Vincent Price month

As some of you may or may not know, my favourite actor of all-time is Vincent Price. I have been thinking about him a lot lately. No, this is not going to become some shirtless Vinnie fan-boy masturbation post. I want (if you want) everyone who contributes here to pick a VP film and review it over the next month. I posted a brief musing on The Abominable Dr. Phibes (coincidentally as a lead-up to Valentine's Day) way back, so that's out, but anything else is fair game. It doesn't have to be a starring role, but the review should focus on VP in the film. What say you? I've got a few of the gothic/Poe horrors we don't have at the Buff, if anyone wants to do those (The Oblong Box, Scream and Scream Again, The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum), not to mention the (at least) dozen we have between the shops. Claim your film in the comments, if you're interested. If not, I'll probably just watch and review them all myself. I've got mad love for Vinnie. Did you know Vincent Price was in The Ten Commandments? I didn't... In the meantime:


La Sporgenza said...

While you have picked some greats from much later in Price's career Coelandthegang, you've missed at least a half a dozen terrific films he did in earlier days. Price didn't come to horror until nearly 15 years after his start in Hollywood. In these early roles he often played semi-effeminate and wealthy pretty-boys. Starting with Otto Preminger's Laura in 1944 (arguably his breakout film), he was in a string of excellent noirish crime films. His run from 1945 to 1953 included Leave Her to Heaven, Dragonwyck, The Web, Shock, The Long Night, The Bribe, Rogue's Regiment, His Kind of Woman and The Las Vegas Story. He established himself as one of the premier character actors of this period relying less on the slightly hammy acting style he adopted from The House of Wax onward. From this earlier period, The Web and The Bribe are my favourites. He's excellent in both.

the coelacanth said...

funny you bring this up, because in an earlier draft of this post, i paired each person on here with a suggested film to review - yours was laura, and i had dragonwyck for tom. both, as you say, are excellent. the middle-career slightly hammy acting is why i love him. but that won't stop me from reviewing the whales of august (if i can find it). i haven't seen the web or the bribe - are either at the FBW, or are they strictly BV stuff? and if so, can i borrow?

Dropkick said...

what about for me?
what about the baron of arizona?
i haven't seen it. But he looks amazing on the cover.
my fave Price so far would have to either be the first half of Last Man on Earth
or Theater of Blood. I loved that flick.

the coelacanth said...

baron of arizona is wonderful. do that or perhaps madhouse (on the same disc as theatre of blood), a pretty dark and trippy descent into madness that was also the inspiration for my halloween costume for the past two years.

Dropkick said...

come now coelacanth,
why would i watch one film off the double feature and not the other?
that would be pointless now, wouldn't it?
madhouse is fantastic as well. but it didn't give me the goose bumps that theatre did when Price killed a new victim in some sort of Shakespearean homage.
overall mad house is the better film.
it's almost surreal at times.
while theatre is more of the macabre.
hmm, i will NOT do tales of terror however. that wasn't all that fun... cept for vincent