Monday, October 5, 2009

Icons of Horror: Vincent Price

Despite his long dramatic film career, Vincent Price was best known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made primarily during the latter part of his motion picture career. Price was also a noted gourmet cook and art collector.

His resume of memorable horror roles includes classics such as Tower of London, The Invisible Man Returns, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (voice only), House of Wax, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, Return of the Fly, House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Raven, Diary of a Madman, The Haunted Palace, Twice-Told Tales, The Comedy of Terrors, The Last Man on Earth, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia, The Oblong Box, Scream and Scream Again, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Theatre of Blood and House of the Long Shadows.

Price also provided voicework on the Hanna-Barbera animated series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo as the mysterious Vincent Van Ghoul and as Professor Ratigan in Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (one of his favorite roles). He often favorably commented on his recurring role as the villain Egghead on the 1960's television series, Batman and Price earned additional acclaim after recording a popular rap segment for Michael Jackson's multi-platinum album,Thriller. Vincent Price made his final movie appearance in 1990 as the inventor in Edward Scissorhands.

He died of lung cancer on October 25, 1993. Painting [above] by Daniel R. Horne.

1 comment:

Sam said...

That's a beautiful painting of the late great Mr. Price. Love it.