Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday, Vincent Price!

34 years ago today, Johnny Rotten wrote "God Save the Queen". 89 years ago, Hammer/Amicus horror mainstay - and star of Horror Of Dracula - Christopher Lee was born. And today is also the 100th birthday of Vincent Price.

While I don't have a clip of Vincent, the master of chilling character roles, singing "Anarchy In The U.K." with The Sex Pistols or cracking jokes on the set with Christopher Lee, unfortunately, this blog presents the next best thing: the following inspired animated tribute by soon-to-be feature film director Tim Burton, who would feature Vincent Price ten years later in the splendid film Edward Scissorhands.

The ten-day Vincentennial festival presented by Cinema St. Louis has been offering a veritable Plethora O' Price.

The bonanza for Missouri movie mavens includes such classic Vincent Price chillers as The Fly, House Of Usher, The Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, The Tomb Of Ligeia, The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Theatre Of Blood.

Quite a few intrepid bloggers have penned scholarly tributes to the post-Lon-Boris-Bela classic horror movie king. Particularly noteworthy are:

I personally enjoyed the following deftly edited compendium of chiller-diller Vincent Price moments a great deal.

And I can't resist the clip from The Monster Club (1980) of Vincent, a few years before his soliloquy in Michael Jackson's Thriller, waxing poetic about the foibles of humanity and then singing "The Monster Mash."

Also can't resist the inevitable freakin' slew of trailers from Vincent Price's AIP backlog, ranging from William Castle chillers to (the very Outer Limits-like) The Last Man On Earth to his roles as evil incarnate in The Masque Of The Red Death and The Witchfinder General - and ultra-campy comedies!

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