Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Tingler - 1959 ****

This is a totally bizarre film with the always wonderful Vincent Price.

This time, Vincent stars as a scientist who discovers a parasite that feeds on the fear of humans, named the Tingler (aptly named because it makes the victim's spine tingle when they are scared). After finding out that his friend's wife who is deaf and mute has died from shock, he sets out to discover the truth about her death.

It's very camp, but actually some scenes are very scary, and I did have to look away sometimes.

The tingler is the weirdest looking creation, sort of a cross between a person's spine and a large caterpillar and there is a particularly eerie scene in a theatre where the tingler is loose amoung the audience. Watch for Price, preferably on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

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