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Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Tagline: Shock and Joy
The best thing about this documentary is how happy you feel after watching it. It really does show the joy and enthusiasm that William Castle bought to his movies and the people talking about them bring their own experiences of them, which only adds to the feeling generated by the story.
It was a complete coincidence that I had recently seen Machete Maidens Unleashed, which although it has a similar structure, doesn't quite work as well. This documentary has an even more limited subject matter, but the way it uses it is much better and I even learned some things from the film like Mr. Castle's work with Orson Welles that I didn't know about before.
As an aside the young William Castle reminded me of Quentin Tarantino for some reason and I have heard he is a big fan of his although I can't quite remember the quote about wanting some serious director to turn up in a smashed-up car to promote one of his movies like Castle would have done.
I would really like to see some of the films shown in the documentary now, even though you don't really get the full experience without the gimmicks in the theatre. I am sure the documentary will do well on DVD as will any re-releases of William Castle's movies.
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