The unmistakable voice of Vincent Price haunted me more than once after watching the following movies. Also his eyes, or more specifically, his eyebrows, are the stuff that nightmares are made off.
Not only films, radio-shows and theater but also well known musicians featured the pinched sound of Price’s throat. But my first encounter with Vincent (Price) was a very different one.
Tim Burtons short film “Vincent” melancholically and beautifully told the story of a talented yet misunderstood boy longing to be somebody else. Someone darker, more sinister and famous than any 7-year-old can be. I could very much identify with that.
Next, I met Price in a media store around the corner when his piercing eyes looked at me from a cheap Edgar Allen Poe DVD-Box. Cheap but oh so impressive. I couln’t stop watching movies featuring those eyebrows and no matter how plain the story, or how bad the other actors, with Vincent in it, no time in front of the screen is wasted.
There is plenty of songs, parodies, hommages etc. honoring his memory… This a very personal pick of Vincent Price classics you shouldn’t miss:
House of Usher (1960)
“For hundreds of years evil deeds have been commited within these walls”. A story based on Edgar Allen Poes “The Fall of the House of Usher” (ca. 1840) that shows the desperate attempts to live a normal live even if you were born into a cursed Family.
The Raven (1963)
The most important and well-known Poem of the king of darkness freely interpreted into a film.
Tales of Terror (1962)
With the short stories “Morella”, “Black Cat” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” this trilogy is entertaining yet thrilling and unmerciful.
The Fly (1958)
A weird sci-fi tale of an experiment gone horribly wrong. (Isn’t it funny how Price breaks the “forth wall” by addressing the audience? What must have seemed revolutionary then, is totally cheezy today. Later it only really worked well as a kind of jinge in “The Twilight Zone”.)
House on Haunted Hill (1953)
House on Haunted Hill is your classic black and white haunted house story. Do you dare to stand a night with squeaking doors, mysterious pools of blood dripping from the ceiling and moving curtains? The ghosts are waiting.
House of Wax (1953)
Many of the Horror movies and series we know today have already been there in the past. “House Of Wax” was remade in 2005 and, as so many, didn’t meet the quality and the horror of the 1953 original.
Rather a gothic romance than anything horror. Still cool because Vincent.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)