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The Tingler (1959) was a Horror Film directed by William Castle and produced by William Castle.

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The Tingler (1959)

By Beatrice on Dec 1, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Tingler Directed by William Castle Written by Robb White 1959/USA Columbia Pictures/William Castle Productions First viewing/Netflix rental William Castle and Vincent Price make delightful co-conspirators. Dr. Warren Chapin (Price) is a pathologist with an inquiring mind. ?One of his duties i... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE TINGLER (1959)

By Jennifer Garlen on Nov 14, 2016 From Virtual Virago

The Tingler (1959) is one of William Castle's most famous horror gimmick pictures, partly because of its star, Vincent Price, and partly because of its wacky use of wired seats and paid plants to elicit screams from the theater audience. Sadly, the modern home viewer can't enjoy the weird thrills of... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE TINGLER (1959)

By Jennifer Garlen on Nov 14, 2016 From Virtual Virago

The Tingler (1959) is one of William Castle's most famous horror gimmick pictures, partly because of its star, Vincent Price, and partly because of its wacky use of wired seats and paid plants to elicit screams from the theater audience. Sadly, the modern home viewer can't enjoy the weird thrills of... Read full article


Tol’able David meets… The TINGLER!!! Special William Castle Animated GIF

By Movies, Silently on Jul 29, 2013 From Movies Silently

To honor the start of the William Castle Blogathon, I made this GIF from The Tingler. The titular nasty is loose in a silent movie theater that just happens to be playing Tol’able David, one of my favorite movies. This is the iconic scene in which the Tingler crawls in front of the projector. ... Read full article


Favorite things about… The Tingler

By Lindsey on Oct 23, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Screen capture by TMP) The favorite film: The Tingler, a 1959 Columbia Pictures horror/sci-fi flick written by Robb White and directed by William Castle The synopsis: Dr. Warren Chapin has a solid job conducting autopsies on executed prisoners. On the side, he’s a bit of a mad scientist, form... Read full article


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Quotes from

Dr. Warren Chapin: The tingler exists in every human being, we now know. Look at that tingler, Dave. It's an ugly and dangerous thing-ugly because it's the creation of man's fear; dangerous because... because a frightened man is dangerous.


Dr. Warren Chapin: Ladies and gentlemen, just a word of warning. If any of you are not convinced that you have a tingler of your own, the next time you're frightened in the dark... don't scream.


Lucy Stevens: Unless what, Dave?
David Morris: Suppose a person couldn't possibly scream?
Lucy Stevens: Well everybody can scream.
David Morris: A deaf mute can't scream.


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In Oct. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Juke Box Rhythm. Filmed May 18-June 1 1959.
Pamela Lincoln and Darryl Hickman, who play the young suitors, actually got married on November 28th after the Tingler release on July 29th 1959. They had two children, and divorced on December 8th, 1982.
William Castle toyed with other ideas to frighten audience members, in addition to 'percepto'; among them: rolling bean bags to brush against the legs of audience members, speakers mounted at different areas that would give a 'screech' when the tingler appeared, and possibly even using 'shills' to operate some type of mechanical device to tickle the legs of the audience members; but the only viable way of doing it was by attaching buzzers in select seats to coincide with the appearance of the tingler- 'percepto'.
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