Monday, August 8, 2011

Slingshot Obit

With an ominous, spine-chilling wail
The skeleton slides on his rail
But the schoolkids take aim
at his skeletal frame,
and with popcorn his heinie assail

David Cairns

With his patented gimmick "Emergo", producer-director William Castle slid an inflatable skeleton out over audiences watching House on Haunted Hill (1959). Teenagers found it a ready target. Image source: Garbo Laughs

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