April 19th, 2011: The Tingler

What It’s About: Dr. Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is a pathologist who believes that fear is caused not by our minds, but by a living creature in our spines, which grows when we are in intense situations and is suppressed when we scream.  Chapin decides to experiment with fear using the new drug LSD to induce nightmares…

Why Watch It Today?: Today is Bicycle Day, so-called because Swiss Chemist Albert Hoffman went on the first full-fledged acid trip in 1943,  experiencing the effects of the drug while cycling home from his lab.  1959’s The Tingler features an early, rather silly appearance by the drug, in a William Castle matinée horror film of all places.  The Tingler was the film infamous more for Castle’s promotional gimmick (a buzzer put on certain seats in an audience that would deliver minor shocks during the film’s climax) than for the film itself, though it is one of the more outlandish Castle/Price collaborations.  Be ready to “scream for your lives” when Mr. Price tells you to.

Where to Get It: Netflix, iTunes,  Amazon

One comment on “April 19th, 2011: The Tingler

  1. […] 1959, William Castle released a film about creatures that attached to people and created strange sensations. Theater seats would be […]

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