Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): No such file or directory in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /nfs/c06/h08/mnt/96389/domains/williamcastle.com/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/statpress-reloaded/statpress.php on line 1786
And The Oscar Goes To… William Castle

And The Oscar Goes To… William Castle

Sounds great. Doesn’t it?  Has a nice ring to it.  Too bad I never got to hear those words.

I dreamt about getting an Oscar.  I really have.  If I’m honest, I still dream about it.  Cold, bone aching dreams.  Dreams that leave me breathless, heart pounding and I’m dead.

I even used to practice my acceptance speech.  “First, I would like to thank the Academy…” and then I would have some gimmick up my sleeve that would scare the living daylights out of all the filmmakers in the audience. It would have been so very sweet.

But can you imagine any of my films being nominated for an Academy award?  “Rosemary’s Baby” was nominated for best screenplay and Ruth Gordon won for best supporting actress.

I was thrilled for them.  I watched them from my living room.  I didn’t feel well enough to attend that Oscar’s party. But “Rosemary’s Baby” didn’t even come close to being nominated for best picture.  It was a horror film.  And back then, horror films never got nominated.

I would be lying if I did not tell you I was desperate for recognition by my contemporaries.  I wanted “their” approval.  Of course, I seldom received it.  I was known as a “B” horror director and I never was able to step out of that role.  They would have laughed at me, but my films made money.  But “they” still didn’t take me seriously.

I’m fine with this now.  Age and death gives you perspective.  I have a far more rewarding accomplishment.  I mean this sincerely.  I have you.  And you still remember me.  And most of you remember me fondly.

I am delighted to know this.  Surprised.  But thrilled.

Nothing is more important to me than the audiences I made films for.  And to think that that audience has continued to grow.

I have received more than an Oscar.  I have received your trust, your love, your loyalty.

So, “I would like to thank you, my fans.  For being so incredibly loyal.  For screaming in all the right places.  For laughing at some of the right places.  I would also like to thank you for laughing at some of the wrong places.  Hell, it’s a horror film.  If we can’t have fun with them, we are a sorry bunch.  But not you.  You are true blue.  And over the last fifty years, I have loved to hear your pounding hearts, feel your sweaty palms, listen for your unbridles screams.  So, dear Academy of Motion Pictures, go screw yourself.  I accept this award on behalf of my fans. This one’s for you!”

WC

2 Comments

  1. George Ferris says:

    Dear Bill,
    the fact that Rosemary’s Baby did not receive more nominations for the Oscar, is truly a sad example of the limitations of the Academy at that time. I recently had the pleasure of watching it again, and enjoyed it on this viewing as much as I did on the first, many years ago.
    Yes, you do hold a special place in the hearts of your fans, and will forevermore.

    With the GREATEST RESPECT,
    George

    • William Castle says:

      Thank you so much. I nobody knew what to think about a horror film that caused such a buzz.

      But my respect goes to you.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*