Thursday, October 06, 2011

Films that Made Me a Monster Kid #1 - The Tingler

BadRonald here, popping in for a visit on this festive Halloween Season.  I'd like to share with you some of the movies and shows that helped shape me into the freakazoid that I am today.  Props go out to the likes of Vincent Price, William Castle, Dan Curtis, the Hammer gang, and so many others.  Lemme start with a real creeper...

The Tingler, no doubt, is my earliest movie memory.  I don't remember what age I was, probably 4 or 5.  However, I remember sitting there in front of the old Black&White, completely scared out of my trousers.  The most vivid memory is the scene with the deaf, mute girl in the tub (hot dog!), about to be attacked by the huge killer bug.

You see, the premise -- as set up by Mr. William Castle in his preamble -- was that if you see the Tingler coming at you, you just scream, and that will chase it off.  Well, Miss Prettylady couldn't scream, so all she could do was leave me with the terrifying image of her and her gap-mouth silent scream!  Thanks lady!  Now naked ladies in tubs make me scared and silly willy.

This film was the very start of my life as a diehard horror fan.  And it also introduced me to my first favorite movie star -- Vincent Price.


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