Friday, May 27, 2011

Homage to a Horror Legend

One hundred years ago on this very day (May 27) in St.Louis Missouri a horror legend was born. Nicknamed the Merchant of Menace this man was greatly responsible for most of my nightmares as a child and was also the one who introduced me to the horror genre and got me so addicted to it.

The legend I speak of is none other than: 

Vincent Price made his first movie debut in 1938 he played in many minor movie roles but his first success was in the movie The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) which i think was such a great gothic,eerie and well directed movie. He played in many more movies but i think my top two would be:

1. House on the Haunted Hill(1959)

2.House of Wax(1953)
I absolutely loved both movies but i have to say the house of wax remake with Paris Hilton was a big BLUNDER even though i did secretly enjoy watching Paris get killed and admit rewinding that scene a couple of times, like i always say just stick to the classics i mean there that for a reason!

In any-case Price was well known for his distinct, eerie and low-pitched voice. Which is why he was picked to be the voice in Michael Jackson's worldwide known song "Thriller", the song already was pretty scary in itself but I think Vincent Price's voice  and laugh at the end of the song put it over the edge.

Although I only picked two of his movies as my all time favorites I believe ALL of his movies are wonderful cinematic creations and if you haven't watched a Vincent Price movie yet then i suggest you come out from under that rock and do so because these movies are the ones that have propelled the Horror genre to what it is today.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCENT PRICE and May your Soul Rest in Eternal Peace!

Here is a goodie list of some Vincent Price movies to check out:
  1. The House of a 1000 dolls
  2. The Last Man on Earth (1964)
  3. The Abominal Dr.Phibes (1971)
  4. Blood bath at the House of Death (1983)
  5. Return of the fly (1959)
  6. The Haunted Palace (1963)
  7. Spirits of the dead (1968)
  8. Scream and Scream again (1969)
  9. Edward Scissorhands (1993)
  10. The Story of mankind (1957)
There are of course far to many to mention all at once but if you find the time please do check at least one movie out. Also if you have any, what are your favorite memories of Vincent Price and which Vincent Price movie do you love the most?

Love,Peace and Sugar-coated hugs