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The Tingler
The Tingler
Actors: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
Director: William Castle
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
UR     1999     1hr 22min

Price stars as a doctor who discovers a parasite that grows on the spinal cord of terrified people. If they scream it dies, but if they don't it severs the spinal column; he isolates it only to have it escape in a theater....  more »


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Actors: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln
Director: William Castle
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/07/1999
Original Release Date: 07/29/1959
Theatrical Release Date: 07/29/1959
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
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Member Movie Reviews

Amy I. (aymee) from HENDERSON, NV
Reviewed on 3/9/2022...
This movie was a wild ride. Even with as old as it is, it was a lot of fun and had a couple of surprising moments. Well worth the watch.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

This movies is a more ways than one.
Deborah MacGillivray | US & UK | 10/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I admit it! I am a sucker for old Black and White horror films. They are quite tame by today's buckets of bloody special effect big budgets ones, but they hold a fun all their own. Especially when the ringmaster is the oh so talented Vincent Price. He was always the odd mix of silky mannered menace, with that sprinkle of humour that set him apart from so many actors. It was that devilish twinkle in his eye that always told you he enjoyed what he was doing.The Tingler is another of the Castle low budget treats. Price plays a mild mannered doctor/research scientist married to a rich wife who is a floozy. She runs around on Price, cares little that he knows it, controls her younger sister's life, but Price is not a man you push too far. Obsessed with discovered the results fear has on the body, he finds out there is a critter that increases in our bodies when we are frightened, the more fear the bigger and stronger it grows and the only thing that can destroy it is screaming. Feed up with his wife's wicked ways, he convinces her he is going to kill her so he can X-ray her trying to prove the existence of the Tingler.Price gets mixed up with Olly, a husband of a theatre owner who is a deaf-mute. She goes bonkers and passes out when she sees blood. Price wonders what would happen in her, if the Tingler is unleashed, but she cannot scream. Later, someone deliberately scares her to death, and Price operates and removed the Tingler. But then, wife tries to use the Tingler to strangle Price...all in good loving fun, mind you. The pesky beastie dashes off and heads to the theatre to menace everyone there.One note, though the film was shot in Black and White, the sequence where Olly's wife is driven to death was shot in colour emphasize the red of the blood scaring her.Great fun and it's a bit of a walk down memory lane! A must for any fan of Castle or Price."
Typical Castle schlocker.
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 05/02/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Not bad. Another in William Castle's Ed Wood-like attempts to be the Alfred Hitchcock of Horror (I refer mainly to his cutesy "host" duties). The story centers around a coronor's attempt to discover why he finds spinal cord injuries in people who are scared to death. Turns out there is a microscopic organism that rapidly grows around the spine when people get scared. Only screaming can prevent the amazingly strong creature from crushing the vertabre. Once you scream, the creature reverts to it's microscopic size. This is what explains the "tingle" in the spine when you're scared, hence the name of the creature, the "Tingler".In the course of his experiments, Vincent Price removes a Tingler from a victim and it gets loose in a movie theatre. This is the perfect opportunity for Castle to ask movie patrons to scream... literaly.This movie was the one whereby Castle had movie theatre seats "wired" to a device that would give electric shocks to viewers when the Tingler was on the rampage.Entertaining '50s camp with Vincent as a hero instead of a villian.****NOTE: The movie the patrons of the theatre are watching is a silent film called "Tol'able David", a well renowned 1921 film about a young lad who takes up delivery of the mail, and meets up with evil crooks."
DVD is fantastic
Drummer | Fort Myers, FL USA | 02/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The DVD version of _The Tingler_ is the way to go for horror buffs. It includes priceless footage of the legendary William Castle promoting the film, as well as interesting comments by co-star Darryl Hickman. Hickman seems somewhat apologetic for his role in the film. I was thinking, "Are you kidding? This turned out to be one of the biggest cult classics of all time."
Also hilarious is the drive-in scream sequence, which dealt with the problem of the tingler being loose in a drive-in rather than a theater.
Great film, Castle's campy best. Vincent Price is memorable--he goes on the first LSD trip ever on film--in 1959! Judith Evelyn is remarkable as Ollie's deaf-mute wife. The famous bathroom sequence is as good as it gets.
Sharpen up your suspension of disbelief and enjoy!"