On Sunday May 11, NBC unveils the first half of a new, four hour miniseres adaptation of Ira Levin’s ROSEMARY’S BABY. In 1968, horror showman William Castle produced Roman Polanski’s highly regarded 1968 film of Levin’s book in an attempt to prove to Hollywood, and to moviegoers, that he could produce a “classy” horror movie. Best known for B-movies like THE TINGLER (1959) and HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958), among others, Castle yearned for respectability. The drive-in fare he produced (complete with gimmicks such as wiring theater seats for electricity in order to “shock” viewers as he did with Tingler) were moneymakers, but Castle was never taken seriously as a filmmaker.
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