The Tingler (1959)

The Tingler
Director: William Castle
Writer: Robb White
Cast: Vincent PriceJudith EvelynDarryl HickmanPatricia CuttsPamela LincolnPhilip Coolidge
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017

Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is a pathologist and his area of research is fear. He has a controversial theory that fear is actually a parasite that lives in all of us – and that if we can’t act on our fears by screaming, that creature will run wild and free. To prove that theory, he hopes to be able to extract that fear creature – he calls it the Tingler – somehow. When he meets Ollie (Philip Coolidge) who tells him of his wide Martha (Judith Evelyn) who scares easily, but can’t scream because she’s deaf and mute, Warren believes to have found the perfect subject for his experiments.

The Tingler may seem antiquated in many things, but it’s a movie that rocks, especially when you see it in a full cinema with the intended participatory elements. Fortunately the /slash Filmfestival made all of that possible.

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Ben-Hur (1959)

Director: William Wyler
Writer: Karl Tunberg
Based on: Lew Wallace‘ novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Cast: Charlton HestonJack HawkinsHaya HarareetStephen BoydHugh GriffithMartha Scott, Cathy O’Donnell, Sam Jaffe
Seen on: 4.9.2016

Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a successful merchant in Jerusalem, despite the Roman rule Jerusalem finds itself under. When he hears that his childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) returned to Jerusalem as head of the Roman garrison, he is overjoyed. But their happy reunion is soon overshadowed by the reality of their very different politics and social standing. After an unfortunate accident, Messala sends Judah to the galleys as punishment, and Judah’s mother Miriam (Martha Scott) and sister Tirzah (Cathy O’Donnell) to prison. Judah swears that he will return and take his revenge on Messala.

I went into Ben-Hur knowing very little about it, but I wanted to see it because a) classic and b) remake. “There are chariot chases and Romans,” was about the extent of it. So a few things took me very much by surprise – like the fact that this is a religious film. This is not the only reason but a contributing factor to my utter boredom during the film and my decision to not watch the remake because why would I put myself through that twice?

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Die Halbzarte [Eva] (1959)

Die Halbzarte
Director: Rolf Thiele
Writer: Hans Jacoby
Cast: Romy Schneider, Carlos Thompson, Magda Schneider, Josef Meinrad, Rudolf Forster, Erni Mangold, Helmuth Lohner, Gertraud Jesserer, Alfred Costas
Seen on: 20.2.2016

Nicole (Romy Schneider) comes from an artistic family. Her father (Josef Meinrad) writes novels, her mother (Magda Schneider) makes music, her sister (Gertraud Jesserer) draws, her brother (Alfred Costas) could be in a circus and Nicole herself dreams of being a poet. But talented as they all very well are, they aren’t exactly successful with their arts or rich. After a scandal surrounding a young girl who wrote a tell-all book on her sexcapades, Nicole hatches a plan: she anonymously writes a play of her – completely invented – sexual exploits. The play is immensely successful, even drawing in Broadway  producer Mr Dott (Carlos Thompson) who wants to bring the play to the US – but only on the condition that he gets to meet its author.

Die Halbzarte is the Austrian attempt at making a screwball comedy 10 years after Hollywood was done with them and failing hugely at it. But there is something to be said, at least, for the production design of the film.

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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Plan 9 from Outer Space
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Writer: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Cast: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tom Keene, Dudley Manlove, Joanna Lee, John Breckinridge, Tor Johnson, Vampira, Bela Lugosi, Criswell
Watched for: 2000th Blogpost Anniversary, requested by @psyriac

Aliens have come to earth. Their plan is to take over by resurrecting the dead. Eros (Dudley Manlove) and Tanna (Joanna Lee) start with the recently deceased of a small cemetery – a wife (Vampira) and husband (Bela Lugosi), and a police man (Tor Johnson). Getting caught up in the events is pilot Jeff (Gregory Walcott) and his wife Paula (Mona McKinnon) – and of course the military in the form of Colonel Edwards (Tom Keene).

Plan 9 from Outer Space is absolutely insane. It is a movie that has to be experienced and is hard to review. Which is why I did a tweet-along – you can find it below.

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