Vincent Price marathon suggestions
October 2, 2019 3:19 PM   Subscribe

Give my your top picks for a Vincent Price marathon. These do not all have to be in the horror genre, but it's hard to hear that voice without a shiver!
posted by TrishaU to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Theatre of Blood!
posted by j_curiouser at 3:24 PM on October 2, 2019 [4 favorites]


The House on Haunted Hill is a great spooky mansion movie, and it’s on both Prime and Kanopy.
posted by Alexandra Michelle at 3:25 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


The Pit and the Pendulum is a must-do. Edgar Allan Poe plus Vincent Price FTW.

Also, The Oblong Box. I mean, the IMDB description sells it:

Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:32 PM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


The Raven! Such a camp classic, and one of Jack Nicholson's first roles. Peter Lorre as a raven? Genius!
posted by ninazer0 at 3:39 PM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


The Raven (1963 horror-comedy)

Also, if you can find episodes of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein those could be fun little additions to your lineup. VP isn't in the episodes but he does the intro. And the show itself is just weird and fun.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 3:44 PM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


Seconding Theater of Blood and House on Haunted Hill!
posted by acidnova at 3:45 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


I lied... VP does intros for each sketch throughout the episode I linked.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 3:50 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


House of wax!
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:55 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


Laura, although he's only a supporting character.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:00 PM on October 2, 2019 [8 favorites]


Oh yeah, and The Tingler! That's a really fun movie.

Also The Fly and Return of the Fly.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:06 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Seconding Laura. He's so good in it.
posted by zorseshoes at 4:13 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


between movies show snl's vincent price halloween specials
posted by zippy at 4:22 PM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


Dr. Phibes. You need that seventies aesthetic and vibe that is not afraid of embracing its fashion vision.
posted by jadepearl at 4:25 PM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


Seconding The Tingler and The Abominable Dr Phibes. I will also put in a plug for Haunted Palace - you wanted to watch Mr Price play both the protagonist and the villain, right? - and The Masque of the Red Death.
posted by darchildre at 4:33 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


Also, if you can find episodes of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein those could be fun little additions to your lineup.

Yes!!!

Some background:

Vincent Price starred in introductions for the show's various segments. Price, who was attracted to the project because he wanted to do something for kids, filmed all of his nearly 400 segments in four days for a fee of $13,000.

There are quite a few clip compilations and full episodes floating around online.

There's also what appears to be a full YouTube version of the hour-long 1974 Horror Hall of Fame - hosted by Vincent Price:

In 1974 Vincent Price hosted the Horror Hall of Fame, a light hearted and fun-filled look at horror movies through the years. Price's assistant was a hunchback named Zuckman, played by none other than Billy Van, the host of the Hilarious House of Frightenstein, a Canadian horror host program in which Price also appeared.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:48 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


Hilarious House of Frightenstein

CraveTV (Canadian VOD service with a lot of HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and Starz programming because media consolidation is an even bigger joke here) has Frightenstein, which was almost enough to get me to sign up.

Vincent Price starred in The Last Man on Earth, the first - and IMO best! - adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. Matheson worked on the script, which is pretty faithful. It's in the public domain and can be found in a whole bunch of places.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 5:09 PM on October 2, 2019 [4 favorites]


If you're watching Laura, then you have to watch Leave Her to Heaven.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:28 PM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


Last Man on Earth, noir thriller based on on the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Wonderful voice over.
posted by Freedomboy at 5:40 PM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


Wtchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm).

Plussing Laura.

I always had a soft spot for The Pit and the Pendulum, The House of Wax, and the Dr Phibes movies.
posted by 2N2222 at 5:44 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]




OK, OK, OK, OK, OK. Okaaay!

We could be here a loooong time! Vincent Price is pretty much my favorite actor, living, dead, or otherwise. Basically, Tim Burton's Vincent could have been about me as a child. My two tenuous degrees of separation make me giggle like a schoolgirl and cackle like a madwoman.

So, here's the thing. I could write you a long list of my favorite Vincent movies. I could cut a shorter list of the most approachable movies for someone who isn't a genre buff or immersed in 1930's-1980's culture. And maybe I still will; I may not be able to hold back.

But the beautiful thing is, Vincent Price is one of those rare actors who transcends and elevates whatever material he's in. Just plug his name into your streaming service, choose a movie, and let yourself sink into it and enjoy it. I 100% guarantee you he enjoyed making it, and that will shine on the screen.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:16 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


But okay, okay, okay. If you want to explore that moment where Vincent Price became "Vincent Price," you want the Gothic romance Dragonwyck and the Phantom-of-the-Opera style thriller House of Wax. Follow those up with the William Castle collaborations The House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler.

The Tingler is more standard William Castle fare, with one of the in-theater "special effects" designed to encourage the audience to scream. There's a moment where Vincent's character seems to be breaking the fourth wall and saying, "Scream!" to the audience. I recently saw it at an all-night drive-in horror festival, and let me tell you, there's nothing like the moment when a field full of vintage horror fans sticks their heads out their windows and obliges Vincent Price's command to scream to the midnight sky!
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:28 PM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


Have read the thread and am also throwing in for Laura. Laura and Dragonwyck have given me many a great late-night insomniac double feature. Gene Tierney is luminous in both. And the music in Laura is just haunting.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:05 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Ok here's my lists:

Horror themed - Theater of Blood (1973), Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Histoires extraordinaires (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), Masque of the Red Death (1964), House of Usher (1960), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Fly (1958), House of Wax (1953).

Film Noir themed - Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Web (1947), The Long Night (1947), The Bribe (1949), His Kind of Woman (1951), While the City Sleeps (1956).

He's good in everything though. You can't lose. Even his cook book and his radio shows!
posted by Ashwagandha at 9:22 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


You might be amused by his guest appearance on a 1958 episode of a radio drama called “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar”. It’s a mostly humorous piece, where he stars — as himself! — assisting an insurance investigator in the recovery of a stolen painting.

YouTube link
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 10:07 PM on October 2, 2019


I am not The Underpants Monster, nor do I play them on Halloween, but I do appreciate a good Vincent Price... or any Vincent Price!
My current go-to collection includes The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), The Fly (1958) -- sorry, Jeff Goldblum! You come in a close second -- and House of Wax (1953). These aren't the only ones I enjoy. These are the ones that consistently rise to the top of an amazing body of work.
I am going to enjoy checking out this list. Keep 'em coming!
posted by TrishaU at 9:35 AM on October 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


Doctor Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is ridiculous as it sounds, but the closing chase, shot on location in 1960's San Francisco, is worth the price of admission. And theme song bythe Supremes!
posted by Gortuk at 10:04 AM on October 3, 2019 [2 favorites]


I am not The Underpants Monster, nor do I play them on Halloween, but I do appreciate a good Vincent Price... or any Vincent Price!

I hope it didn't come off like I was claiming to be The Internet's Foremost Expert On Vincent Price, because I would really hate to be That Person, and I sincerely apologize if I did.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:17 AM on October 4, 2019


Edward Scissorhands- unfortunately Price was to play a much bigger role in the film, but had to cut back his scenes due to ill health.
posted by freethefeet at 4:25 AM on October 5, 2019 [1 favorite]


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