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The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror | 29 July 1959 (USA)
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robb White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Warren Chapin
Judith Evelyn ... Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins
Darryl Hickman ... David Morris
Patricia Cutts ... Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln Pamela Lincoln ... Lucy Stevens
Philip Coolidge ... Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
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Storyline

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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Do you have the guts to sit in this chair? See more »

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pamela Lincoln and Darryl Hickman, who play the young suitors, actually got married on November 28th after the Tingler release on July 29th 1959. They had two children, and divorced on December 8th, 1982. See more »

Goofs

Warren's wife steals the bottle of LSD from Warren's lab and spikes his drink with it. She would not have known what it was nor its importance since she wasn't around when David brought the drug to the house nor when Warren injected himself with the drug. Also, she took no interest in his work so would not have noticed a random medicine bottle in his lab nor made the connection about its significance just from seeing the tingler sitting on the table. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Warren Chapin: Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic! But SCREAM! Scream for your lives!
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Alternate Versions

Originally had a short sequence filmed partially in color. It was the scene when the deaf-mute Mrs. Higgins (Judith Evelyn), terrified by unknown forces, runs into a bathroom to hide and sees blood coming from the faucets of her sink and her bathtub filled with blood. Everything else in the scene is black and white except for the blood, which appears in garish red color - a typical William Castle gimmick. The USA home video release and the Turner Classic Movies print shown on Oct. 31, 2008 include the restored partial-color sequence. The short sequence is grainy and appears to have been inserted from an old deteriorated copy, or possibly a 16 mm print, as the rest of the movie's quality is crisp and sharp. Or possibly the image quality jump is due to an optical process or however the color was achieved, adding a generation of grain. See more »

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Spine tingling terror. Just scream.
4 June 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Directed and hyped by William Castle. Proof he is a master. Vincent Price is a pathologist that discovers that, when in a state of extreme fear, an organism grows along a person's spine enlarging up to the neck. The only thing that will stop the growth is the sound of screaming.

Along with Price are Darryl Hickman and Pamela Lincoln. This is a real gimmicky film, but still effective. Well acted by Price, one of his very best. Still creepy after all these years.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Stereo (partial)

Color:

Black and White | Color (one scene)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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