Well, I can't exactly interview Vincent Price, but I wanted to dedicate a post to him, as he's a BIG part of all that embodies these 13 Horrifically Silly Days of Halloween -- he was the classiest Master of Horror on the silver screen, and it's in large part due to the films he was a part of, the films he MADE, that I am the horror, horror-comedy and B-movie fan that I am. See my (our!) Facebook Live promo for this post HERE...
The Edgar Allan Poe cycle of films that Mr. Price starred in for director and producer Roger Corman are my most favourite films, and I recommend them ALL...
From the official Vincent Price website:
A cultured and debonair star with a mellifluous voice, actor Vincent Price developed a reputation portraying campy villains in a number of horror films. Though he began his career on the British stage, Price made his name as a supporting character player in noirs like "Laura" (1944), "The Long Night" (1947) and "The Bribe" (1949) before becoming inextricably tied to horror, thanks to his turn as the vengeance seeking wax sculptor in the classic "House of Wax" (1953). From there, he solidified his standing with "The Mad Magician" (1954) before appearing in mainstream studio fare like "While the City Sleeps" (1956) and "The Ten Commandments" (1956). After earning cult status with "The Fly" (1958) and its sequel "Return of the Fly" (1959), Price began a collaboration with low-budget producer Roger Corman on a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, including "House of Usher" (1960), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), and "The Raven" (1963). He hit a career low point with a pair of overly-campy James Bond spoofs, while revealing his role as the arch villain Egghead on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Price wound down his career in the next decades using his distinctive voice in a number of projects, most notably Tim Burton's stop-motion short "Vincent" (1982) and Michael Jackson's seminal music video, "Thriller" (1983). Price made his final film appearance in Burton's fantastical "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), before succumbing to lung cancer in 1993 and leaving behind a legacy forever entwined with the horror genre...read more HERE
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And below, I've gathered a number of movie poster images of just a few of the films starring Vincent Price...
In the days leading up to Halloween last year, I wrote about a few Vincent Price films:
House of Wax, 1953 - A 3-D horror movie about a wax figure sculptor, betrayed by his first business partner who burns down his wax museum, and the sculptor with it, who rises from the ashes, as it were, starts a new wax museum by covering corpses in wax (as he can no longer sculpt). This movie is actually a remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). Some purposely comedic moments as well as other moments where the filmmakers were clearly having fun with the newish 3-D technology, which ends up unintentionally hilarious when you're watching it as a "regular movie" nowadays.
Theatre of Blood, 1973 - And 20 years later, we have this comic horror romp! Classical Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart gets vengeance against his critics in multiple theatrical ways...I won't spoil it, it's just too good! Also stars Diana Rigg as his daughter.
The Raven, 1963 - I discussed this at length on my second, recent FB live, so here's what I said, basically: The Raven is often parceled on DVD with another horror-comedy called The Comedy of Terrors, which I don’t like nearly as much. The Raven is a true horror comedy B-movie. Richard Matheson wrote the script around the Poe poem The Raven, of course having to add a whole story around the concept of a Raven flying into a room. It stars Vincent Price, BORIS KARLOFF and JACK NICHOLSON!!!...who both also shot The Terror with Corman. Back to The Raven, PETER LORRE also starred, along with Hazel Court—she also shot Masque of the Red Death and Premature Burial with Corman, but those of you who enjoy other horror films from the 60s (including Hammer productions, I believe) are probably familiar with her. The Raven premise? Dueling wizards—one good (Vincent), one evil (Boris) and one bumbling (Peter). Highly recommended for a silly good time, you’ll feel like you’re at a drive-in movie circa 1963.
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