"I am William Castle, the director of the motion picture you are about to see. I feel obligated to warn you that some of the sensations—some of the physical reactions which the actors on the screen will feel—will also be experienced, for the first time in motion picture history, by certain members of this audience. I say 'certain members' because some people are more sensitive to these mysterious electronic impulses than others. These unfortunate, sensitive people will at times feel a strange, tingling sensation; other people will feel it less strongly. But don't be alarmed—you can protect yourself. At any time you are conscious of a tingling sensation, you may obtain immediate relief by screaming. Don't be embarrassed about opening your mouth and letting rip with all you've got, because the person in the seat right next to you will probably be screaming too. And remember—a scream at the right time may save your life."
This was the opening monologue before The Tingler began when it first played in cinemas.
The Tingler is one of the most goofy, weird, funny, horror films ever made. When it played in theaters they would rig certain seats in the audience with zappers so that when activated the audience member would get a jolt and hop up. That is the kind of camp they need to bring back to the cinema now a days.
The Tingler stars horror icon Vincent Price as Dr Warren Chapin. He discovered that the tingling sensation you get on your spine when you get scared is actually because there is a little creature that lives on your spine call a Tingler. It seems harmless but the more scared you get the stronger the Tingler gets. If you get to scared it will eventually crush your spine and kill you. But don't worry if you scream it stops tingling so to speak.
One night the owner of a movie theatre and friend of Chapin calls to tell him his wife has passed away. He believes the death was not natural and after a once over by Chapin it's discovered she died because of the Tingler on her spine. She was a deaf and mute so she was unable to scream.
They remove the Tingler, which is still alive and it eventually escapes. It breaks free and gets lose in the movie theater which so happens to be showing a horror film at the time. This of course leads to chaos, jump scares, and to be honest a really fun time.
This is one of my favorites. A combination of sci-fi monster film and horror the film works on every level
Over the top campy acting only add to the charm.
The film had a DVD release but now that Scream Factory has it it's getting the full Blu-ray treatment. Amazing audio and video make this one of the best black and white Blu-ray transfers to date. And as it's Scream Factory they didn't skimp on the special features.
Your don't have to be a horror fan to enjoy this. It really is a great fun film to spend the evening watching. Any one out there should have a great time watching this.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars