Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a 1999 American dark comedy thriller film and the directing debut of the film's screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The film follows a trio of seniors who must prove their innocence to their vindictive history teacher, who accuses them of cheating their exams. Williamson originally shelved the script, before the success of his later projects, including Dawson's Creek, Scream, and its sequel. Following this, the script was eventually picked up.
The film stars Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, Barry Watson, and Jeffrey Tambor and was released on August 20, 1999. It was originally titled Killing Mrs. Tingle, but was delayed and re-titled due to the uproar over teen violence in films after the Columbine High School massacre. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb. It has since gained a small cult following.