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April 04, 2005

vincent price

I don't believe that old vince got the credit he deserved during his acting career. Yeah, he did a lot of those grade-B Hammer films, but he was outstanding in every one of them. When I was a kid going to the Avon Theater to see a double-feature, I just KNEW that the movies would be scary if they starred Vincent Price.

He had the voice to do Shakespeare, but the face to play a vampire, Dr. Frankenstein or a complete voodoo madman. He was good.

I think he made a lot of money doing that kind of work and I hope he did. He scared the shit out of my young ass many a time.

I wax nostalgic. I just watched him in an old movie on Showtime, where he ressurected a mummy that then went on a killing rampage. He finally had to destroy his own creation and burn himself up in the process. Vintage Vincent Price.

I miss the old guy.

Comments

Alright...another Vincent Price FAN! I agree with you I don't think he ever got the recognition he deserved! He was an incredible actor! My Mom got me hooked on his movies when I was younger and I still love to catch them when I can!

There was just something about him....just the sound of his voice could send a chill up your spine!

Posted by: Wendi on April 4, 2005 01:11 PM

The House of the Seven Gables.........I still won`t watch it with the lights off. I agree ol Vincient was a consumate professional

Posted by: arathorn on April 4, 2005 02:01 PM

Actually, in person VP was tall (I'd say 6'2"+) and very handsome, even when he was well in his 60s when I saw him. My friend and I saw him once years ago when we were in our teens, on a sidewalk walking in our direction, and she was all "OHMYGADTHATSVINCENTPRICE!!!"-like, but we decided to calm down, and smiled politely trying to be cool. When he walked by us, though, with this big smile he said, "Good morning, girls" in that Vincent Prince voice of his with a glint in his eyes; he made a fan out of me.

Posted by: Fausta on April 4, 2005 02:16 PM

I still love "The Tingler".

Posted by: DaneBramage on April 4, 2005 02:22 PM

My favorite Vincent Price flick was "Laura", followed by "The Fly". My better half loves the Dr Phibes series. And yeppers, all his Hammer films are fun to watch. The man did have one of the best voices in Hollywood. And from what I have read about him over the years, was a kind, humorous, and gentle man. One of the greats.

Posted by: Guy S. on April 4, 2005 02:47 PM

Gee.

Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in "The Raven."

Vince: "Tell me, shall I ever see the lost Lenore?''

Quoth the Raven: "How the hell should I know?"

Also, Price and Red Skelton in that Freddy the Freeloader Christmas Special.. So tender and touching.

Price did so much more than just play the scary guy, but o what a scary guy he could play. That handsome face and that smooth whisky voice.

sigh. That don't make 'em like that anymore. Just give me Vincent Price, James Mason, and a couple million bucks, and some chocolate. What more could a girl want? Well, if Price and Mason were alive and all that, of course.

Posted by: Persnickety on April 4, 2005 03:40 PM

He sure knew how to scare the pants off me!
Of course I loved every minute of it and I was very sad to see him go.

Posted by: Princess Cat on April 4, 2005 03:43 PM

Rob

Three words - "Theatre of Blood"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070791/

Posted by: Rich on April 4, 2005 05:20 PM

Snappy dresser, too. In fact, the first gay looking/acting guy who wasn't, to my knowledge. The Dr Phibes movies were my favorites too.

Posted by: og on April 4, 2005 07:49 PM

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. Christ, that scared me shitless as a kid. Zombies beating on his door every night, hunting them down during the day and throwing them in a burning pit. Yeah.

Vince had the best British accent for a St. Louis boy I ever heard.

Posted by: Velociman on April 4, 2005 08:12 PM

I can't think of a single favorite by Price. I loved them all.
I remember watching him at an award show (I don't remember if it was the Oscars or not) just before he died. They taped his segment at his home because of his declining health. Even so close to the end, he had class and dignity.
They don't make them like that any more.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on April 4, 2005 10:09 PM

Acid, Vincent did make a lot of money making those movies and never appologized for it. And if anyone asked him, he would point blank tell them he made the movies to fund his passion for fine art. His collection of paintings as superb, I think it included a number of picasso's and a Van Gogh or two.

He was also a well regarded gourmet chef, with a couple of cookbooks he wrote with his wife.

My sister named her dog Vincent after him and van gogh.

Posted by: Mythilt on April 5, 2005 12:14 AM

Remember the track he did on Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" album?

Perfect.

Posted by: Gramps on April 5, 2005 09:46 AM

The voice-over in "Thriller" was close to his last outing.

Posted by: emdfl on April 5, 2005 02:44 PM

There is no accounting for taste.

Posted by: Brett on April 6, 2005 11:37 AM

We met him onetime on vacation. I took my kids over and told them, that he'd scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid. He looked at me and said, " well I didn't stunt your growth much did I?" Cracked me up.

When we got home my kids (about 5 and 6 yr olds) wrote him a nice letter and mailed it to Vincent Price, Famous Actor, Hollywood, Calif.
A couple months later they got a nice autographed photo of him. That was great.

Posted by: lg on April 8, 2005 08:54 PM
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