BayView Entertainment will be releasing the documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story on EST/VOD/SVOD Digital platforms such as Tubi, Hoopla, Flix Fling, Plex and Amazon Prime Video on 28th November 2023.
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story will be available to view on AVOD from 1st January 2024.
“I think one of the main reasons why I’m such a hardcore follower of Viral Marketing is because it’s a gimmick that manages to involve audiences in the film they’re anticipating, and the internet has introduced many methods of interaction with audiences to films they’re looking forward to, and I think it’s a wonderful throwback to William Castle, whose own showmanship was such a form of P.T. Barnum marketing that he’s sorely missed in a world of spoon fed horror films and lethargic monster pictures.
Castle involved you in his movies, he convinced you that his films were horrifying and would perhaps scare you so much that you’d need a death certificate, or rental to a local coffin place. He’s the epitome of what movies are supposed to be, fun attractions that the entire audience can be apart of, that you can only get a taste of with revival theaters who are ballsy enough to continue Castle’s fun house tricks.
SPINE TINGLER is the excellent documentary about the life and adventures of William Castle, who, right from childhood, was a bonafide showman who thrived on audience, spectacles, and attention.” – Film Threat
Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, William Castle produced and directed a series of horror films marked by their outrageous audience participation gimmicks. Castle treated moviegoers to buzzing seats, flying skeletons, luminescent ghosts, and life insurance policies — and they loved every minute of it. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story is a documentary about the last great American showman. It is a rags-to-riches tale of a legend of exploitation and master of self-promotion, yet a man privately plagued by a fear of failure and a desperate desire to be respected among his peers.
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story was Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and stars William Castle, Vincent Price and Joan Crawford.