He's back from the dead and ready to party... Well, that's not exactly true, but it does seem difficult to keep William Castle (who passed away in 1977) down. His newest release from beyond the grave, House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay (Complete with Emerg-O), was released on October 31st. And now we've got a book signing to tell you about. Really? Yes, really.
For all the entertaining he did in life, William Castle is proving to be just as enjoyable in the afterlife. We recently told you about his upcoming book From the Grave: The Prayer. Now the ghostly scribe has yet another work about to be released, and this one's based around a classic film.
"William Castle's Shockers", presented by the very undead folks from Cinefamily at Hollywood, California's iconic Silent Movie Theatre, has been running Saturday nights in October. Of course there will also be a double feature on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31st.
Many genre fans today know the name William Castle, but not so many are aware of his full and lasting impact on it. Back in the late Fifties and on through the Sixties, his was a name that was synonymous with horror films. Further, his name was – and remains – one that defines the term “spectacle” in modern film history. Castle was a man who never forgot that “show” is the first word in “show business.” He knew, instinctively, that if you gave the movie-going audience a decent show, the business part would take care of itself.