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20 October 2009 (USA) See more »
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He was just another movie director...until he found himself a gimmick.
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Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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SPINE TINGLER!: THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2007) *** See more (8 total) »

Cast

 
Forrest J Ackerman ... Himself

John Badham ... Himself

Diane Baker ... Herself
Sidney D. Balkin ... Himself
Steve Bickel ... Himself
Robert Bloch ... Himself (archive footage)
Budd Boetticher ... Himself
Bob Burns ... Himself
Kathy Burns ... Herself (archive footage)
Terry Castle ... Herself

William Castle ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Cohn ... Himself (archive footage)

Roger Corman ... Himself

Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)

Joe Dante ... Himself
David Del Valle ... Himself

Ralph Edwards ... Himself (archive footage)

Mia Farrow ... Herself (archive footage)
Donald F. Glut ... Himself

Stuart Gordon ... Himself

Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)
Anne Helm ... Herself

Darryl Hickman ... Himself

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Norman Horowitz ... Himself
William J. Immerman ... Himself
Richard Kahn ... Himself

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Hawk Koch ... Himself

John Landis ... Himself
Gene Lesser ... Himself
Pamela Lincoln ... Herself
Marcia Scully Little ... Herself
Barry Lorie ... Himself

Bela Lugosi ... Himself (archive footage)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself

Marcel Marceau ... Himself
Marilyn Nash ... Herself
Kyle Newell ... Himself
Will Newell ... Himself
Steven North ... Himself
Thomas Page ... Himself

Roman Polanski ... Himself (archive footage)

Vincent Price ... Himself (archive footage)

Fred Olen Ray ... Himself
Paul Sammon ... Himself
Michael Schlesinger ... Himself

Jacqueline Scott ... Herself
Ruth Scully ... Herself
Jeannot Szwarc ... Himself
Bob Thomas ... Himself

John Waters ... Himself

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
Robb White ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Jeffrey Schwarz 
 
Produced by
Jack Mulligan .... associate producer
Sonja Nelson .... supervising producer
Jeffrey Schwarz .... producer
Taryn Teigue .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Cudahy 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Cindric 
Steve Coleman 
Robert Elfstrom 
Matt Faw 
Eugenia Fiumi 
David A. Ford 
David Hallinger 
Chris Meagher 
Jim Newport 
Mark Putnam 
Matt Stell 
Clay Westervelt 
 
Film Editing by
Philip Harrison 
Jeffrey Schwarz 
 
Makeup Department
Amanda Carroll .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Beth Bird .... additional post-production supervisor
Kent Buchanan .... additional post-production supervisor
Dante Harper .... additional post-production supervisor (as D.W. Harper)
Donovan Kosters .... post-production supervisor
Russ McFarlane .... additional post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Kyungmin Baik .... MIDI and sound technician
Jeffrey Bell .... sound designer
Elliott Cowand .... sound recordist
Doug Dunderdale .... sound recordist
Philip Harrison .... sound designer
Kevin Jones .... additional sound editor
Jonah Kaplan .... sound recordist
Kenny Klimak .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Laurent .... sound recordist
Will Shipp .... sound recordist
John Simonson .... sound recordist
Mike Soria .... sound recordist
John Vanderdoes .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... paint and rotoscope artist
Rodney Ascher .... After Effects artist
Grant Nellessen .... animator
Grant Nellessen .... designer
Jeff Nemetz .... After Effects artist
Eric Nordhauser .... After Effects artist
Taryn Teigue .... photo retouching
 
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Bell .... assistant editor (as Jeff Bell)
Robin Dicker .... post-production assistant
Kerim Duran .... assistant editor (as Kerim Duran Jr.)
Brian Feeney .... assistant editor
Anne Hall .... assistant editor
Edmund Hanlon .... post-production assistant
Kevin Jones .... assistant editor
Nvard Khachatryan .... assistant editor
Donovan Kosters .... associate on-line editor
Stephan Malik .... assistant editor
Darrell Mashia .... lead post-production assistant
Jaime Meyers .... associate editor
Kristine Nelson .... assistant editor
Jeff Nemetz .... assistant editor
Mike Nichols .... colorist
Mike Nichols .... on-line editor
Courtney Powell .... assistant editor
Jared Pruett .... post-production assistant
David Quantic .... assistant editor
Don Romesburg .... post-production assistant
Flanzie Thomas .... post-production intern
Richie Williams .... post-production assistant
Ayumu Yamasaki .... post-production assistant
 
Other crew
Stephen Altobello .... researcher
Peter Avellino .... production assistant
Paul Battista .... legal services
Suzanne Bultmeyer .... researcher
Carol T. Contes .... legal services (as Carol Contes)
Russ Coon .... web site designer
Jane P. Davis .... production controller
Winston Emano .... publicist
Barbara Gregson .... film clearances
Jamie Hardesty .... researcher
Ian T. Haufrect .... researcher
Robert Hawk .... consultant
Deric Johnson .... office intern
Katy Leigh .... production coordinator
Rica Linders .... production coordinator
Jack Liu .... production coordinator
David Magdael .... publicist
Tabitha Mason .... production coordinator
Michelle Mogavero .... office intern
Brandon Neubauer .... production assistant
Robert Oltra .... researcher
David D. Palmer .... transcriptions
Michelle Palmer .... production coordinator
Jim Reed .... web site designer
Andrew Reznik .... production coordinator
Katey Ritrovato .... production coordinator
Chris Sikorowski .... production coordinator
Michael Sopczynski .... researcher
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Michelle Sullivan .... researcher
Petila Thomas .... researcher
Tom Weaver .... researcher
Lawrence Williams .... researcher
 
Thanks
Susan Allenback .... special thanks
Lou Arkoff .... special thanks
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... special thanks
Edith Atwater .... special thanks: estate of
Krzsyztof Balkiewicz .... special thanks
Florence Banca .... special thanks
Phillip J. Bartell .... special thanks
Dennis Bartok .... special thanks
Dondi Bastone .... special thanks
Terry Beale .... special thanks
Edith Becker .... special thanks
Mikkie Belvedere .... very special thanks
Craig Berenson .... special thanks
Steve Bickel .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Patricia Bischetti .... special thanks
Michael F. Blake .... special thanks
Adrian Borneman .... special thanks
Jane Bouley .... special thanks
Laurent Bouzereau .... special thanks
Linda Strawn Bove .... special thanks
Manoah Bowman .... special thanks
Peter Bracke .... special thanks
Josh Braun .... special thanks
Peter Broderick .... special thanks
Bob Burns .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Kevin Burns .... special thanks
Jeff Burr .... special thanks
Eric Caidin .... special thanks
Dean Capello .... special thanks
Pat Cardi .... special thanks
Meri Carlson .... special thanks
Randy Carter .... special thanks
Frank Carucci .... very special thanks
Georgie Castle .... in memory of
Terry Castle .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Patricia Cho .... special thanks
Krysta Close .... special thanks
Joan Cohen .... special thanks
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Bailey Conway .... special thanks
John Covington .... special thanks
Grover Crisp .... special thanks
Tom Cross .... special thanks
Robert Cushman .... special thanks
Jaime Cyr .... special thanks
Joe D'Angelo .... special thanks
Joe Dante .... very special thanks
Sebastian Davis .... special thanks
Jon Davison .... special thanks
David DeCoteau .... very special thanks
Rick DeCroix .... special thanks
Dean Devlin .... special thanks
William Diehl .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Dennis Dougherty .... special thanks
Pete Dougherty .... special thanks
Brian James Ellis .... special thanks (as Brian Ellis)
Dave Elsey .... special thanks
Robert Engelman .... special thanks
Tony Esparza .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Danielle Faye .... special thanks
Joy Fehily .... special thanks
Beverly Feigelman .... very special thanks
Bill Feigelman .... very special thanks
Bambi Fernandez .... special thanks
Delphine Figueras .... special thanks
William A. Fraker .... special thanks
Anne Frazor .... special thanks
Jaine Freedman .... special thanks
Tracey Frey .... special thanks
Javier Fuentes-León .... special thanks
Mick Garris .... special thanks
Harry Geller .... special thanks
Jack Gilardi .... special thanks
Michael Gillis .... special thanks
Randy Gitsch .... special thanks
Frank Gladstone .... special thanks
Arnold Glassman .... in memory of
Nicola Goelzhaeuser .... special thanks
Bruce Goldstein .... special thanks
Ariela Gottschalk .... special thanks
Ranald Graham .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
David Gregory .... special thanks
Larry Grimaldi .... special thanks
Virginia Gunn .... special thanks
Charles S. Haas .... special thanks
Matthew Hanger .... special thanks
Steve Hanson .... special thanks
Scott Hartford .... special thanks
Matt Harvey .... special thanks
Julie Heath .... special thanks
Richard Heft .... special thanks
Anne Helm .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Doreen Hemlock .... very special thanks
Frank Henenlotter .... special thanks
Sarah Hesberg .... special thanks
Victoria Hochberg .... special thanks
Seth Horowitz .... special thanks
Caroline Howe .... special thanks
Tyler Hubby .... special thanks
Judy Intraub .... very special thanks
Saul Intraub .... very special thanks
Ilana Isaacson .... special thanks
Mike Justice .... special thanks
Yoram Kahana .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Toby Keeler .... special thanks
Elizabeth Keltz .... special thanks
Gail Schmertz Kerner .... special thanks
David A. Kleiler Jr. .... special thanks
John V. Knowles .... very special thanks (as John Knowles)
Lotti Knowles .... very special thanks
Zofia Komeda-Trzcinska .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Steven B. Kravitz .... special thanks
Tom Krentzin .... special thanks
George Kuchar .... special thanks
Jeff Kushner .... special thanks
Ken Kwapis .... special thanks
James Lamb .... special thanks
Andy Lanset .... special thanks
Danielle Larsen .... special thanks
Tom Lazarus .... special thanks
Dylan Leiner .... special thanks
Gene Lesser .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Elaine Lipcan .... special thanks
Gretchen Lira .... special thanks (as Gretchen Greaves)
Albert Litewka .... special thanks
Bill Littman .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Tad Lumpkin .... special thanks
William Malone .... special thanks
Alice Tlusty Maltin .... special thanks
Joy Marquardt .... special thanks
Doug Marshall .... special thanks
Bruce Martin .... special thanks
Gene Marum .... special thanks
Neil Matsumoto .... special thanks
Lorraine Mattox .... special thanks
Larry McCallister .... special thanks
Todd McCarthy .... special thanks
Elaine McNerney .... special thanks
Jeremy Megraw .... special thanks
Dani Michaeli .... special thanks
Tony Micocci .... special thanks
Patricia Miller .... special thanks
Vic Mizzy .... special thanks
Sue Molino .... special thanks
Zachary Monge .... special thanks
Betty Moos .... special thanks
Jo Morrow .... special thanks
Sascha Muhawi .... special thanks
David Naylor .... special thanks
Jerry Neely .... special thanks
Kyle Newell .... special thanks
Tom Newell .... special thanks
Will Newell .... special thanks
Laura Nix .... special thanks
Rachel Olschan .... special thanks
Josh Oreck .... special thanks
Jessica Padilla .... special thanks
Anni Pakradouni .... very special thanks
Sevag Pakradouni .... very special thanks
Brian Palagallo .... special thanks
Diane Paradiso .... special thanks
Gina Parker .... special thanks
Kit Parker .... special thanks
Sarah Platt .... special thanks
Charles Rafshoon .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Rebecca Rasmussen .... special thanks
Steve Richards .... special thanks
David Robkin .... special thanks
Margaret Rolfe .... special thanks
Erik Rosenbluh .... special thanks
Bud Rosenthal .... special thanks
Jed Rosenzweig .... very special thanks
Mark Saltzman .... special thanks
David Sanjek .... special thanks
Joan Sargent .... special thanks
Paul Schiola .... special thanks
Eddie Schmidt .... special thanks
Wayne Schmidt .... special thanks
Molly Schoneveld .... special thanks
Jack Schwarz .... very special thanks
June Schwarz .... very special thanks
Scott Schwarz .... very special thanks
Teresa Schwarz .... very special thanks
Amy Searles .... special thanks
Michael Shapiro .... special thanks
Michael Sharp .... special thanks
Mark Shepard .... special thanks
Kathy Shoemaker .... special thanks
Joel Silver .... special thanks
David J. Skal .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Alan Skinner .... special thanks
Jack Song .... special thanks
Peter Sorel .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Javier Soto .... special thanks
Samantha Stander .... special thanks
Chris Storjohann .... special thanks
Michael Stradford .... special thanks
David Strohmaier .... special thanks
Ron Sures .... special thanks
Milton Tabbot .... special thanks
Jena Thompson .... special thanks
Robert Trachtenberg .... special thanks
Jim Tushinski .... special thanks
Jonah Lee Walker .... special thanks
Bill Warren .... special thanks
Julian Wasser .... acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of
Andrew Weiner .... special thanks
Mike Werb .... special thanks
Robb White Jr. .... special thanks
Bailey White .... special thanks
Taylor L. White .... special thanks
Dina Wiggins .... special thanks
Lucy Chase Williams .... special thanks
Joann Woodworth .... special thanks
John Wooley .... special thanks
Edward Zimmerman .... special thanks
 

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SPINE TINGLER!: THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2007) ***, 2 May 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This 80-odd-minute award-winning tribute to the enterprising cult Hollywood film-maker was included in Columbia's box set dedicated to him released in 2009 which repackaged some of his already existing films on DVD plus debuting some of his rarer stuff; being already the owner of the majority of these, I did not spring for the collection myself and proceeded to acquire this documentary likewise from ulterior sources. In fact, I finished off my 20-title celebration of the great man's centenary with this very item; having just watched the PSYCHETTE: WILLIAM CASTLE AND "HOMICIDAL" featurette from 2002 – included on that film's disc, I realized that not only do they share the same director, but that segments from that 8-minute short were incorporated into the later feature-length look at Castle's life and work.

While most of his more celebrated collaborators have passed on (Vincent Price, Joan Crawford) or declined to appear (Roman Polanski), there is still an impressive gallery of talking heads waxing their genuine enthusiasm for the late cinematic showman: directors John Badham, Budd Boetticher (who himself died back in 2001!), Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, Fred Olen Ray, Jeannot Szwarc and John Waters, actors Diane Baker, Darryl Hickman and Marcel Marceau, historians Forrest Ackerman, Bob Burns, David Del Valle, Donald F. Glut, Leonard Maltin and Bob Thomas. Although there are some good pre-fame stories – notably desecrating his own theatre and passing it off as Nazi retribution at the start of WWII; meeting with George Stevens in a bar which led to his first Hollywood job as a dialogue director on the Cary Grant drama PENNY SERENADE (1941); and his being hired as an assistant director on Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948) after getting bypassed for direction – regrettably his generic stint at Columbia under the aegis of producer Sam Katzman is very quickly dealt with and his best film from this early period, the Robert Mitchum/Kim Hunter-starring noir WHEN STRANGERS MARRY aka BETRAYED (1944) does not rate a mention at all.

Once we reach his career-altering departure with MACABRE (1958) early on, at least we are taken in some detail into the production of each of his gimmick-led films up till LET'S KILL UNCLE (1966)…but, again, the quintet of outright comedies he made during this phase of his career are completely neglected! The highlight here is hearing about Castle's having to submit to Joan Crawford's every whim on the set of STRAIT- JACKET (1964)! Luckily, I have just acquired a copy of Castle's own memoirs, "Step Right Up: I'm Going To Scare The Pants Off America!" and, hopefully, they will shed some light as to what made him decide to change pace when he had discovered a successful formula after having been denied recognition for so long. Needless to say, the almost inevitable rivalry between Castle and his self-confessed idol Alfred Hitchcock is alluded to and we get to see several personal appearance the director made in the theatrical trailers and screenings of his own movies – not to mention get to listen to his own voice during what seem to be radio interviews.

Apart from the obvious reason of the audiences' changing tastes, I had often wondered why Castle's directorial career suddenly seemed to peter out at the tail end of the 1960s and I never knew that the curse of ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968) – that proved fatal to its Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda and, obviously, Mrs. Roman Polanski herself, Sharon Tate – was also to blame for Castle's semi-retirement as he was struck down with a life-threatening ailment…having already been disappointed in being replaced by the much younger auteur! By the time, he went back work, his brand of horror was passé and he only managed to produce a short-lived TV series GHOST STORY (1972-3) – which again is almost entirely omitted here – and the improbably intriguing BUG (1975). Amusingly, director Szwarc decries the fact that his film's box office chances were demolished by its being released on the same day as JAWS… but he fails to mention that he got the lucrative assignment of helming its first sequel 3 years later! Thankfully, famous mime Marceau appears here to reminisce about working with Castle on what proved to be his last and finest directorial achievement, the utterly unique concoction SHANKS (1974) – a legitimate home video release of which is elusive to this day. Ultimately, this emerges an entertaining, affectionate and illuminating portrait of a beloved Hollywood personality and, while it also sees the participation of his surviving family members, the film-makers here unwisely elected to finish off with them clowning for the camera...

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