The Tingler

The Tingler ★★★½

Oh boy, William Castle loves his gimmicks and I gotta admit, so do I. The Tingler doesn't take itself seriously at all and that makes it so much fun. From its beginning with William Castle explaining to the audience that they should be screaming while he can barely keep a straight face, you know it is gonna be pretty light. Despite the tone, Vincent Price doesn't ham it up, he is genuinely acting and that really makes it work.

The Tingler is meta before it was cool to be meta. It directly addresses the audience and does a lot of innovative stuff breaking the fourth wall. I would love to experience it in a theater with Percepto and an audience who is vibing with it.

Between Percepto and in theater plants, I am sure Castle spent more money on marketing and in theater gimmicks than on actual production.

I am also increasingly sure that Castle ghostwrote the original Scooby Doo. The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill just have Scooby Doo plots and it is great.

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