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      William Castle

      William Castle

      Highest Rated: 96% Rosemary's Baby (1968)

      Lowest Rated: 36% 13 Ghosts (1960)

      Birthday: Apr 24, 1914

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Eccentric director of low-budget horror films, with a flair for self-promotion. William Castle's standout efforts include the B thriller, "When Strangers Marry" (1944), with Robert Mitchum in his first important role and the camp gem, "House on Haunted Hill" (1958). Like a latter-day P.T Barnum, upon whom he modeled himself, Castle lured audiences to his chillers by appearing in their trailers and psyching the audience up to be scared. Most of his films included outrageous gimmicks such as an insurance policy against death by fright for "Macabre" (1957), skeletons that whistled over the audience in a process called "Emergo" during critical scenes in "House on Haunted Hill" and his most audacious stunt, "Percepto," which literally shocked the audience by wiring selected seats in the theater with electricity and administering mild jolts during moments in "The Tingler" (1959). Castle is also noted as the producer of the psychological thriller "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).

      Highest rated movies

      Shampoo
      The Day of the Locust

      Photos

      HOMICIDAL, William Castle coward booth exploitation gag promotion and publicity in theater lobby, 1961 THE TINGLER, director William Castle (seated) filming from left: Darryl Hickman, Patricia Lincoln on set, 1959, tingl_stl_8_h, Photo by: (tingl_stl_8_h.jpg), Photo by: (tingl_stl_8_h.jpg) THE TINGLER, director William Castle, 1959, tingl_stl_30_h, Photo by: (tingl_stl_30_h.jpg), Photo by: (tingl_stl_30_h.jpg) THE TINGLER, Vincent Price (center) watches horrified director William Castle (right) being made up in gag shot on set, 1959, tingl_stl_26_h, Photo by: (tingl_stl_26_h.jpg), Photo by: (tingl_stl_26_h.jpg) THE TINGLER, director William Castle, Judith Evelyn and friend on set, 1959 THE TINGLER, director William Castle (seated) with from left: Vincent Price, Patricia Cutts on set, 1959, tingl_stl_5_h, Photo by: (tingl_stl_5_h.jpg), Photo by: (tingl_stl_5_h.jpg) MR. SARDONICUS, (aka MISTER SARDONICUS), 'Punishment Poll' card, 1961 MR. SARDONICUS, (aka MISTER SARDONICUS), 'Punishment Poll' card, 1961 ROSEMARY'S BABY, William Castle, Mia Farrow & Robert Evans,1968, producers & star on Location SHAMPOO, William Castle, Julie Christie, Warren Beatty, 1975 SHAMPOO, William Castle, Julie Christie, Warren Beatty, 1975

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      63% 76% The Day of the Locust Director (Character) - 1975
      38% 25% Bug Producer - 1975
      68% 56% Shampoo Sid Roth (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 33% Shanks Director - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sex Symbol Jack P. Harper (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 21% Riot Producer - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project X Director - 1968
      96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Producer - 1968
      No Score Yet 71% The Spirit Is Willing Director - 1967
      No Score Yet 60% The Busy Body Director,
      Producer
      - 1967
      No Score Yet 41% Let's Kill Uncle Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 46% I Saw What You Did Director,
      Producer
      - 1965
      No Score Yet 60% The Night Walker Director,
      Producer
      - 1964
      89% 67% Strait-Jacket Director,
      Producer
      - 1964
      No Score Yet 19% The Old Dark House Director,
      Producer
      - 1963
      No Score Yet 17% Thirteen Frightened Girls Director,
      Producer
      - 1963
      No Score Yet 21% Zotz! Director,
      Producer
      - 1962
      40% 50% Mr. Sardonicus Director,
      Producer
      - 1961
      73% 67% Homicidal Director,
      Producer
      - 1961
      36% 41% 13 Ghosts Self,
      Director
      - 1960
      78% 67% The Tingler Director,
      Producer
      - 1959
      79% 73% House on Haunted Hill Director,
      Producer
      $6.5K 1959
      No Score Yet 34% Macabre Director,
      Producer
      - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Uranium Boom Director - 1956
      No Score Yet 50% The Houston Story Director - 1956
      No Score Yet 17% The Americano Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% New Orleans Uncensored Director - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun That Won the West Director - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duel on the Mississippi Director - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charge of the Lancers Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jesse James vs. the Daltons Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of Rogue River Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law vs. Billy the Kid Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iron Glove Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drums of Tahiti Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterson of Kansas Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saracen Blade Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conquest of Cochise Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fort Ti Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slaves of Babylon Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Serpent of the Nile Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 50% Hollywood Story Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fat Man Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Small World Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Undertow Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Director - 1948
      85% 84% The Lady From Shanghai Associate Producer - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gentleman From Nowhere Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crime Doctor's Gamble Director - 1947
      No Score Yet 50% Mysterious Intruder Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Manhunt Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Before Dawn Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 38% Voice of the Whistler Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1945
      No Score Yet 40% Crime Doctor's Warning Director - 1945
      No Score Yet 38% Betrayed Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 33% The Whistler Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's a Soldier, Too Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mark of the Whistler Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Strangers Marry Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime Director - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Klondike Kate Director - 1943

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvira's 40th Anniversary, Very Scary, Very Special, Special Director 2021