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My 98th Birthday! Happy Birthday to me.

My 98th Birthday! Happy Birthday to me.

Hard to believe I would have been 98-years-old today. If I was still alive. As it is, I will always be 63!

Can you imagine what my cake might look like?  I remember my 50th birthday. Howard Koch had a cake made in the shape of a castle. It was lovely. But all those candles. Today you would almost have to double them. The castle would have to be huge to fit all those tiny torches!

But today I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support, your enthusiastic virtual embraces, your unwillingness to let me leave this world forgotten and dismissed.

You  have no idea how much your love and support means to my memory and the memory of those that loved me.

I died on a full moon.  My family was all around me. So many years later, the world is such a different place but there is one constant, we all miss the innocent bedlam.  Those carefree days when we would sit in darkened movie theaters and suspend our disbelief. Life like movies have become so much more complicated these days.

I would like for my birthday to take you back in time. To a place when you were happy watching a double feature in a beautiful movie theater. A place where you didn’t have to spend your entire paycheck for a ticket and some popcorn, a place where you didn’t over-analyze the films you were watching, a place where you wore dungarees and poodle skirts, a place that seems so darn far away.  But close your eyes and feel the feeling if you can. Could man really walk on the moon?  Could an African American man really become president? Could cars park themselves?

So many wonderful advances but I am here to remind you not to forget what we have given up. Never forget your innocence, where you have been, what the costs have been to get here.

Innocence isn’t lost just misplaced. Your voices are heard. I hear them! Loud and clear.

Thank you for bringing me back from the grave. Thank you for the warm wishes and delightfully devilish emails.

Now light a candle for me and remember those days gone by…I will be watching all of you.

It’s my birthday so don’t forget to scream. Scream for your lives!

WC

9 Comments

  1. Alex says:

    I could never forget the man who brought us The House On Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts and so many other wonderful thrills and chills! Your history as a brilliant film-maker stands only in the shadow of your reputation as a wonderful soul and incredible father. Bill, people like you will live forever!

    Always & Ever

    Alexander Z Kautz

  2. Hi, Bill, and glad you’re still holding up! 98!! Quite a milestone, or is that headstone? In any event, your films still hold up today as well as they ever did, and I wish you many more in the spirit world — now, how about scaring up THE NIGHT WALKER on DVD in the near future?

    Everything else you’ve done is out on DVD, and this is one of your best, with a script by Robert “PSYCHO” Bloch, as well as being Barbara Stanwyck’s final big-screen appearance before a long stint in television. C’mon, Bill — if anyone can dig THE NIGHT WALKER up, you can!!

    • William Castle says:

      I am really trying to dig up The Night Walker. I am not sure what is wrong with Universal! Love your comment. Thank you!!!

  3. James Nichols says:

    Best wishes to you, Bill! It had been so long since we’d heard from you I was afraid you’d left us yet again…

  4. matt says:

    Got my books in the mail yesterday. Haven’t been able to put down the screamplay. So good. I have been flipping and re-flipping so I can see the skeleton over and over!

  5. Matt says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for all you have done for Horror Hounds.

    • William Castle says:

      Thank you for you undying loyalty!!!!
      Best, Bill

  6. Tom Misnik says:

    Happy Birthday, my dear friend.

  7. Endless Meghan says:

    2 things ring to mind with this — 1, should I ever have kids, I will bring them watching and listening to everything I grew up with, this includes William Castle movies. 2, one of my dreams has always been to own an old school theater like you described. A little bit of a revival house, but also an independent theater to help support DIY filmmakers looking to break the mold. This theater would of course have a grand marquee requiring large letters and the smell of classic as you walk in (I’ve been told that classic smell that reminds me of The Castle Theater I started at is mold….). Anywho, Happy birthday! Thank you for inspiration!.

    -Endless Meghan

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