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This delightful gimmick film from producer-director William Castle stars Vincent Price as Dr. Chapin, a scientist who discovers a caterpillarlike parasite that grows in the human spine when someone is afraid and that, unless they scream, can grow large enough to kill them. He solemnly dubs this creature the tingler. Philip Coolidge plays the owner of a nearby cinema who befriends the doctor and whose deaf-mute wife suddenly receives all sorts of shocks, like the sight of a bathtub full of blood with a hand reaching out from it. Since she can't scream, she dies, and Chapin gets his hands on her oversize tingler. When it eventually escapes inside the movie theater, the film within the film, and then the film itself, stops for an announcement from Price, out of character, urging the audience to scream their heads off. Castle originally had random seats in theaters equipped to deliver small electric shocks at this key moment, and he hired women to faint and ushers to carry them out, all in his determination ...
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CastVincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Philip Coolidge, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
DirectorWilliam Castle
Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  July 29, 1959
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  September 07, 1999
Runtime:  1hr 21min
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review by . July 24, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     It's almost impossible to imagine that any horror fan would not find "The Tingler" to be a fun, admirably campy horror flick. It opens with a monologue of warning from its director, William Castle, who seems to be telling us of what a gift it is to be able to simply scream. Watching the film only helped me to realize, furthermore, what he meant by this.    Castle made his movie for fans of the genre, and fans of science-fiction too. …
review by . November 02, 2007
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Pros: Price & Castle were like Barnum & Bailey!     Cons: the monster, pretty lame     The Bottom Line: "It leaves no marks in spite of sparks   And so touch has become the Tingler   Touch is the Tingler"   Blondie     What a tremendously campy film starring Vincent Price as the mortician for the prison system, Judith Evelyn as the deaf mute silent film theater owner, Philip Coolidge as her husband, …
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