Nov. 6, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST
Keep it up.
Nov. 6, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST
Glad it faded to obscurity. Next one is going to be a great flick, btw...
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
Not sure how you're choosing what to watch, but it's fun to be exposed to stuff I haven't seen and probably won't.
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST
...but I have seen THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, the other Caesar/Castle movie from '67. It's not on DVD (I caught it on YouTube last year in what must've been a third-generation dub), but it's just as well: I don't know if Ben Starr knew or cared that he was writing for Sid Caesar, but there isn't a single funny thing that comes out of Caesar's mouth in that movie. <br><br> If you care, SPIRIT is about a family (Caesar, wife Vera Miles and son Barry Gordon) who rent a summer home haunted by ghosts. No one believes Gordon when the ghosts cause mischief. Leonard Maltin wasn't far off when he said that 'some good comedy performers are thrown away', though John McGiver (WHO'S MINDING THE STORE, MIDNIGHT COWBOY) and Mary Wickes are very funny. <br><br> Terrific Vic Mizzy score, too. He did the music for BUSY BODY. The CD soundtrack on Percepto Records (which combines the two scores) is worth getting.
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST
Loved him in THE END with Burt Reynolds. Can't wait for your take on ..Mad World. Love that film. A bit too long, but great.
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST
Did anyone notice the above poster art for "The Busy Body" is by Frank Frazetta (of Conan/Tarzan/etc. fame)?
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST
Stepin Fetchit makes his first AMAD appearance. Quint, do some research on the actor *after* you see the film. It's a very interesting story.
Nov. 6, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST
DeLuise is a howl in that movie. <br><br> "That man's nuts! Grab 'im!" is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.
Nov. 6, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST
Thought he was great in lots of other stuff too. A robust personality. Always put a smile on my face. Also thought Sally Field was at her hottest in The End. I so wish she would've gone topless in some 70's film. Oh well... too late for that.
Nov. 6, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST
William Castle comedy bronze He did a bit better with Tom Poston in “Zotz” (somewhere in the attic I think I still have the plastic ‘bronze’ magic coin). Of course I haven’t watched either movie in a couple of decades. My impression has always been that Castle’s real interest and talent was as a showman not a writer-director-producer. The content and quality of his movies may be debatable but the man knew how to promote the hell out of a gimmick. I witnessed first hand the effect of wired theater seats for the release of “The Tingler” Along with the film reels the theater received a ‘promotion’ package which included a few wired ‘buzzers’ (a variation of the classic hand buzzer gag not a direct electrical shock) that could be hidden in selected seats. When the titled creature appeared on screen a theater employee would hit the button, bam, guaranteed scream and a jump. I wonder how many designers of the 3-D attractions at modern theme parks were inspired by Castle. At the time of the “The Tingler” release I had a buddy that was one of the ushers at the local theater, so I knew where to look and more importantly where not to sit. The only time I have seen a similar audience reaction was the during the ‘body in the sunken boat’ sequence in “Jaws”. Only without the enhanced seating effects. For a great tribute to William Castle watch Joe Dante’s “Matinee”, The monologue about why people gather in a movie theater, instead of staying home and watching TV, is a classic.
Nov. 6, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST
Quint -- this isn't a great movie, but it's got that 60's Euro vibe to it that I love, and even though this particular Christie story's been done to death (pardon the pun), I rank it up there as one of the better versions. But the real reason to watch this movie...? (no, not Fabian), is the incredibly sexxxy, ultra yummy Ms. Daliah Lavi! She is like a B-movie Sophia Loren, man. Fucking smoking hot. She's cute in this, but if you wanna see her at her most smoldering, check out "Whip and the Body" featuring Lavi and co-starring the one and only Mr. Christopher Lee. Awesome, atmospheric gothic ghost story, with an S&M twist. I think Bava directed this one. Anyway, Quint, I am really diggin' this column -- keep up the great work!
Nov. 6, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST
What a shame that Dick Shawn didn't have a bigger film career. His work in this and The Producers is great. He did a LOT of tv in his later years.
Nov. 6, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST
His introduction, and polling the audience in the final reel, is a sort of interactive experience that will never--unfortunately--be reprised (God, THE TINGLER's gimmick--buzzing seats--would prompt lawsuits if the same stunt were repeated today). Castle was a lovable rogue and ham. We still miss him. He was a better showman than director, turning a handsome profit on cost-constrictive B-movies. And Castle, not HOUSE OF WAX, indelibly linked Vincent Price to horror movies. THE BUSY BODY should at least be remembered for Godfrey Cambridge's funny performance (paired with Marty Ingels!)--and the Frazetta renderings that graced the posters. About MAD, MAD WORLD: the restored version??
Nov. 6, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST
lets not forget he was one of the producers of Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.
Nov. 6, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST
nor his cameo role (phone booth). I'll shamelessly repeat it: We still miss Mr. Castle.
Nov. 6, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST
Does anyone know where I can locate the documentary, SPINE TINGLER: THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY? Would be much obliged for any information.