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William Castle Speaks to Us From Beyond the Grave!

William Castle Speaks to Us From Beyond the Grave!A quick follow-up to yesterday’s news story about the New York City Return of William Castle. In typical Castle fashion you just can’t keep a good ghoul down! Get ready to hear from “the man himself” regarding the upcoming film festivities!

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE “MASTER OF THE MACABRE” WILLIAM CASTLE

Don’t think that a little thing like being dead would preclude me from attending “The Return of William Castle” retrospective at the Film Forum in New York City beginning on Friday, August 27th.

I am very much present. And I do so remember how I loved scaring the living daylights out of all of you … But I’m not done yet. Not by a long shot. I am sure you are dying to know what to expect from me now that I’m back with FROM THE GRAVE!, a new tale of terror and my first novel, that will scare a corpse out of his own grave.

So, everyone, if you get a whiff of my beloved Don Diego #5 cigars during “The Return of William Castle” retrospective, don’t be alarmed, know I’m there with a grin that stretches from here to eternity. And for the faint of heart, beware we might meet in
the ‘Coward’s Corner.’”

WHO: My daughter Terry Castle will be on hand Friday night to introduce the opening double bill of “The Return of William Castle” retrospective. The dear child had a most unusual childhood and has endured the legacy of a father who is indeed larger than life. I wonder what she will say about me? Does she believe I’m back FROM THE GRAVE?

WHY: I never met a gimmick I didn’t like and many consider me to be the godfather of the modern horror movie genre and at the vanguard of “experiential films.” And to think I died in 1977 thinking I was unsuccessful.

BACKGROUND: I made over forty B movies following a formula for box office success: low-budget chillers geared to the burgeoning Youth-sploitation market including The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, 13Ghosts, Macabre, Strait-Jacket (the latter scripted by Psycho’s Robert Bloch), and Homicidal – which TIME magazine liked better than Psycho. They called me a master of ballyhoo who shamelessly promoted his pictures with highly effective gimmicks, some of which will be lovingly re-created for the Film Forum’s 15 film retrospective, “The Return of William Castle” running August 27 through September 6 in NYC.

To read the latest messages from, or leave a message for, William Castle, visit WilliamCastle.com, check out William Castle on Facebook, and of course follow William Castle on Twitter.

In or Around New York City? Then You Can Experience The Return of William Castle!

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.