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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from wikipedia and badmovies.org ...


"The Tingler is a 1959 horror-thriller film by the American producer and director William Castle. It is the third of five collaborations with writer Robb White and stars Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln, Philip Coolidge and a whole bunch of other people no one had ever heard of (except Vincent).


The Tingler was Vincent Price's second and last outing with William Castle and the fifth performance that would ultimately brand him as The Master of Menace.




Films based on crazy scientific premises (not that I critique any of those) are usually something I find easy to poke fun at. However, after watching this one for only a few minutes I had already suspended belief, entirely willing to go with the idea of a parasite living along my spine; a creature capable of killing me unless those very tensions we experience, in moments of terror, are screamed away.


The financial success of House on Haunted Hill was reason enough for Columbia to produce The Tingler. Vincent Price was on board again, this time with Darryl Hickman playing his assistant and newcomer Pamela Lincoln playing his sister-in-law. Patricia Cutts played Price's beautiful but unfaithful wife, Isabel.




Director William Castle was never one to miss an opportunity for publicity. He convinced Pamela Lincoln's real life fiancé Darryl Hickman to join the cast as her fiancé in the film. At first Darryl declined but finally agreed after William Castle convinced him it would help Pamela's career. According to Darryl, William Castle did such a good job of convincing him it would help Pamela that he did the part for no salary.


Robb White, story author, had experimented with LSD at UCLA after hearing about it from Aldous Huxley and decided to work it into the script as well. It is the first depiction of LSD use in a major motion picture. At the time the drug was still legal. The title of the book Vincent Price reads before taking LSD, 'Fright Effects Induced By Injection Of Lysergic Acid LSD25,' is printed on the back cover of the book, not the front. This appears to have been done intentionally for a better shot for the expositional title of the book explaining the effects of LSD to the audience.




'Percepto!' was a gimmick where William Castle attached electrical buzzers to the underside of several seats in movie theaters where The Tingler was scheduled to be screened. The buzzers were small surplus vibrators left over from World War II. The cost of this equipment added $250,000 to the film's budget. It was predominantly used in the larger theaters.


During the climax of the film, The Tingler was depicted escaping into a generic movie theater. On screen the projected film appeared to break as the silhouette of the tingler moved across the projection beam. The film went black, all lights in the auditorium (except fire exit signs) were turned off, and Vincent Price's voice warned the audience 'The Tingler is loose in THIS theater! Scream! Scream for your lives!' This cued the theatre projectionist to activate the buzzers and give several audience members an unexpected jolt.




Although The Tingler was filmed in black and white, a single b&w/color sequence was spliced into each print of the film. It showed a sink (in black and white) with bright red "blood flowing from the taps and a black and white Judith Evelyn watching a bloody red hand rising from a bathtub filled with bright red blood. Castle used color film to film the effect. The scene was accomplished by painting the set white, black, and gray and applying gray makeup to the actress to simulate monochrome.


To enhance the climax even more William Castle stationed fake 'nurses' in the foyer, an ambulance outside of the theatre and fake 'screamers and fainters' planted in the audience. The fainters would be carried out of the auditorium on a gurney and whisked away in the ambulance only to return for the next showing.


The film keeps you guessing at a few points. And hats off for not spelling everything out letter by letter. Time Out London said it best in their review: The plot is ingeniously ludicrous.


Yes it is, brits! Yes it is!"




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:


Coffee

Pills

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Asthma Medicine Aftertaste

Super Butter Holocaust Flavored Popcorn



... and now ONCE AGAIN Steve and this blog are both PROUD to present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE!


A few ground rules first, though. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater and all talkers will be fondled mercilessly by seven Austrian ginger midgets wearing sombreros and fake mustaches while a one eyed albino man watches and shoves nacho cheese up his butt. Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. And please dispose of trash in its proper receptacle.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


Enjoy the show, y'all!





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