When we talk about cult horror movies, we have to mention Vincent Price. There is probably no bigger horror “icon” or “legend” than him. He is the face of horror. Although he had many appearances in other genres, he’s specific voice, and his pencil mustache will always be symbols of horror. In this Halloween spirit, I decided to recommend you some of his most notable performances. Mr. Price was in the movie industry for seven decades, and choosing just a few movies out of almost 200 is rather hard, so I apologize in advance if I haven’t included some of your favorites.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
This movie can be considered a classic 50’s horror mystery. As an eccentric millionaire, Vincent Price invites five people to his party in the haunted house and tells that every person who stays until the morning gets $10 000, and that sets the ground for an interesting story. House on Haunted Hill will keep you on the edge of your seats with its dynamic plot, always anticipating the conclusion of some kind. The score is also great, it adds up to the spooky atmosphere which makes the film even more immersive.
The Fly (1959)
Vincent plays the brother of a scientist Andre Delambre who was found dead one night with his wife beside the body. As the story reveals itself, we find out that Andre was working on some sort of teleport. In one of the experiments he accidentally made himself half human half fly. But I don’t want to spoil too much, I’ll just say that Vincent is not a villain in this movie, whatsoever he fills the last scene with a great speech about seeking for truth. This cult classic of the 50s science fiction horror is more dramatic than horrific and full of suspense.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
This is, without a doubt, my favorite performance by Vincent Price. He carried out the role of classic horror villain perfectly, everything is in its right place and he left nothing to be desired. The spookiest thing in this movie is the fact that you hear his compelling, raspy voice, but you don’t see the mouth moving. As far as plot goes, it’s pretty classic, Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) decides to kill the nine doctors who he holds responsible for the death of his wife, and he does it in pretty creative ways.
The Raven (1963)
From today’s perspective, this film is inevitable when listing Prices’s cult movies. Firstly because of the significance and cult status of the Edgar Alan Poe’s poem in the horror culture, and secondly because of the iconic status of Vincent Price in the same culture. Now, this is not the only project based on Poe’s writing that features Vincent, and some would argue not the best one, but it is very important as it combines two of the most popular horror icons.
House of Usher (1960)
This is the story of the Usher family and their curse. Vincent and his sister are the only ones left and Vincent is determined to end the family line because of the evil they spread wherever they go. The trouble starts, when a young man comes to the house and asks Madeline Usher (Vincent’s sister) to leave the house and marry him. Forgive me for repeating myself but this is yet another classic horror movie. Again it is based on Poe’s work, which becomes evident after some time. It has all the qualities a classic horror story should have, and I really can’t put my admiration into words. All I can say is go and watch it. ASAP.