William Castle

Lowest Rated: 29% Bug (1975)
Birthday: Apr 24, 1914
Birthplace: Not Available
New York-born William Castle was known to some as one of the movies' great schlockmeisters, but his films are also among the most beloved "B"-pictures of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and he did produce one unabashed classic, Rosemary's Baby. Starting out as an actor on stage, he got to Hollywood in the late 1930s and became a director in 1943. He made numerous low budget pictures, most notably as part of the Whistler and Crime Doctor series, but it was as an independent producer during the late 1950s that Castle made his mark. Recognizing the growing enthusiasm for shock thrillers and horror films, he devised various exploitation campaigns to go with his films--thus, a good haunted-house chiller like The House On Haunted Hill was marketed around a new process called "Emergo," which consisted of a luminous skeleton swung out over the audience during scenes involving a disembodied skeleton's appearance on screen. Other pictures, such as The Tingler, gave selected members of the audience mild electric shocks through their seats during appropriately tense sequences. Even without these "effects," however, these films were good, solid competent pictures that hold up well on television. Castle soon began infusing his own personality into the marketing of his movies, appearing in opening wrap-around scenes and trailers, a kind of poor man's Alfred Hitchcock. Homicidal, Castle's near-parody of Hitchcock's Psycho, was one of his strangest films, and bears watching on that basis alone. Later on, as his string of exploitation titles ran out, Castle left the director's chair and produced his best, and best-known movie, Rosemary's Baby, directed by Roman Polanski. He died in 1977, soon after publishing his autobiography, Step Right Up! I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Right Off America. In 1993, Universal released Matinee, a Joe Dante-directed comedy built around a producer/director (John Goodman) loosely based on William Castle.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Undertow Director 2012
No Score Yet New Orleans Uncensored Director 2011
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story Actor 2007
29% Bug Producer 1975
64% The Day of the Locust Director 1975
61% Shampoo Sid Roth 1975
No Score Yet Shanks Director Executive Producer Grocer 1974
No Score Yet Riot Producer 1969
99% Rosemary's Baby Man at Telephone Booth Producer 1968
No Score Yet Project X Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Director Producer 1967
No Score Yet The Busy Body Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet Let's Kill Uncle (Let's Kill Uncle, Before Uncle Kills Us) Director Producer 1966
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did Director Producer Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The Night Walker Director Producer 1964
No Score Yet Ride the Wild Surf Director 1964
88% Strait-Jacket Producer Director 1964
No Score Yet The Old Dark House Director Producer 1963
No Score Yet 13 Frightened Girls (The Candy Web) Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet Zotz! Director Producer 1962
78% Homicidal Producer Director Narrator 1961
33% Mr. Sardonicus Director Narrator Producer 1961
36% 13 Ghosts Director Producer 1960
76% The Tingler Producer Director 1959
92% House On Haunted Hill Producer 1959
No Score Yet Macabre Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Houston Story Director 1956
No Score Yet The Americano Director 1955
No Score Yet The Law vs. Billy the Kid Director 1954
No Score Yet Drums of Tahiti Director 1954
No Score Yet Jesse James vs. the Daltons Director 1954
No Score Yet Battle of Rogue River Director 1954
No Score Yet Fort Ti Director 1953
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Director 1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Story Director 1951
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon Director 1949
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Director 1948
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Man Hunt Director 1946
No Score Yet Mysterious Intruder Director 1946
No Score Yet Voice of the Whistler Director Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Warning, (Doctor's Warning) Director 1945
No Score Yet Mark of the Whistler Director 1944
No Score Yet Betrayed Director 1944
No Score Yet The Whistler Director 1944
No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime Director 1943
No Score Yet The Law Rides Again Director 1943
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast Policeman 1940
No Score Yet Lady in Question Angry Juror 1940

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