The House of Horrors Salutes Vincent Price

When you go and examine the royal family of the horror, those actors and actresses that not only help to establish the genre, but set the standards by which we judge it, Vincent Price would be at the top of the list.  My memories of the Vincent Price echo back to the beginning days of my metamorphism into a horror fan and hardly would  a  Saturday afternoons go by without my weekly injection of such classic horror TV as  "Creature Double Feature" or "Dr. Shock".  On many occasions, the "Kings of Horror" (Price, Cushing, Lee, Lugosi, Chaney, and Karloff) would serve as guides propelling me down a path of never-ending nightmares and it was through them that the very essence of my addiction was born. For without them, I and probably even you would not be where we are today.  Long live these "Masters of the Macabre"!!!!

At the center of these wonderful memories and terrifying dreams was Vincent Price. Oh, the joy that was anticipation I felt when I watch one of his film. Although he more often than not played the villain, I never found myself rooting against him. He approached his craft much in the same way he approached his character with  intelligence and charm, rather than force or fear.  He was the thinking man's epitome of evil and if life had dealt me a hand of walking on the dark side, I most certainly would have modeled myself after the abominable Dr. Phibes or  Fredrick Loren in the "House on Haunted Hill".  

During the early to mid-60's when Hammer ruled the horror scene with its' classic remakes of "Frankenstein", "Dracula", and "The Mummy" over here in the States, Roger  Corman, Samuel Arkoff, and AIP began dabbling in the works of Edgar Allen Poe.  With Gothic horror at a all-time high, the trick was trying to find someone who could bring to life the power of Poe's writing.  It hadn't been since the early years of Lugosi and Karloff that Hollywood felt secure and confidence enough to undertake a journey into  the world of Poe, so  Price was brought to helm the leads in many of these classic retellings.  For those looking for a dose of Poe ala Vincent Price, I highly recommend "The Fall of the House of Usher", The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Raven", and the "Witchfinder General". 

There probably aren't any Price films I wouldn't recommend to visitors of my site, although my foray into his full catalog of work is limited to the horror entries, but that more than enough tasty morsel to keep any budding Price fan busy for a while.  Those looking for a place to starting point, whether you are a new fan or a golden oldie like myself, I would recommend each of the film pictured below (we do have full reviews of them, just click on the box cover), as well as, "The Tingler", "Theater of Blood", "The Fly","The House of Wax, and " Witchfinder General (aka "The Conqueror Worm)", just to name a few.  So be on you way into the magically world of Vincent Price. 

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Checkout our coverage of these great Price films 

Vincent Price's Bio                                                   Vincent Price's Filmography 


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