Have I mentioned that I love Vincent Price? Have I mentioned that I can do a pretty good impression of him (and Christopher Lee as well, for that matter)? Have I mentioned that I sometimes pretend that he’s my husband and that he sometimes lets me borrow his awesome smoking jackets?
1. House on Haunted Hill – Frederick Loren
I admit, I would happily be Loren’s fourth wife, in spite of the ‘mysterious disappearance’ of the first three
2. The Last Man on Earth – Dr. Robert Morgan
Price gives an emotionally raw performance as the lone survivor of a plague that has turned the rest of humanity into the walking dead.
3. The Abominable Doctor Phibes – Dr. Anton Phibes
I admit, my favourite Price roles are the ones where he gets to ham it up to the extent of his abilities, and this is a prime example.
4. House of Wax – Professor Henry Jarrod
The role that secured Price’s place as a horror icon.
5. The Fall of the House of Usher – Roderick Usher
I love the Poe series he did with Roger Corman. He gets some fantastic outfits in this one as well.
6. Witchfinder General – Matthew Hopkins
A dark role as the evil Matthew Hopkins (if you enjoy the grim performance, check out Cry of the Banshee where Price plays a similar character).
7. The Pit and the Pendulum – Nicholas Medina
Another Poe film – Price plays a man haunted by the death of his wife and doomed to repeat the sins of his forebears.
8. The Tingler – Dr. Warren Chapin
William Castle has been described as the P T Barnum of cinema – when this played in theatres he electrocuted some of the seats so audience members would get little shocks when the tingler was ‘released’.
9. The Comedy of Terrors – Waldo Trumbull
Vincent Price plays a nefarious undertaker and gets to team up with Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and an elderly Boris Karloff.
10. The Bat – Dr Malcolm Wells
Price plays an immoral doctor who may or may not be ‘The Bat’ – a mysterious serial killer targeting a small town.