The Tingler

The Tingler

Vincent Price (who else?) stars as Dr. Warren Chapin, a pathologist whose experiments prove the human response to fear is caused by a parasitic creature, a “tingler,” attached to the spine. When the doctor’s friend, a silent movie theater owner, and his wife become entangled with Chapin’s experiment, the tingler threatens to break free to menace the population at large. Filmed in black-and-white with a startling infusion of color, the film was originally released with the gimmick “Percepto,” in which random audience members felt their seats vibrate at key moments. 

DIRECTED BY: William Castle. WRITTEN BY: Robb White. WITH: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts. 1959. 82 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. 

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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