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

Posted in movies, William Castle Blogathon with tags , , on August 2, 2013 by goregirl

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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!

The William Castle Blogathon Update!

Posted in movies, USA, William Castle Blogathon with tags , on June 20, 2013 by goregirl

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The William Castle Blogathon hosted by Jo over at The Last Drive In and yours truly is coming and we have a pile of updates for you. There are several new contributors and an impressive range of titles chosen. I really am psyched about the enthusiasm for Mr. Castle! Every last one of you are fecking awesome! I have included an updated list of participants below. What will your Castle-loving hosts be up to? Jo will be covering House on Haunted Hill (1959), Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949), and Back Story: What Ever Happened to William Castle’s Baby? (Rosemary’s Baby). I will be doing “The Women of Castle“, “The Music of Castle” and “Top Five Favourite Castle Films“.

David Arrate over at My Kind of Story created a new banner featuring It’s a Small World (1950) as well as a side banner featuring Shanks (1974). Feel free to use these if you want to help promote the blogathon. I highly recommend checking out David’s Shanks (1974) Tumblr post here!

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At the top of this page was one of a quartet of delightful banners created by Jo. These banners were posted with my original announcement; you can access the other three here.

Ruth over at Silver Screenings will be reviewing The Old Dark House (1963). Check out the trailer…

Dorian over at Tales of the Easily Distracted will be reviewing The Spirit is Willing (1967). Check out the trailer…

Rob Silvera over at The Midnight Monster Show will be reviewing Homicidal (1961) & House on Haunted Hill (1959).


House on Haunted Hill

Paul over at Lasso the Movies will be reviewing The Tingler (1959).

The Tingler

Heather Drain over at Mondo Heather will be reviewing 13 Frightened Girls! (1963) & Bio.

13 Frightened Girls

Stacia over at She Blogged By Night will be reviewing Let’s Kill Uncle (1966). Check out the trailer…

Jeff Kuykendall over at Midnight Only will be reviewing Bug (1975). Check out the trailer…

(Lindsey) The Motion Pictures -Tribute
(Gwen) Movies Silently– The Crime Doctor & The Whistler
(Vinnie) Tales of the Easily Distracted -Zotz! (1962)
(David Arrate) My Kind of Story-Images – Shanks (1974), It’s a Small World (1950) & Masterson of Kansas (1954)
(Brian Schuck) Films From Beyond The Time Barrier– Strait-Jacket (1964)
Furious Cinema – TBD
(Kristina) Speakeasy The Houston Story (1956)
(Aurora) Once Upon a Screen – The Night Walker (1964)
Classic Movie Hub– The Busy Body (1967)
(Karen) Shadows and Satin– Mysterious Intruder (1946)
The Nitrate Diva – When Strangers Marry (1944)
Forgotten Films-Macabre (1958)
(Barry) Cinematic Catharsis -13 Ghosts (1960)
(Misty Layne) Cinema Schminema – Project X (1968)
(Ivan) Thrilling Days of Yesteryear– I Saw What You Did (1965), The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)
(Rich) Wide Screen World – Top 5 William Castle Gimmicks
(Steve Habrat) Anti-Film School – Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
(John LaRue) The Droid You’re Looking For – Visual Feature (various films)
(J. Murphy) Basement Screams – TBD
(Ray) Weird Flix – Slaves of Babylon (1953) & The Saracen Blade (1954)
(Toby Roan) 50 Westerns – The Law vs Billy the Kid (1954)
(Jenna Berry) Classic Movie Night – Ghost Story/Circle of Fear
(Le) Critica Retro – Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948)
(Kristen) Journeys in Classic Film – Spine-Tingler: The William Castle Story
(The Metzinger Sisters) Silver Scenes – Busy Bodies: Promoting Castle’s Camp & The Films of William Castle