House on Haunted Hill, which were both directed by Castle. It's a shame they didn't work together in more films. I really can't say enough about Vincent Price or this movie. If you're into this kind of stuff, you need to have this one in your collection. You will want to watch it again and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Castle schlocker., May 2 1999
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Mark Savary "moon_city" (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews
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Not bad. Another in William Castle's Ed Wood-like attempts to be the Alfred Hitchcock of Horror (I refer mainly to his cutesy "host" duties).
The story centers around a coronor's attempt to discover why he finds spinal cord injuries in people who are scared to death. Turns out there is a microscopic organism that rapidly grows around the spine when people get scared. Only screaming can prevent the amazingly strong creature from crushing the vertabre. Once you scream, the creature reverts to it's microscopic size. This is what explains the "tingle" in the spine when you're scared, hence the name of the creature, the "Tingler".
In the course of his experiments, Vincent Price removes a Tingler from a victim and it gets loose in a movie theatre. This is the perfect opportunity for Castle to ask movie patrons to scream... literaly.
This movie was the one whereby Castle had movie theatre seats "wired" to a device that would give electric shocks to viewers when the Tingler was on the rampage.
Entertaining '50s camp with Vincent as a hero instead of a villian.
****NOTE: The movie the patrons of the theatre are watching is a silent film called "Tol'able David", a well renowned 1921 film about a young lad who takes up delivery of the mail, and meets up with evil crooks.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Have you all gone mad?, Sept. 9 2001
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This review is from: The Tingler (DVD)
Why isn't william castle ranked alongside ed wood in the annals of cinematic nonsense? After all at least some of woods films are amusing, this rubbish is totally mind numbingly boring.
Vincent price made some great films, but when put together with castle garbage is the only thing they ever produced. Even less entertaining than this one is the house on haunted hill.
Only laughs you can get out of this is the hilarious scene where the tingler gets loose in the cinema (or your home), the screen goes blank and we see the tingler moving in front of the projector, vincent price (somehow without laughing) urges you to 'scream, scream with all your might' to vanquish the monster... accompanied by audience voices yelling 'oh my god what is it?' i nearly had a hernia... ends with price saying something along the lines of 'well done, its gone, now let us go back to the rest of the picture'. jaw dropping Grade Z cinema
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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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