Since my earliest days, Vincent Price has been an important person in my life. As a wee lad, I would watch him introduce Mystery on PBS, and appear in The Muppet Show and others. As I grew older, I began to enjoy his work with Roger Corman and the like, as well as some of his late life screen appearances (Edward Scissorhands being a favorite). More recently, in the years since he passed, I’ve discovered his sometimes more serious work in early films, as well as his love of art and cooking. He remains one of my all time favorite actors, and one of the only celebrities I ever felt genuinely, deeply sad upon hearing of his death. I think the thing that always stuck with me was his attitude. He always seemed to be having fun. Today (May 27) marks the 103rd anniversary of his birth. I think I might raid the DVD wrack tonight for one of his films.
Five Favorite Vincent Price Films:
4. The Masque of the Red Death
3. More Dead than Alive
2. House on Haunted Hill
1. The Abominable Dr. Phibes