Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle

Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle

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William Castle was cinemaa€™s Abominable Showman a€“ the marketing genius who thought a€œoutside the coffina€ to dream up outrageous public relations gimmicks, such as PERCEPTO! and EMERGO! He was also the talented director of fifty-six feature films, from the Film Noir When Strangers Marry and the Whistler mysteries to Westerns, swashbucklers, and a€“ his fearsome forte a€“ celebrated shockers, such as House on Haunted Hill, Strait-Jacket, Homicidal, and The Tingler. Author Joe Jordan provides exhaustive scholarly analysis of each of Castlea€™s directorial efforts, as well as production background, little-known anecdotes, and succinct plot synopses. a€œJoe Jordan dissects the films of William Castle with delicious abandon, as if he wields the razor edge of Joan Crawforda€™s axe from Strait-Jacket. Like slicing tendons from marrow, he carves into the masterful showmana€™s work with surgical precision and pulls the mask from the myths. A genuine thriller from A-Z. Hardly a shadow misses his myopic scrutiny. Every page keeps you on the edge of your seat.a€ a€“ David W. Menefee, Pulitzer nominated author of Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story. a€œFills in the missing a€˜Fright Breaka€™ in every horror aficionadoa€™s film library!a€ a€“ Lucy Chase Williams, author of The Complete Films of Vincent Price.Although the youngest Zorba escapes with the help of the ghosts, some might wonder how he would have acclimated to ... As Buck opens Shadracka#39;s oversized trunk, Von Dextera#39;s score departs from its ominous overtones and transitions to a anbsp;...

Title:Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle
Author:Joe Jordan
Publisher:BearManor Media - 2014-06-30


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