Two on a Guillotine : Reference/tribute to William Castle

Reference/tribute to William Castle

The skeleton gliding down out of the cabinet is very likely a reference/tribute to gimmick horror director William Castle.

"That man's nuts, Grab 'em!!!

Re: Reference/tribute to William Castle

Yes, especially House on Haunted Hill, where in the theatre, from someplace above, at a certain point in the film, a skeleton came out of the dark, above the audience . . .

Re: Reference/tribute to William Castle

It's the scene where the skeleton emerges from the vat of acid, an inflatable skeleton was pushed out from a slit in the movie screen and slid down a wire suspended from the ceiling.

"That man's nuts, grab 'em!!!

Re: Reference/tribute to William Castle

Why does the skeleton have a second upper leg bone, in addition to its femur? Is it the skeleton of an alien?

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I have no idea, but it kind of looked like the lower leg bones were doubled up alongside the thighbones. That being said, though, it does appear to be a real skeleton.

"That man's nuts, Grab 'em!!!

Re: Reference/tribute to William Castle

In the theatre I saw the film in (the Congress--amazing, still standing) . . . the skeleton emerged from an upper box, or balcony connection high up, came out, and for a few minutes dangled, and was then drawn back in . . . a lot of fun it was . . .

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Looks to me like the lower extremities were altered so the sliding skeleton wouldn't kick Connie in the head, yet still arrive with the skull near her eye level.


We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream

Appropriate Homage

You're right. As an original member of the William Castle Fan Club, he was always one of my favorites, with his schlocky gimmicks to give his audience their money's worth.

I recall sending off and joining his fan club by cutting a coupon from an old Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I had two subscriptions -- one magazine never opened, all the way back to #1 -- and another that I read (carefully) and very rarely cut coupons from. When I left for the Army in 1964 my mother promised that she'd take care of that big box of FMOF, carefully packed away in her attic, even though she laughed at my insistence they'd be worth money someday. Almost 20 yrs later, when I bought my own house, I also discovered that a #1 FMOF had auctioned for a huge amount of money, so I called and asked her to send me the box.

Unfortunately, she had ignored her promise and let my evil nieces and nephews play with those mint old issues, and basically dissected them into barely recognizable pages. That box, intact, would probably have paid off my $150,000 house -- but now it's probably worth a few hundred bucks as rough "reading copies."

And so life goes ....

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To me, it looked like the skeleton didn't have any lower leg bones.



"There will be blood. Oh, yes, there WILL be blood."-Jigsaw; "Saw II"

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Yes, I automatically thought of William Castle and HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL when the skeleton appeared. His gimmick for that film was called Emergo - www.shocktillyoudrop.com/assets/uploads/2015/03/HouseHillfeat.jpg
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