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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

Isabel Stevens Chapin: I'm tired, I think I'll go to bed.
Dr. Warren Chapin: Stay up a bit, who knows? The next time you go to sleep it might be forever.


Lucy Stevens: Dave, that drug you brought...
David Morris: It's not a drug, it's an Acid


Dr. Warren Chapin: [opens Ollie's bag and finds a mask and hatchet in it] You killed her.
Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins: No I didn't...
Dr. Warren Chapin: Your wife was frightened to death, by this, and this.


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This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
The Tingler is a large scale model of velvet worm, also called peripatus. It has its own phylum - Onychophora. It is about half way between and earthworm and an arthropod.
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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