Nostalgia vies with rollicking good fun in these anecdote-studded memoirs of legendary horror director William Castle. Remember the Lloyds of London life insurance policy that protected moviegoers if they were frightened to death by "Macabre"? Or the theatre seats that buzzed when "The Tingler" came on screen...and refunds for cowards who could not face the last terrifying minutes of "Homicidal"?read more
America's "Master of the Macabre" is at it again. Remember the Lloyds of London life insurance policy that protected moviegoers if they were frightened to death by "Macabre"? Or the theatre seats that buzzed when "The Tingler" came on screen...and the refund for cowards who could not face the last terrifying minutes of "Homicidal"? Bill Castle loved scaring the pants off America...especially with his most famous hit, "Rosemary's Baby." Castle has always sought and found the thrill of thrilling--a mark of successful showmanship. And he's at it again, with his greatest gimmick of all time soon to come. Follow him daily at www.williamcastle.com and join his fan club at www.williamcastlefanclub.com.read more
Reviews for STEP RIGHT UP!...I'm Gonna Scare The Pants Off America
Norman Victor Chaplin
From beginning to end, this book was an absolute pleasure to read. Step Right Up... follows Castle's entire life, from his childhood as a double jointed outcast, to his days as a Broadway actor and stage manager, to his seven way contract with Columbia, directing low budget film noir, to producing films for other such talented directors as Orson Welles (The Lady from Shanghai) and Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby) and of course, the films Castle is legendary for, his 'shockers', such as House on Haunted Hill, Macabre and my personal favorite,The Tingler. If you're a fan of Castle's films, you'll love his accounts of their development, production and promotion. If you haven't seen Castle's films, you'll want to.read more
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