The poster for "The Tingler" declares "When the screen screams, you'll scream too ... if you value your life!"
That line was typical of legendary horror schlockmeister William Castle, who used cheesy gimmicks to enhance the B-movies he directed with more enthusiasm than skill. His films became classics anyway, for the campy humor that resulted from the silly promotional schtick, overwrought dialogue and bargain-basement FX.
The 1959 flick, starring Vincent Price, tells the story of a parasite that wraps itself around the spine and grows bigger and stronger when it senses fear in its host.
When the film was initially released, Castle installed vibrating machines underneath theater seats to scare the bejeesus out of moviegoers.
"The Tingler" will be shown Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cinemark Buckland, 99 Red Stone Road in Manchester; Cinemark North Haven, 550 Universal Drive; and Connecticut Post 14, 1201 Boston Post Road in Milford.
Admission is $8.45, $8 children, $7.75 seniors for the matinees, and $11.25, $8 children, $7.75 seniors for the evening screening. cinemark.com.