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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vincent Price a nation turns its lonely eyes to you

By Alan Forsythe

We're coming up on the 100th anniversary of the king of the B movies birthday, Vincent Price (May 27, 1911), so it seems appropriate to look back at one of the horror movie greats.
Although he played the lead in the Invisible Man in 1940 he didn't really jump into B movie horror flicks until the 1950s and 60s. He did have a fairly successful conventional career in many film noire thrillers up until then. But most people remember Price, and his distinctive voice, from his B movie days (or more likely from the voice over on Michael Jackson's Thriller).
Actually Thriller wasn't Price's first foray into pop music, so to speak, he (much more appropriately) performed a voice over on Alice Cooper's first album, Welcome to my Nightmare.
Just the same Price hit his horror high point with a series of films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe from 1960 - 68 produced Roger Corman (Price and Corman that was a match made in B movie heaven).
Price also played a villain on the Batman TV series, the campiest show ever allowed on U.S network television. Sadly however Price never played a vampire.

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