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The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror | 29 July 1959 (USA)
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Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison. He has a theory that fear is the result of a creature that inhabits all of us. His theory is that the creature is suppressed by our ability to scream when fear strikes us. He gets a chance to test his theories when he meets Ollie and Martha Higgins, who own and operate a second-run movie theater. Martha is deaf and mute and if she is unable to scream, extreme fear should make the creature, which Chapin has called the Tingler, come to life and grow. Using LSD to induce nightmares, he begins his experiment. Written by garykmcd

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29 July 1959 (USA)  »

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El aguijón de la muerte  »

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William Castle:  [gimmick]  Whenever blood-curdling screams occurred in the movie, hidden buzzers vibrated the seats. (This feature was called "Percepto.") Shills planted in the audience let out their own screams. See more »

Goofs

When the Tingler is breaking out of the cage you can see a wire at the bottom pulling it open. See more »

Quotes

Isabel Stevens Chapin: The only way Dave Morris will marry my sister is over my dead body.
Dr. Warren Chapin: Unconventional but not impossible.
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Featured in TCM Underground: 13 Ghosts/The Tingler (2008) See more »

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Don't be ashamed about opening your mouth and letting rip with all you've got...
16 June 2003 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

...because the person in the seat next to you will probably be screaming too!

You've got to love this campy cult classic from William Castle. Vincent Price is great as always, but the supporting characters are really good also, which can sometimes be hard to find in this kind of movie.

The opening 'screaming' sequence can be a little annoying, but it's all in keeping with the fun you have watching this classic.

Be ready to laugh!

8 out of 10


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