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The Tingler Reviews

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November 3, 2016
Vincent Price plays a pathologist performing autopsies on executed prisoners. In his work, he sees vertebra shattered by something with great force. He believes that there is a creature within the spine that grows and can kill its host, unless they can expel their stress by screaming. It is a stupid theory by today's standards, but it is the premise of this movie. The story turns darker when a deaf and mute woman fascinates Price. The scientist in him casts morality aside to prove his work an extract the creature from its host. If the fear of the creature were unseen, this movie would work much better. It insists on showing a terrible rubber prop on a wire for the creature. You have to try hard to suspend disbelief in order to look around the heavy-handed special effects. This is supposed to be a more playful scare, so that helps. When this movie premiered, the scene where the screen goes black was a trick on the audience. They wanted audience to believe that the creature is actually lose in the audience. The film encourages the crowd to scream to subdue the creature and save their lives. Certain seats had vibrating motors placed underneath to trick people into thinking something was under their seats. It is neat to see the playful scares of a funhouse merging with a film, but the film on its own when watched on TV today is missing the most fun and inventive aspects of the movie.
½ May 6, 2016
It's one of those famous gimmick horror movies, where in this case, the theater was outfitted with vibrating chairs to scare the audience. In some cases, during the movie theater screaming sequence, theaters would turn on the lights and usher away people who were overcome with fright (paid actors). It's super cheesy, but still fairly fun to watch.
March 23, 2016
The Tingler manages to remain an entertainingly fun old school horror movie. The plot is ludicrous, but a home run performance by Vincent Price combined with William Castle's audience participation gimmick make the film impossible to hate. Highly recommended.
November 28, 2015
Early horror, you could say...
½ November 5, 2015
saw in theater when it was still in theater. was scared.
October 17, 2015
There's a bit of a novelty to a movie like this, but it's not something that will ever scare you or that you'll want to watched repeatedly. It was made way before home video was even a thought, so William Castle was never concerned about home viewing for something like this later. It was made specifically for the theater, and it plays more like something you'd see at an amusement park than something you want to watch at a normal theater. May have been an interesting idea a in its time, but it hasn't aged well in the slightest. The gimmicks are laughable, with the movie literally stopping at times to address the audience about the tingler being loose in the theater. William Castle comes on screen beforehand, urging the viewer to scream whenever something terrifies them. The entire plot of the movie centers around screaming to release the fear tingling that can cause death. You could make a drinking game out of how often they talk about screaming to save your own life. As a movie, it really is nothing special, and the amusement wears off very quickly. For something that is supposed to be all gimmicks, it's actually really dull, with nothing of interest happening until almost 45 minutes in. This entire thing could have been condensed to an hour (or even a 10 minute theme park ride). The best scene is when a deaf, mute woman is being scared to death. There's a shot of a bathtub filled with blood and a hand reaching out that's in color. It's easily the best part and the only thing worth your time with this movie.
August 16, 2015
121030: Finally got around to watching the movie that scared the living hell out of me thirty-five or so years ago. Well, at least one scene still manages to catch me off guard. The Tingler was fun to see again but, unfortunately, it seems pretty dated now. As a child, and for the memories it created in my youth, I will leave it at four stars.
June 24, 2015
Vincent Price's lsd induced freak-out I'd one of cinema's greatest performances.
½ June 24, 2015
Too spooky, but just cheesy enough for some fun
June 1, 2015
Com uma noção completamente tresloucada da ciência e uma interessante interactividade com o público, "The Tingler" dispõe de excelentes condições para ser um alucinadíssimo filme de terror, com direito a trips de ácido, monstros palpitantes e matéria camp de excelente qualidade. O filme realizado e produzido por William Castle está repleto de surpresas que provavelmente arrepiavam em 1959 e que hoje são recebidas com um sorriso. Aqui Vincent Price tem claramente um dos papéis que o fazem merecer um lugar ao lado de Bela Lugosi e Christopher Lee no género.
½ February 21, 2015
A fun film, but can't help but feel it would be lackluster without Price
½ December 6, 2014
Vincent Price's acid trip is schlock director William Castle's masterpiece. Essential.
November 3, 2014
The Tingler (1959) could well be William Castle's masterpiece. It's a very funny, knowing, self-reflexive piece that acknowledges -- at least to a degree -- the concept of sitting in a dark theater and getting scared.
October 30, 2014
It's a fun horror flick, but I expected a few more laughs or a few more scares than I got.
October 10, 2014
Classic Horror Which Follows A Doctor Into The Research Of Fear & Can It Kill People. A Great Piece Of Horror Cinema, Which Is Decently Written & Features Decent Performances From It's Main Cast. Sadly However When This Was Originally Made it Featured Audience Participation. People In The Cinema, Would Feel A Tingling Sensation Caused By Electrical Pulses Through The Viewers Seats. The Film's Climactic Scene Relies On The Participation Of It's Audience, & So Is Sadly Outdated. However It Still Remains As An Entertaining & Enjoyable Film.
August 17, 2014
We are definitely dealing with a crafted piece of movie. Of course this is 50's sci-fi with weird scenarios. But nonetheless even the subject deals more with human itself than with a strange creature. What is the Tingler if not a reification of our deepest fears. The pleasure naturally comes from the perfect play of Vincent Price and the plays of it's co-partners. Castle experiments to try to break the fourth wall, setting the audience in the dark or painting the bath blood in red in a BW movie adds on to the movie interest. A must see
July 30, 2014
A camp classic; Vincent Price at his best!
April 26, 2014
Filme muito bom, para quem aprecia cinema e nao apenas filmes de agora!
October 28, 2013
Now that was unique.
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