Sunday, October 18, 2009

The William Castle Film Collection


Directed by William Castle
Starring Vincent Price, Joan Crawford, and others
5 discs
From Sony Pictures

Another one of my favorite directors/producers and writers is getting a frightfully fancy DVD release this week. Yup, the consummate showman and marketer of celluloid mayhem William Castle did it like no one else. His films have a peculiar quirky quality, and among some of my favorite genre films.

This set will be released this Tuesday, October 20th and will contain the following Castle classics:

13 Frightened Girls (1963)

13 Ghosts (1960)
Homicidal (1961)
Strait-Jacket (1964)
The Old Dark House (1963)
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
The Tingler (1959)
Zotz! (1962)

Here's the official product description to whet your horror appetite:

Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves. Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he'll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. And now Sony presents all eight of his Columbia features - three making their DVD debut, the rest newly-remastered - in one "spook-tac-ular" collection. And as a bonus, it includes the award-winning feature-length documentary, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.

While the suggested retail price is a bit on the high end, if you look around it is a lot cheaper.

If you are not all that familiar with Castle's works, definitely do yourself the favor and check them out. You won't be sorry you did.

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