Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Vincent Price

Vincent Leonard Price (Born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 27, 1911) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic performances in a series of classic horror films made in the latter part of his career.

Despite his lasting association with the world of horror, Price started out as a character actor. He made his film debut in 1938 with Service de Luxe and established himself in the film Laura (1944), opposite Gene Tierney, directed by Otto Preminger.

Price's first venture into the horror genre was as the title character in the film The Invisible Man Returns (a role he reprised in a vocal cameo at the end of the 1948 horror-comedy spoof Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein).

In 1953 Price starred as Henry Jarrod in House of Wax (1953), the first 3-D film to land in the year's top ten at the North American box office. His next roles were The Mad Magician (1954), the monster movie The Fly (1958) and its sequel Return of the Fly (1959). He also starred in the original House on Haunted Hill (1959) as the eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren.

In the 1960s, Price had a number of low-budget successes with producer-director Roger Corman starting with House of Usher (1960), which earned over 2 million at the US box office and led to more Edgar Allan Poe adaptations including Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Tales of Terror (1962), The Raven (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and The Tomb of Ligeia (1965). He starred in The Last Man on Earth (1964), the first adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend. In 1968 he portrayed Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General (released in the US as The Conqueror Worm).

Vincent Price suffered from emphysema, a result of being a lifelong smoker, and Parkinson's disease; his symptoms were especially severe during the filming of Edward Scissorhands (1990), making it necessary to cut his filming schedule short. He died of lung cancer on October 25, 1993.

"I'll go on acting until I die. They will have to bury me before I retire, and even then, my tombstone will read: 'I'll be back.' "

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Laura (1944)

Shock (1946)

Dragonwyck (1946)

The Web (1947)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

The Bribe (1949)

The Bribe (1949) Belgian poster

The Baron of Arizona (1950)

House of Wax (1953)

House of Wax (1953) Italian poster

The Mad Magician (1954)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Fly (1958)

Return of the Fly (1959)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Tingler (1959)

The Bat (1959) Lobby Card

The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) UK poster

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Master of the World (1961)

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

Tales of Terror (1962) Spanish poster

Tower of London (1962)

Diary of a Madman (1963)

Twice-Told Tales (1963) French poster

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

The Raven (1963)

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

War-Gods of the Deep (1965 aka City Under the Sea)

DR. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

The Jackals (1967)

Witchfinder General (1968 US title The Conqueror Worm)

The Oblong Box (1969)

Cry of the Banshee (1970)

Scream and Scream Again (1970 Lobby Card

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) Italian poster

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theatre of Blood (1973)

Madhouse (1974)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

The Whales of August (1987)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Vincent Price (1911-1993)


  1. Not sure what happened to my comment....but I will try again...although this one will not be as good as the first one.

    I have only seen 9 of the movies you listed....including 6 since knowing this guy from England who likes Price. I have seen a 10th Price movie...Song of Bernadette.

    His career was long and impressive....I like the fact that he went out with a great movie like Edward Scissorhands. Another fine addition to your collection.

  2. Thanks for the comment Bruce, always appreciated amigo. I've seen nearly all the films on this page, I've been a Vincent Price fan for decades especially his horror output. Pit and the Pendulum is out on Blu-ray time to retire my DVD copy.