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* ''Film/ThirteenFrightenedGirls'' (1963)


William Castle (April 24, 1914 May 31, 1977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.

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William Castle (April (born William Schloss Jr.; April 24, 1914 May 31, 1977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of When he was 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.


William Castle (19141977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.

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William Castle (19141977) (April 24, 1914 May 31, 1977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.


Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. That same year he had his final onscreen role, as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in John Schlesinger's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.

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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. That same year he had his final onscreen role, as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in John Schlesinger's Creator/JohnSchlesinger's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.


Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. That same year he had his final onscreen role, as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in John Schlesinger's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.

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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. That same year he had his final onscreen role, as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in John Schlesinger's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.


Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. His final onscreen role was as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in 1975's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.
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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. His That same year he had his final onscreen role was role, as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in 1975's John Schlesinger's ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.
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Castle co-produced the 1947 film ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai'' and produced a few TV series in the late 1950s, but his big breakthrough as independent producer-director came in 1958 with ''Macabre'', which he promoted by insuring audience members for $1000 against dying by fright. Over the next three years, Castle directed and produced a string of HorrorFilms, each baiting audiences with its own lurid trademark gimmick: "Emergo" (''[[Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959 House on Haunted Hill]]''), "Percepto" (''Film/TheTingler''), "Illusion-O" (''Film/ThirteenGhosts''), the "Fright Break" (''Homicidal'') and the "Punishment Poll" (''Film/MrSardonicus'').

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Castle co-produced the 1947 film ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai'' and produced a few TV series in the late 1950s, but his big breakthrough as independent producer-director came in 1958 with ''Macabre'', which he promoted by insuring audience members for $1000 against dying by fright. Over the next three years, Castle directed and produced a string of low-budget HorrorFilms, each baiting audiences with its own lurid trademark gimmick: "Emergo" (''[[Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959 House on Haunted Hill]]''), "Percepto" (''Film/TheTingler''), "Illusion-O" (''Film/ThirteenGhosts''), the "Fright Break" (''Homicidal'') and the "Punishment Poll" (''Film/MrSardonicus'').


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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. His final onscreen role was as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in 1975's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust''.

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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. His final onscreen role was as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in 1975's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust''.''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust''.


'''William Castle''' (19141977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.

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'''William Castle''' William Castle (19141977) began working as an actor on Broadway at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he directed a stage production of ''Dracula''. He began playing uncredited bit parts in movies in 1937, and by the early 1940s had worked his way up to directing {{B Movie}}s.


Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''.

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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''. His final onscreen role was as the director of the doomed [[ShowWithinAShow film within a film]] in 1975's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust''.


Castle co-produced the 1947 film ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai'' and produced a few TV series in the late 1950s, but his big breakthrough as independent producer-director came in 1958 with ''Macabre'', which he promoted by insuring audience members for $1000 against dying by fright. Over the next three years, Castle directed and produced a string of HorrorFilms, each baiting audiences with its own lurid trademark gimmick: "Emergo" (''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''), "Percepto" (''Film/TheTingler''), "Illusion-O" (''Film/ThirteenGhosts''), the "Fright Break" (''Homicidal'') and the "Punishment Poll" (''Film/MrSardonicus'').

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Castle co-produced the 1947 film ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai'' and produced a few TV series in the late 1950s, but his big breakthrough as independent producer-director came in 1958 with ''Macabre'', which he promoted by insuring audience members for $1000 against dying by fright. Over the next three years, Castle directed and produced a string of HorrorFilms, each baiting audiences with its own lurid trademark gimmick: "Emergo" (''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''), (''[[Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959 House on Haunted Hill]]''), "Percepto" (''Film/TheTingler''), "Illusion-O" (''Film/ThirteenGhosts''), the "Fright Break" (''Homicidal'') and the "Punishment Poll" (''Film/MrSardonicus'').


Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', had Castle under contract not to direct. Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''.

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Castle's films after 1961, not all of which fall under the horror genre, used more subtle gimmicks, when they used gimmicks at all. In some cases, the gimmick was the top billing of fading stars from the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood such as Creator/JoanCrawford. The biggest success among Castle's later productions, ''Film/RosemarysBaby'', 1968's ''[[Film/RosemarysBaby Rosemary's Baby]]'', had Castle under contract not to direct.direct (Creator/RomanPolanski took the helm instead). Castle also chose not to direct his final production, the 1975 movie ''Bug''.

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