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Excellent suspense horror film starring Vincent Price as Dr. William Chapin. He discovers an organism that lives on fear, it develops during intense levels of anxiety and lives on your spine. William Castle directs this low budget film with great style. Working with a limited budget demands a creative resoluiton, excellent cast,terrific lighting, and a decent story line all add to a good film. This film includes the first LSD session ever seen publicly. Also has color inserts for dramatic effect. Darryl Hickman, Judith Evelyn, Philip Coolidge also star. 4.5 stars out 5. Highly enjoyable.
The Tingler (1959)
- James Higgins
Hokey but curiously fascinating. Better than average production for a William Castle film. Vincent Price is more effective than he usually is. I have never been much of a Castle fan, but this one isnt too bad. The color sequence mixed in with the black and white photography is kind of a cool touch. There is some way too melodramatic acting by some in the supporting cast.
They don't make'em like this anymore...
What fun film. I would've loved to have seen Castle's films at the cinema and experience his creative gimmicks. The Tingler is an overwhelming example of how Castle involved his viewers to make movies more that just a spectator sport. The sequence in the movie theater alone is enough to make one want to watch and share this film with other fans of any genre. Campy fun, creepy effects and creativity at its best. They just don't make'em like this anymore!
A Real Spine "Tingler"
- Bruce Reber
Although it seems a little tame compared to later fright films (especially the ones today), "The Tingler" is a true horror classic from director William Castle and star Vincent Price. I have seen it several times, and I am convinced that the hallucinogenic drug Chapin took to induce fear was LSD, although there is no mention of it in the film (for obvious reasons). Another thing I find curious is in the scene where the deaf-mute woman is being frightened is the blood in the sink and bathtub being red while the rest of the film is in black & white. If the entire film were in color it would have looked better. I took me a while to realize it, but the deaf-mute woman was played by Judith Evelyn, who was Miss Lonelyheart in the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window".
- Joe Abbate
This is my favorite Vincent Price film. When I saw this as a young boy, I didn't sleep for days!!!!
A True Classic
Okay, so I wasn't old enough to see it when it first came out but my Dad did. He said they had some of the seats in the theater rigged so that when the theater went dark some of the seats emitted a small electrical shock. He said the girl sitting next to him shot up about 2 feet in the air. Why, oh why don't they do that anymore? Well, I guess they would probably be sued nowadays but how much fun it would have been to be in one of those seats. Even without the extra charge this is an excellent movie. William Castle and Vincent Price, need I say more?
- Joanna M. Crosser
I am 56 yrs. old and when I saw this at my local theater as a child I knew the tingler was under my bed!!! Wonderful vintage Vincent Price.