Monday, April 24, 2017

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Homicidal (1961)

Karl: Is there any way to tell?
Dr. Jonas: Huh? Tell what, Karl?
Karl: Well. If a person's homicidal?
Dr. Jonas: ... No... That's what makes them
so dangerous. They can change from being your
friend into your murderer in a second's time!!! 
The great writer slash producer slash director slash showman William Castle (who just got the John Waters treament on Feud a couple weeks ago) was born on this day in the year 1914. If you've never seen the 2007 documentary Spine Tingler about him I definitely recommend it; and if you've never gotten to see his 1959 film The Tingler with the theater seats wired up to shock you at choice moments I recommend that even moreso. 

I've actually never seen Homicidal, the movie quoted here, but I love this quote too much. (And how great is the DVD's Hitchcock rip-off cover too?) And normally I'd ask here what movie of his is your favorite, but the only correct answer is his 1969 producer credit on Rosemary's Baby, obviously, so nevermind that. Have any of you read Castle's autobiography Step Right Up: I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America? I haven't yet but I gotta fix that - I have a feeling he had some stories to tell!


joel65913 said...

Homicidal is ragged but that's to be expected with its budget. Taking that into consideration it was entertaining in its bizarre way.

Bill Carter said...

Oh, ya gotta see "Homicidal"!

I can't really explain why without spoiling it, and it's one of those movies where it's best to see it without any foreknowledge. I can mention that it has at least two WTF shocking scenes, and that it's a tacky but hugely enjoyable cheap thrill.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more with the previous posters. And here's hoping that when you do see it, it doesn't have the fright break cut out of it, where the audience is offered a minute to leave the theatre before the shocking climax.