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The Tingler (1959)
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The Tingler (1959) The coroner and scientist Dr. Warren Chapin is researching the shivering effect of fear with his assistant David Morris. Dr. Warren is introduced to Ollie Higgins, the relative of a criminal sentenced to the electric chair, while making the autopsy of the corpse, and he makes a comment about the tingler-effect to him. Ollie asks for a lift to Dr. Warner, and introduces his deaf-mute wife Martha Higgins, who manages a theater of their own. Dr. Warner returns home, where he lives with his unfaithful and evil wife Isabel Stevens Chapin and her sweet sister Lucy Stevens. Dr. Warner, upset with the situation with his wife, threatens and uses her as a subject of his experiment. When Martha dies of fear, Dr. Warner makes her autopsy and finds a creature that lives inside every human being, feeds with fear and is controlled by the scream. Once Martha was not able to scream, the tingler was not rendered harmless and became enormous. When the living being escapes, Dr. Warner and Ollie chase it in a crowded movie theater.

Movie Tagline:
In Screamarama

Title: Tingler, The
Release Date: July 29, 1959
Runtime: 82 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, American Sign Language
Country: USA
Colors: Color, Black and White
Sound: Mono, Stereo
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: Approved

William Castle

Vincent Price ...Dr. Warren Chapin
Judith Evelyn ...Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins
Darryl Hickman ...David Morris
Patricia Cutts ...Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln ...Lucy Stevens
Philip Coolidge ...Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
Richard Barthelmess ...David, in clip from Tol'able David (archive...
Gail Bonney ...Member of Silent Movie Audience
William Castle ...Prologue Himself - Host
Pat Colby ...Member of Silent Movie Audience
Amy Fields ...Member of Silent Movie Audience
Bob Gunderson ...Screaming Convict
Dal McKennon ...Projectionist
Clarence Straight ...Member of Silent Movie Audience
Ernest Torrence ...Luke Hatburn, in clip from Tol'able David (archive...

William Castle

Robb White

Von Dexter

More Movie Taglines:
  • In Screamarama
  • Amazing NEW TERROR Device Makes You A Living Participant in the FLESH-CRAWLING ACTION! PERCEPTO!
  • Ghastly Beyond Belief!
  • Do you have the guts to sit in this chair?
  • Can You Take PERCEPTO?
  • SEE
  • The screen's first BLOOD BATH IN COLOR!
  • When the screen screams you'll scream too...if you value your life!
  • Fright-Filled SHOCK Thriller!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Dr. Warren Chapin: Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic! But SCREAM! Scream for your lives!
  • Isabel Stevens Chapin: There's a word for you. Dr. Warren Chapin: There are several for you.
  • Dr. Warren Chapin: Ladies and gentlemen, just a word of warning. If any of you are not convinced that you have a tingler of your own, the next time you're frightened in the dark... don't scream.
  • Lucy Stevens: Dave, that drug you brought... David Morris: It's not a drug, it's an Acid
  • Isabel Stevens Chapin: The only way Dave Morris will marry my sister is over my dead body. Dr. Warren Chapin: Unconventional but not impossible.
Movie Trivia:
  • Used a couple of theater gimmicks. Whenever blood-curdling screams occurred in the movie, hidden buzzers vibrated the seats. (This feature was called "Percepto.") Shills planted in the audience let out their own screams.
  • The earliest film to depict an LSD trip.
  • William Castle toyed with other ideas to frighten audience members, in addition to 'percepto'; among them: rolling bean bags to brush against the legs of audience members, speakers mounted at different areas that would give a 'screech' when the tingler appeared, and possibly even using 'shills' to operate some type of mechanical device to tickle the legs of the audience members; but the only viable way of doing it was by attaching buzzers in select seats to coincide with the appearance of the tingler- 'percepto'.
  • This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIEŽ MOVIE GUIDE.
  • In Oct. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Juke Box Rhythm (1959).
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