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Horror History: First – and Only – Look at Joe Lynch’s The Tingler

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Horror History: First - and Only - Look at Joe Lynch's The TinglerWay back when, Dread Central favorite Joe Lynch was attached to bring a remake of the William Castle classic The Tingler to the big screen. Alas, it never materialized, but thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can now see Lynch’s concept boards!

It was around 2009 when this project was lurking about one of the bigger studios out there, and horror’s dynamic writing duo, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, had turn in what Lynch called “an amazing script.”

Too bad we never got to see this one. Given the principals involved, it could and would still be a home run. Check out the artwork below, and click it for a bigger and better look. The art is by Ken Perkins.

Lynch’s next film, Everly, starring Salma Hayek, was picked up by Dimension Films during the European Film Market. Release news to come. To keep up with all things Lynch related, follow Joe Lynch on Twitter!

William Castle released The Tingler, starring Vincent Price, in 1959. In the film Price stars as an obsessed doctor who discovers that fear manifests itself as a parasitic creature which grows on the spinal cords of terrified people. If they scream, the Tingler can be destroyed. If they don’t, it will sever the spinal column and kill them. He successfully isolates and removes the Tingler from a deaf mute (Judith Evelyn) who has been scared to death by her devious husband. Once captured, the Tingler escapes and runs amok in a crowded movie theater. Terror is loose, but can it be stopped?

The Tingler is legendary horror director William Castle’s magnum opus. After the success of The House on Haunted Hill, Castle devised a new gimmick called “Percepto” for The Tingler. Participating theaters would wire seats so that random moviegoers would get a tangible electric shock during climactic moments in the film. Another novelty used to maximum effect is the short color sequence depicting blood pouring from a faucet and filling a bathtub.

Joe Lynch's The Tingler (click for larger image)

The Tingler

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