16 Days of Halloween!

Posted on October 15, 2010


WOOHOOO! Halloween is almost here! I LOVE Halloween–but I know y’all know that already.

What I’m going to do for the rest of the month is share some of my ALL TIME favorite flicks.

First up we’re going to be celebrating my FAVORITE actor Mr. Vincent Price.

Mr. Price was one of the GREATEST things to come out of St. Louis. He had a voice, a face, a very persona that exemplified horror.

Born Vincent Leonard Price II on May 27, 1911, Mr. Price was born from a family that was established in the baking community—his grandfather had made the family fortune by inventing Dr. Price’s Baking Powder—the first cream of tartar baking powder. Mr. Price attended St. Louis Country Day School, then attended Yale where he studied art history and fine art. He didn’t become interested in theater until the 30s when he first took the stage in 1935.

While known for his horror genre, Mr. Price played in several movies from the comedy of Service de Luxe, to the thriller Laura. His first horror film was alongside another horror veteran Boris Karloff in the 1939 spine chiller Tower of London. In radio he was active in the serial Simon Templar—voicing the Robin Hood inspired hero.

The 50s and 60s were a banner year for horror films and Mr. Price flourished. He played everything from frightening mad men to seriocomedic spoofs. Mr. Price continued to work in everything from voice characterizations in Walt Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective, worked in a rap for Michael Jackson’s video Thriller, he also did voice characterizations in Scooby Doo cartoons as Vincent Von Ghoul.

In addition to painting, voice and film acting, Mr. Price was a chef. He wrote several cookbooks as well as once appeared on Johnny Carson where he showed how to poach a fish in a dishwasher!

Because of Parkinson’s Disease and emphasema, Mr. Price’s role in the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie Edward Scissorhands was smaller than originally envisioned. Hollywood and the world lost one of its brightest shining stars on October 25, 1993.

Here are some of my favorite Price films of all times.

1. The invisible Man Returns:

2. The Tingler

3. The House of Wax

4. Pit and the Pendulum

5. Diary of a Mad Man

6. The Raven

7. The Comedy of Terrors

8. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

9. The Abominable Dr. Phibes

10. Witchfinder General

What are some of your favorite Vincent Price flicks?

Have a GREAT day and I’ll see y’all soon!