The last big gimmick of William Castle’s Golden Era was The Punishment Poll, where the audience ostensibly decided the fate of the rictus-faced heavy. It’s cheap, lurid and sensationalistic all the way, but Ray Russell’s source novel was a step up from the usual Castle material and the picture has remained a fan favorite.
About Stuart Gordon
Writer/director Stuart Gordon has returned to the world of live theater with his recent productions of Nevermore starring his old friend Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe, and Re-Animator The Musical (the title says it all.) Next year he will be producing and directing Taste, a play based on the true life story of the man who put a help-wanted ad on the internet for someone he could kill and eat.