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Tingler [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
  • Directors: William Castle
  • Writers: Robb White
  • Producers: William Castle
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K3U3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Doyle on 11 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
The previous reviewer appears to have reviewed the wrong film.
This is a film is about a doctor investigating why some people who die under really scary circumstances have broken spines. Well that's because when you're scared a centipede like creature begins to grow inside you, starting at the base of the spine and getting so big that it can wrap it's pincers around the spine, thus cracking it. The Tingler can only be stopped by screaming. This is from director William Castle, who made House on haunted hill and was famous for his playing tricks on the cinema audiece, such as planting women dressed as nurses in the theatre in case someone had a heart attack from being too terrified. I expect that in the 50s it was a fabulous experience, and it is still great fun today. I saw this when I was 14 and have loved it ever since, it's definately one of Vincent Price's best. Incidentally, I believe that this was the first film to make a reference to LSD, in that the doctor takes it to induce madness so he can meet his very own Tingler. Buy it. Love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2011
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This enjoyable tongue in-cheek horror movie sees horror legend Vincent Price perfectly cast as Dr. Warren Chapin, who discovers the overgrown insect-like Tingler of the title. The 'entity' itself is a manifestation of the fear felt by terrified people, which then grows on the spinal column. The Tingler can be subdued and captured if the victim screams, without a scream the Tingler will kill by severing the spinal column. After the doctor manages to capture the Tingler from a deaf-mute woman, panic ensues when the terror escapes and terrorises a cinema audience.

Although filmed in black and white, the movie does feature a 'colour' passage, with the bright-red blood scene set against a monochrome background being an effective spectacle. The performances are good, with Price as excellent as ever in his role as the meddling doctor, a familiar performance, embuing his character with an impressive blend of menace and dark humour, a character whose private life is beset with the problems posed by an unfaithful wife. Directed by William Castle, and following the earlier success of Castle's "House On Haunted Hill", the movie is a winning combination of sly humour and fun twists, and is cheerful horror hokum, a cult 50's horror flick with an original story and novelty shock effects. As with many Vincent Price movies I find it hard to contemplate awarding anything less than 5 stars.
The picture quality on this region 1, digitally remastered 1.85.1 widescreen release is good (along with the sound).

The special features are:
*Production notes.
*'Scream For Your Lives!' featurette.
*William Castle's drive-in 'Scream!' scene.
*Original 'scream' scene.
*Theatrical trailers.
*Talent files.
*Languages: English (mono), Spanish (mono).
*Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD
Vincent Price is the mild-mannered pathologist who discovers that in moments of terror, a parasite called The Tingler that thrives on fear grows on people's spinal cords unless their screams destroy it. Isolating and removing a unfeasibly large live specimen from a deaf mute who has been scared to death (can't scream, you see), you know things aren't going to go well: it's never a good idea to dabble in things best left to God, especially when you've got an unfaithful wife around the house...

William Castle's quickie is one of those cheap horror exploitation films that's become far more famous for its publicity stunt than the film itself - not surprisingly since the publicity stunt in question was simulating the effect of its parasite that thrives on fear by giving small electric shocks to selected members of the cinema audience! Short of sticking your fingers in the fuse box, the option to see the film in `Percepto' is not available when you watch the film on the small screen, leaving it to stand as best it can on its own merits. Unlike the poor Public Domain versions on the market, Columbia's DVD does include both versions of the `scream for your lives' scene - the one used in cinemas and, as an extra, the one narrated by Castle that was used in drive-ins - minus the electric shocks, though the most effective gimmick in the film is still the striking use of vivid reds for blood in the black and white film.

Unfortunately despite the potential for plenty of camp fun in the premise, the film itself is no great shakes. It's okay, but like most of Castle's films, it's really pretty low-key with not much in the way of horror in it (hence the need for gimmicks when exhibiting it).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emato on 12 Nov 2013
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Watched this on TV when I was a kid with my Mum, scared the seven shades of bejesus out of me, watched it with my grand kids, they laughed their heads off, what happened when you could scare 'em with the mention of Jack Frost.

Great film however, the wonderful rich voice of Vincent Price
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
The Tingler is directed by William Castle and written by Robb White. It stars Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts & Philip Coolidge. Music is by Von Dexter and cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline.

Dr. Warren Chapin (Price) has a notion that fear in a human being produces a parasite like organism to attach itself to the spine. The parasite will kill its host unless the fear is released by way of a scream. When a test proves Chapin's theory correct, it gives devious Oliver Higgins (Coolidge) an idea to do away with his wife Martha (Evelyn), a death mute who can't scream.

Director/producer William Castle's name became synonymous with horror gimmicks and B grade schlockers. Often derided by the critics of the time, Castle however was a popular draw card name for the thrill seeking cinema goer. His output can at best be described as varied, but even with the worst films he was attached to, one thing always rang true, here was a man desperate to entertain, a true showman. He would be homaged in the 1993 film, Matinée, directed by Joe Dante. In amongst Castle's output are a small handful of movies that are genuinely entertaining, be it for hokey reasons or otherwise. One such film is The Tingler, the one Castle film that undeniably has the most bonkers premise at its core.

Released in accompaniment with the Percepto gimmick, basically a marketing device that saw a few seats in theatres wired up with a vibration motor to unnerve those sitting there during the film, The Tingler is a wonderfully campy horror experience. Absurd at times, yet carrying enough of a creepy vibe to it, it's a picture worthy of its cult classic status.
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