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Bill Castle speaks from the grave about next weekend’s William Castle’s Shockers film retrospective

William Castle
William Castle
A special message from the grave from ‘The Master of the Macabre’ William Castle:

“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 L.A. 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, is running Saturday nights in October. And, of course … there’s a double feature on Halloween night, Sunday, 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 month one of my friends will post 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 http://williamcastle.com/blog/scare-it-forward/

You know 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 they 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.”

To read the latest messages from, or leave a message for, William Castle, visit his official website williamcastle.com.

Grab William Castle’s recently re-released autobiography, Step Right Up! I’m Gonna Scare the Pants Off America at Amazon.

Find every William Castle film available on disc HERE, including classics starring Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Leona Anderson, Joan Crawford, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Elisha Cook and many, many more.

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