Gary Cruise’s review published on Letterboxd:
William Castle at Columbia Vol. 1
The Tingler is a 50s b-movie following an obsessed pathologist who discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.
Fantastic start to the first William Castle boxset from Indicator and a fantastic introduction to his films considering I had never seen any others before this. The Tingler is a brilliant blend of 50s sci-fi b-movie and horror with some genuinely creepy scenes. With this being a Castle film, it does come complete with it’s own gimmick which would’ve been the tingling sensation under your seat when it was shown in cinemas back in the late 50s and the Blu Ray release actually contains an audio recording of the audience’s reaction from one of the screening and that really adds so much to the entertainment value of this film and also makes me a little sad that I’ll never get to experience the film with that gimmick in place! As well as the gimmick, this film is also extremely camp and cheesy which adds to why I loved it so much.
You could even see the string attached to the creature during multiple scenes and yet it still didn’t take away any enjoyment, it just added more and more to it. The scares were brilliant and have aged quite well especially in the originally deleted bathroom sequence which shows off how great the movie’s cinematography is with the use of blood being the only colour in the film. The soundtrack adds to the eerie feeling of the film and is perfectly used throughout. The cast is great with a scene stealing performance from horror icon, Vincent Price who is an absolute joy to watch especially when he takes drugs and starts tripping just so he could see the movie’s parasite. He hams it up to the extreme and it’s amazing.
Overall, The Tingler is an excellent creature feature that I highly recommend. It’s full of over the top camp moments and cheesy scares that will keep you entertained from start to finish. I can’t wait to watch more William Castle films!
🐛🐛🐛🐛 & 1/2 / 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛