All Good Things Must Come To An End: DAY FIVE of the William Castle Blogathon

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This was my first time co-hosting a blogathon which had me eager with anticipation but nervous as hell! This was really Jo’s baby and I am just honored and thrilled to have joint custody. William Castle was a child at heart who probably gave his mother fits once upon a time. I wonder what it might have been like growing up in the Castle household. I wonder if Mr. Castle’s children were like Jo and I when we were kids. Haunted houses in the garage, magic tricks, detective kits, begging our parents to buy crappy junk from the back of Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics; it goes without saying neither Jo nor I could resist the acquisition of sea monkeys! But above all else, Jo and I loved movies. In the 70s you could always catch great flicks on television; especially on a Sunday afternoon. Elvis Presley, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Corman, Godzilla and his Toho cohorts, Ninjas, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and lest we not forget; William Castle! Just a few of the wonderful movie memories of my childhood. My dad was a pop culture junkie who was a huge fan of horror and science fiction. That meant lots of trips to the movie theatre and drive in. At least until home video. My dad was particularly fond of the films from the 50s and 60s that he grew up with and William Castle was a favourite. This blogathon would have pleased my father immensely. Thank you so very much for inviting me to take this awesome trip with you Jo! William Castle genuinely loved what he did and it showed. With a huge heart, an endless imagination and a love for entertaining Mr. Castle brought a special magic to the world of cinema. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this celebration of William Castle. Your fantastic features and reviews made Jo and I look like superstars! I made some new friends and discovered some amazing sites now you should all come over to my place for a drink.

HOLD ON! The fun isn’t over yet!! We have one hell of a day for you! We are going out BIG; the way William Castle would have liked it!

Wonders in the Dark Reviews Christopher Komeda’s Score for Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Journeys in Classic Film  reviews the documentary Spine-Tingler: The William Castle Story.

Tales of the Easily Distracted are reviewing William Castle’s 1962 film Zotz!

Classic Movie Night is reviewing the television series Ghost Story/Circle of Fear.

50 Westerns from the 50s reviews William Castle’s 1954 film The Law vs. Billy the Kid.

Last but certainly not least; Jo, my monster-tastic co-host over at The Last Drive In brings you her feature Back Story: What Ever Happened to William Castle’s Baby? (Rosemary’s Baby).
Left tor right, William Castle, Mia Farrow, and Robert Evans during the production of ROSEMARY'S BABY, 1968.

And don’t forget to check out the features from the rest of our spectacular guests!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for making The William Castle Blogathon Kick Such Serious Ass…

50 Westerns from the 50s
Anti-Film School
Cinema Schminema
Cinematic Catharsis
Classic Movie Hub
Classic Movie Night
Critica Retro
Forgotten Films
Furious Cinema
Films From Beyond The Time Barrier
Journeys in Classic Film
Lasso the Movies
The Midnight Monster Show
Midnight Only
Mondo Heather
The Motion Pictures
Movies Silently
My Kind of Story
Once Upon a Screen
Scenes from the Morgue
Shadows and Satin
She Blogged by Night
Silver Scenes
Silver Screenings
Tales of the Easily Distracted
The Droid You’re Looking For
The Nitrate Diva
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Weird Flix
Wide Screen World
Wonders in the Dark

Visit every single one of these awesome sites daily!

10 Responses to “All Good Things Must Come To An End: DAY FIVE of the William Castle Blogathon”

  1. […] your version of Castle’s style and body of work. All I can seem to say is THANK YOU Goregirl and THANK YOU all… I am delighted and honored and really really proud that everyone had such a […]

  2. Awwww, I teared up with your closing comment missy. Our baby as it were, has been such a blessing. You summed it up in a way that just says it all. Our childhood journeys, our appreciate of the magic Castle’s films created, the balmy afternoons spent in musty theaters back when they double features. Sticky movie theater floors and popcorn in your lap. The sea monkeys, The Famous Monsters of Filmland. I’m glad your dad would be proud. That rings true with my pop too. He sounds like one special dad… I wish we did know each other as kids, we would have really caused some serious mischief. I’m touched by your words and I am also with you on how amazing it is to have such fantastic people along for the ride. I couldn’t have pulled this off without you my friend. I say aside from the drinks, let’s all go camp out and tell ghost stories- pajama party -xoxox MonsterGirl me

    • goregirl Says:

      This blogathon was an awesome experience and you rock MonsterGirl! It really was my honor and pleasure to co-host this with you my friend.

  3. conradw58 Says:

    I really can’t do justice in words what a great job everyone did in this blogathon. I know in my heart William Castle would have loved it because his daughter Terry told me he loved his fans. My monster kid mania began 50 years ago,and will never end as long as I live in this nutty world. As a kid,I lived for monster movies at theaters,drive-ins and on TV. Anyway,well done,Goregirl and company!

    • goregirl Says:

      Thank you so much Conrad for your kind words and sharing your movie memories! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the blogathon! It was such an awesome experience and discovering Shanks and The Night Walker was a huge bonus! And I can’t say enough good things about our contributors and my delightful co-host! I’m glad you think Mr. Castle would have loved it:)

  4. The statements above and this very blogathon renew my love of the internet for its ability to bring like-minded people together. People hundreds if not thousands of lives apart, with similar childhood experiences can come together to celebrate nostalgia and find new sources of amusement and enjoyment.

    Thanks to our hosts and everyone who participated! This was truly a case of the whole being much greater than the sum of its parts. Hope to see you all ’round the Blogosphere.

    • Er… thousands of “miles”… sheesh.

    • goregirl Says:

      Well said Ray! The internet for all its lesser qualities is a wondrous place. I’ve connected with some truly fantastic like-minded folks I wished lived down the street. It was my pleasure to co-host; y’all really made us look good! Thank YOU Ray for celebrating William Castle with us!

  5. Great job of the blogathon! I wasn’t that familiar with William Castle before the blogathon and, as I’m making my way though the participating blogs, I’m learning a lot about this talented fellow. Thanks for co-hosting a marvelous blogathon. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I thought I knew a fair amount about Castle until this event! The contributions were simply superb and I am especially pleased some of Castle’s pre-Macabre stuff got attention; I was not familiar with his contract stuff at all. I’ve said it once and I will say it again; this event was nothing without you all! It was completely my pleasure to co-host this fantastic lineup of talented folks!

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