Monday, July 18, 2011

Fan-Boy Icon #49 - Vincent Price

You know, we discuss a lot of awesome people here (at least I think so), but for my money no one compares to Vincent Price. Sure, his contemporaries Lugosi, Karloff, Lorre, and later day similes Lee and Cushing all have their own brand of awesome, but Price is one of a kind.

If you have never seen a Vincent Price film, well, I don't know what to say. His film career spanned the years 1938 to 1993 (the year of his death). He has done everything. He was a film noir heavy, he did beach movies, comedies, television, and of course horror. I would argue that Vincent Price is more important to horror than any other figure.

One of my favorite stories about Price comes from Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. As I understand it Burton was a huge fan of Price, and wanted him in the film. The part was small, but at 79 years of age the actor was having some difficulty. Apparently the producers were upset about the extra time Price was adding to production and wanted him replaced. Burton refused, threatening to leave the film if the studio forced his hand.

The scene from Edward Scissorhands. Price comes in around the 2:40 mark.



The wild and weird Dr. Phibes:



Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine



I kind of enjoy this. Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live does occasional Vincent Price TV specials that never existed.

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