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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