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The final Grind-Fu Cinema of 2018 brings scares and cake!

Grind-Fu Cinema presents a creepy William Castle triple feature on Saturday, October 27th! Free admission, plus cake!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
the final Grind-Fu of 2018

William Castle Triple Feature

The Tingler
House on Haunted Hill

Saturday, October 27th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN




Fellow movie geeks, Grind-Fu Cinema is so excited to finally be able to announce the line-up for the final screening of the 2018 season! We've had a lot of great double features over the past several months, but this line-up is super sized with creepy movies! We're presenting a triple feature of William Castle films to deliver three times the terror!

Who is William Castle?

William Castle was a born promoter that fell in love with theater at age 13 when he saw Bela Lugosi perform Dracula on stage, and went on to work in films for Columbia pictures. His trademark was creating a gimmick to tie into his films. For Macabre, his first major film, he offered a $1000 life insurance policy to everyone that went to the movie, just in case they died of fright. Each film after that had some other inventive gimmick to draw viewers in and enhance their movie going experience. On top of the gimmicks, his movies are just plain fun. There's always a knowing wink at the audience, and quite a bit of dark humor. Castle himself would even introduce the films on occasion, presenting himself as a sort of Alfred Hitchcock style host of the proceedings.



William Castle wrote a fantastic autobiography called Step Right Up! I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America, which is just as entertaining as his films, and his life was even appropriated for a 1993 film starring John Goodman called Matinee, which depicts a gimmicky filmmaker promoting his film MANT!, which was filmed in 'Atomo-vision' and 'Rumble-rama'). John Waters declared "William Castle was my idol. His films made me want to make films... William Castle was God." Robert Zemeckis lists Castle as his favorite filmmaker, and he founded Dark Castle Entertainment with the intent of remaking Castle's films. It's even claimed that Alfred Hitchcock was inspired to make Psycho, a low budget film by his standards, after seeing the success of films made by William Castle and Roger Corman.

In the tradition of William Castle, we're offering up incentive for any brave souls that can withstand the full horror of all three movies! All survivors will receive an official certificate of survival (suitable for framing) that will look nice on a wall next to any diplomas or certificates of achievement that they may have. DO YOU DARE STAY FOR THE FULL TRIPLE FEATURE?



In addition to the survival certificate, we will also have a "Coward Corner" set up, so that anyone that is overwhelmed by fear can escape the theater and go to a safe area to recover from their fright. We've got you covered! Now, what are the movies that you have to survive?


The Tingler (1959)

William Castle worked with Vincent Price twice in his career, and both films represent high points in the Castle filmography. The second film they did together was The Tingler, which features Price as a doctor that believes the cause of the spine tingling felt during extreme fear is caused by a "tingler" parasite that lives on human spines. It grows feeds on the host's fear, which causes it to curl up and crush the spine of the person experiencing terror. The only way that a person can weaken the creature is by screaming.

There many spine tingling moments in The Tinger, and we won't reveal them here, but one thing you should know is that you can feel free to scream a the top of your lungs to release your fear and protect yourself from a Tingler attack! During the film's initial run, Castle would rig up theater seats in larger theaters with buzzers to startle viewers at a key moment in the film. Shyboy Tim's dad often recalled seeing The Tingler at the theater in St. James where he worked, and he said that the seats for that screening were rigged with the buzzers. Sadly, it isn't in the Grind-Fu budget to do this, but the scares will still be all too real for you without them!



After The Tingler there will be a break for cake! Halloween is our favorite holiday, so we always go big with the celebrating, and that includes enlisting Amber, our resident cake artist, to make a horrific and delicious masterpiece for the Grind-Fu crowd. The short video posted above shows her making one of her most elaborate caked for the 2016 Grind-Fu Cinema. These aren't simple sheetcakes, but more graphic depictions of elements of the films we're showing on any given year. Here are some examples of what she has done in the past. We don't know what she has in store for us this year, but we're very excited to find out!



After we're full of cake and all amped up with sugar, we'll resume the triple feature with the first film that William Castle worked on with Vincent Price...


House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price plays an eccentric millionaire throwing a party for his wife at a haunted house. He brings together five strangers and promises them each $10,000 (roughly $86,000 in 2018 bucks) if they can survive a night there. What unfolds over the next 75 minutes is one of William Castle's most creepy and darkly comedic films. Price is amazingly macabre, and Carol Ohmart is perfect as her conniving and disinterested wife. It's the perfect storm of Castle tricks.

We've shown House on Haunted Hill a few times over the years, and it's always a crowd pleaser. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 96% fresh, and it's regularly regarded as William Castle's masterpiece.


Homicidal (1961)

After Alfred Hitchcock was inspired by the films of William Castle to make Psycho, it only makes sense that Castle appeared to be inspired by Psycho for Homicidal, a movie about a murderous woman in a small California town. It would be a crime to give away too many details, because the twists will surprise you! What you should know is that William Castle inserted a 45 second "Fright Break" at the climax of the film to give viewers a chance to flee the theater and ask for a refund if they became too frightened. When Castle discovered that some people were actually demanding a refund, he introduced the "Coward's Corner" in theaters. The area consisted of a large yellow box, and there arrows pointing to it with the words "Coward's keep walking". When people went to the "Cowards Corner" they had to sign a card stating "I am a bona fide coward". The refund demands dried up after that.




While you're not required to wear a costume to Grind-Fu Cinema, you are heartily encouraged to do so! Shyboy Tim and Shelley will be dolled up in whatever oddball ensemble they come up with, and you should do the same. You won't be the only one in costume, we promise! Here are some past examples of Grind-Fu finery:


What a bunch of nerds! So bring all of your nerdy friends and your nerd self and join us for an amazing FREE triple feature of William Castle classics. And don't forge that there will be cake, because they all want cake. It's gonna be a great time. Send any questions you may have to!

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