Monday, October 31, 2016


I never have enough time to sit and watch scary movies during the Halloween season, but I made a point of it yesterday.  First, I went to a matinee of Ouija: Origin Of Evil, which was far better than the first Ouija movie.  It had some great scares and suspense, and tone-wise it felt closer to films like The Conjuring.  After that I decided to head home and watch movies for the rest of the day.

At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to see, but as I considered everything I love about the Halloween season, I decided that I wanted to go old school.  The older movies are fun even if they get campy and weird, and I'm consistently entertained by them.  It was at that point that I realized that the evening was going to be dedicated to the movies of William Castle.

Who is William Castle?  If you attend Grind-Fu Cinema you might know him as the guy that directed House On Haunted HIll, a fun and creepy Vincent Price movie that came out in 1959.  Castle was a director and producer, but he was also quite a showman.  He would always have some gimmick with his movies to enhance the experience for the moviegoers.  There was Emergo, where he had a giant skeleton fly over the audience, and The Fright Break, where people were shown a clock on the screen and given the opportunity to leave the theater before things got too intense.  He had special viewers made so people could see ghosts during a movie, and he hooked theater seats up to buzzers to shock viewers.  During one film he even gave viewers a chance to vote for how they would like to movie to end.

For many of his films, William Castle would even shoot a funny macabre intro, similar to the intros that Alfred Hitchcock would shoot for his television show.  He'd crack bad puns and give folks an idea of how the gimmicks would work during the film.  One thing that was really fun about these intros was that it showed just how much Castle loved what he did.  He loved making movies and scaring people, and it paid off in box office receipts.  His movies were ghoulish and weird, but mostly they were FUN.

There are quite a few William Castle movies on YouTube and scattered around the interwebs, so I'm posting them here.  They're great to watch with friends, so gathering everyone around and enjoy these fantastic movies.


"Macabre" (1958) by William Castle - HD Quality by ultimateclassics
The Tingler by crazedigitalmovies
Homicidal (1961) by MargaliMorwentari
13 Ghosts (1960) - Feature by FilmGorillas
Mr. Sardonicus by FilmGorillas

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