Happy 100th Birthday to Vincent Price!
by Marc Patterson
Happy Birthday Vincent Price! Today would have been 100 years for the “Crowned Prince of Horror”. In honor of the momentous occasion we’re celebrating with a trip down memory lane, taking a look at some of those films from Mr. Price that have us fondly reminiscing and remembering this master of horror. These are the films we can turn to again and again when we need a good old dose of classic horror, the way they don’t do it anymore.
One thing that always struck me about Vincent Price was his easy going demeanor and effortless way he brought his characters to life. No matter what the role called for he seemed to pull it off in a natural way, as though he wasn’t trying, no doubt a side effect of his background training in stage theater. He could be mean-spirited and sinister or comically playful, sometimes in the same breath.
My earliest memory of Vincent Price (if I’m to be honest) would have to date back to the Muppet Show. For anyone of my generation this vaudevillian variety show introduced us to an array of actors, performers and artists we would eventually grow up to love on a whole new level. I remember seeing Alice Cooper, Mark Hamill, and many others appear on this show well before I was old enough to appreciate them on an adult level. Vincent Price’s guest appearance always stuck with me. It was my first real introduction to horror – the monsters, vampires, ghouls and the things that lurk in the shadows. To have had that introduction by a man as Vincent Price really set a tone for the years to come and for many years Vincent Price and horror were synonymous terms. When I finally started watching horror films it would be House on Haunted Hill that re-introduced Price to me, a film that I hold near and dear to this day.
So, today on his 100th birthday, we celebrate this master of the macabre. Please take a chance to check out our wonderful features, and join in the conversation by telling us about your favorite Vincent Price film, or moment, and take the opportunity to give it another viewing!
Here’s to you Mr. Price!
A Slash & Dine Toast to Vincent Price – by Nicole Mikuzis and Megan Owens – Vincent Price was one of a kind. Truly a horror icon, he could scare us and make us laugh all in the same breath. We could go on for days about the films he appeared in that have become some of the world’s finest work in movie history, but since it’s all about Vincent Price right now on Brutal As Hell, we want to show you another side of the legend. The man loved food. He was raised with…. (read full article)
Annie Riordan on ‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes – by Annie Riordan – It was, like, really hard and stuff, trying to pick just ONE Vincent Price movie as a personal fave. For a few tough minutes there, it seemed like House Of Wax might win the race, with Masque of the Red Death coming in as a photo-finish close second. But ultimately, Phibes won out for purely aesthetic reasons: never has there ever been a more successful combination of Art Deco 1920s crushed… (read full article)
Keri O’ Shea on ‘Witchfinder General’ – East Anglia, England. The year is 1645 and the English Civil War is raging, as armies loyal to the King battle with Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army. Times are uncertain; the men are hungry, tired and ill-equipped, not to mention finding themselves in flux, fighting against former neighbours, leaving their old communities. Their preoccupation and absence feeds into feelings of desperation and fear in those they leave… (read full article)
The Excessive Decadence of ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ – by Nia Edwards-Behi – I am a great fan of sensuous films. The Roger Corman/Vincent Price collaborations are often sensual overloads, colour and sound coming together in garish smorgasbords of undefined historical and national settings. One of my favourite Vincent Price films is House of Usher, which sees Price portray a character who is acutely sensitive; to touch, to sound, to smells… (read full article)
Play At Your Own Risk: From A Whisper to a Scream – by J.C. De Leon – This special edition of Play At Your Own Risk pays tribute to one of the most iconic figures in the entire horror genre. The incomparable Vincent Price. Today, May 27, 2011 Mr. Price would have been 100 years old. What better way to honor the legendary Vincent Price than to watch a Netflix film starring him that I’d never seen? Following the same principles I guide this column on… (read full article)
Marc Patterson on House on Haunted Hill – (coming later today!)