Monday, April 8, 2013

Day #22,390-391

Walk km 13,446-13,464: Meetup walk from Chinatown to Richmond
Walk km 13,464-13,466: to Safeway
Walk km 13,466-13,468: to T&T

Movie #2255: Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007, Jeffrey Schwarz)

First part of a William Castle double feature on TCM. Nothing special as a film except that Castle came up with so many goofy ways of promoting a movie that it keeps the story interesting all the way through.

Movie #2256: Macabre (1958, William Castle)

According to the documentary, this was the first film that Castle produced on his own by mortgaging his house. His gimmick for this one was that each member of the audience was given an insurance policy from Lloyds Of London that would pay off for $1000 is they died of fright while watching the film.
Lloyds Of London could breath easy as there wasn't much to frighten anybody here. A nice idea: a kid disappears and then the phone rings and somebody says they've buried the kid alive and she'll be dead in 4 or 5 hours. Unfortunately, the exection leaves a lot to be desired as, despite the time limit, everybody spends most of their time just talking to one another. But, it's still fun. 

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