Automat Pictures Announces SPINE TINGLER! The William Castle Story Special Edition DVD

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Automat Pictures has announced a DVD Special Edition release of SPINE TINGLER! The William Castle Story, the multi-award winning “docu-tainment” directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, will be released on June 21. To celebrate this momentous release in epic William Castle fashion, the DVD will include over FIVE hours of bonus features that have never, ever been seen anywhere before!

William CastleFrom the Press Release:
“William Castle was a larger than life figure, so it’s only fitting that he gets a larger than life DVD,” says Jeffrey Schwarz, President and CEO of Automat Pictures. “I wanted to make sure Castle and the soon-to-be converted fans get plenty of BANG for their buck with this Special Edition release. And remember, everyone who buys this DVD might be insured by Lloyd’s of London for the possibility of death by fright!”

SPINE TINGLER! The William Castle Story (review here) is BUZZING with NEW and electrifying BONUS features available only on this DVD, which include:

  • NEW AUDIO COMMENTARY with producer/director Jeffrey Schwarz, editor Philip Harrison, composer Michael “The Millionaire” Cudahy, graphic designer Grant Nellessen with a special guest appearance from the GREAT beyond…William Castle!
  • INTERVIEW OUTTAKES! Over one hour of additional chats about William Castle’s life and impact with Bob Burns, Darryl Hickman, Terry Castle, John Waters, John Landis, Diane Baker, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, John Badham, Marcel Marceau, Fred Olen Ray, Leonard Maltin and Forrest J. Ackerman.
  • MASTER CLASS with WILLIAM CASTLE! An exclusive lecture given at the USC Film School in the Seventies, caught on tape.
  • UNEARTHED, RARE FOOTAGE of the original THE TINGLER premiere in Texas, William Castle at the USA Film Festival and MORE.
  • DEVILISHLY DELIGHTFUL VIDEO capturing the BALLYHOO of SPINE TINGLER! See the film’s buzz from the AFIFest Red Carpet Premiere (with appearance by the Tingler!), a lively Q&A, promotional interviews and MORE.

    SPINE TINGLER! The William Castle Story chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, who mastered the art of the “ballyhoo;” the ability to create hype with gimmicks and publicity to win an audience. He became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks in the Fifties and Sixties by treating movie goers to “electrifying” and buzzing seats, flying skeletons with luminescent ghosts and even dispensing “life insurance” policies to delighted movie-goers who could die from fright, watching his films. His, is a rag-to-riches tale of a “LARGER than life” showman who climbed his way up the Hollywood ladder by reinventing himself as a modern P.T. Barnum; driven by a fear of failure and a longing to be respected among
    his peers.

    Featuring footage from Castle’s films including 13 Ghosts, The Tingler and Strait Jacket with insightful, colorful interviews with a roster of filmmakers, fans of Castle including John Waters, Joe Dante, John Landis, Stuart Gordon and more, SPINE TINGLER! is a loving journey exploring the life of a man’s desire to connect with his audience with interactive, bone-chilling and over-the-top entertainment! The audience-pleasing film has played film festivals around the world and has won awards for Best Documentary at multiple festivals including AFI Fest and Screamfest LA.

    And for fans of Michael “The Millonaire” Cudahy of Combustible Edison fame, make sure to pick up the jazzy, cocktail infused SPINE TINGLER! soundtrack available on iTunes and Amazon.

    Automat Pictures Announces SPINE TINGLER! The William Castle Story Special Edition DVD

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