Sunday, October 9, 2016
31 Days of Horror #8: The Tingler (1959) **
Directed by the showman William Castle and starring horror legend Vincent Price, The Tingler is relentlessly silly, but always entertaining. Price plays a pathologist who discovers fear actually triggers the growth of a parasite on people's spines and then undergoes an LSD trip, one of the first acted out on film - so it might be worth watching for that. Gimmicks aside, The Tingler makes little sense, with goofy subplots and Price playing it all with a straight face. Castle had nurses on call during screenings and installed buzzers in the seats, a charming showmanship Joe Dante payed tribute to in his 1993 film Matinee. Not "gory" by any means, simply horror as amusing diversion, nothing more and nothing less.