The Tingler

The Tingler ★★★

I love Vincent Price but I didn't love this film as much as I'd hoped. "The Tingler" stars Price as a scientist that discovers a creature that lives in the human vertebrate and feeds off of fear impulses. The only way to combat it is to scream as loud as you can!

The film is directed by William Castle who also directed another Price vehicle that year "House on Haunted Hill" and whilst this film isn't quite on that level it's still a lot of fun. There are some memorable moments; most notably the bath filled with bright red blood that pierces the monochrome cinematography.

As always Vincent Price is terrific in this film, there's no such thing as a dull Price performance and he's far more subdued in this film than usual. The film also has a surprising meta element that moved the film more into slapstick territory than horror. However, there's still a good helping of schlocky goodness that's served with this film. Over-all, it's not my favourite Price film but it's still a lot of fun!

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