William Castle Returns from the Crypt

William Castle Returns from the Crypt
Updated: 10-21-2010

"Yes, I am fully aware that I died in 1977.  But you didn't think a little thing like rigor-mortis would prevent me from attending the upcoming William Castle's Shockers retrospective in Los Angeles did you? Of course you didn't.
William Castle's Shockers, presented by the very undead folks from Cinefamily at Hollywood's iconic Silent Movie Theatre, has been running Saturday nights in October. But, of course, there's also a Halloween double feature on Sunday night, October 31st.
I'm looking forward to seeing my daughter Terry there that evening - we've been having a little trouble connecting these past few years. (She always loved my story about coming up with the idea for The Tingler while standing in line outside ... The Silent Movie Theatre!)  Terry's got a few tricks of her own up her pretty sleeves. It's in the genes.
Maybe I'll see you there too.
You know, getting ready for Halloween was always one of my favorite things when I was alive. Still is. This year I decided to write a horror novel ... with a little help from 30 writer friends. I wrote Chapter One of Scare It Forward and posted it on October 1. Every day this frightful month one of my friends is posting a new, sequential chapter. The final chapter, 31, will be posted on Halloween night. I guarantee it will scare a corpse out of his own grave.
If you dare, you can read each day's installment of Scare It Forward at
I made over forty B movies following a formula for box office success: low-budget chillers geared to the burgeoning boomers. The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, Thirteen Ghosts, Macabre, Strait-Jacket (scripted by Psycho's Robert Bloch), and Homicidal – which TIME magazine liked better than Psycho.
But some called me a master of ballyhoo who shamelessly promoted his pictures with gimmicks like The Coward's Corner and Percepto seat buzzers.
Gimmicks!!  What utter nonsense."
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