The Tingler

The Tingler ★★★½

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You can tell Hitchcock was kinda inspired from William Castle’s style wit on cinema. As he adopted most of the tactics for his Psycho. I don’t blame him as I’m also a big fan of Castle’s works. Especially House On Haunted Hill being his magnum opus in my eyes. And just his attributes towards making the audience experience the film in real time is just so fucking awesome.

I would’ve killed to have an experience from his films in the theater. His design of percepto helped the audience become more immersed. Back then when the tingler showed up on screen or was revealed, he had spinal vibrations planted in the theater seats to get people to scream haha and also had the rug beneath them squirm as if it was crawling passed their feet. That is the coolest shit ever and a huge crime that we don’t continue that nowadays. 

It was a joy watching this and appreciating Vincent Price more. The story is iffy and quite slow starting out but once it gets going it’s all night campy fright that’s been missing recently from this genre. I’m sure the addition of the percepto gimmick would have made it a more captivating time but sadly I don’t think I’ll ever witness that——how much is it to open you’re own theater again? lol