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Halloween Vibes Starring Vincent Price

Second installment of a spooky seasonal series

By Leslie WritesPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - October 2023

Millennials might know him as the old guy who recited the spooky spoken word sequence at the end of Michael Jackson’s 1984 mega hit, Thriller. Here's a video of Price reciting the piece live on The Joan Rivers Show.

Some might have seen Bill Hader's hilariously accurate impersonation on Saturday night live. Film geeks and goth kids are probably familiar with his reputation as a classic horror movie icon, a contemporary of Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Boris Karloff (Frankenstein), and Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man). Vincent Price is a legend!

My husband (the real film geek) found a collection of films directed by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price on the Criterion Channel streaming service last month. I was skeptical at first, but I soon looked up from my social media scrolling to join in the fun. Corman and Price is a match made in camp horror heaven. These two ruled B-movie horror films in Hollywood from 1960 to 1964. Film critics and fans affectionately refer to this era as ‘The Corman-Poe Cycle.’

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My favorite of this collection might be The Raven, based on Edgar Allan Poe‘s poem of the same name. How, you may ask, can they turn a 108 line poem into a 90 minute film? Well, they didn’t! In the opening scene Price's character recites a few verses of the poem, but what follows is a bizarre battle of magicians with corny 60's special effects. It’s got Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and (surprise) a very young Jack Nicholson in tights! Have a few drinks and watch it with your friends or if you have kids, watch it with them. It's a real hoot!

This is my favorite review of 'The Raven' on

From watching this collection, one might get the impression that Victorians were obsessed with the thought of being buried alive. It makes sense because in the 1800’s they couldn’t just hook people up to an EKG machine as they lay dying. There was even a condition called catalepsy, that mimics the physical appearance of being dead. Catalepsy was featured in the aptly named Premature Burial.

Masque of the Red Death is another treasure. Price plays a rich asshole throwing a party while outside peasants die of the plague. This one definitely pushes the envelope for the early 60’s. You may find yourself pausing in the middle of the action to think, wow this is definitely someone’s kink.

These films were made after the establishment of ‘The Hays Code,’ a rigid set of rules dictating what you could and could not show on film. Clever filmmakers used coded inference to sneak certain elements into their films. It wasn’t until 1968 that the ‘Hays Code’ was replaced by the MPAA film rating system we know today.

My favorite review for 'Masque of the Red Death' on

These films are atmospheric with ornate period costumes and set design, basically a goth lovers dream, but at the same time they are the most ridiculous films you will ever witness. Perfect for Halloween! Price’s over-the-top performances steal every scene. From the oil painting exterior shots to the sound stage turned inquisition era torture dungeon in The Pit and the Pendulum, this is craftsmanship you just can’t get with a greenscreen.

Roger Corman would go on to direct a total of 56 film projects and appear in many others. In spite of the B status of Corman's films, he is well regarded in Hollywood and recipient of many awards.

Vincent Price appeared in and provided voice work for over 200 films and television shows. His last role in a feature film was the kind and gentle inventor in Edward Scissorhands. He passed away in 1993. He was 83 years old.


Wikipedia - Vincent Price

Wikipedia - Roger Corman

Wikipedia - Hays Code


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Leslie Writes

Another struggling millennial. Writing is my creative outlet and stress reliever.

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  • HandsomelouiiThePoet (Lonzo ward)2 months ago

    Awesome ✨ and Congratulations on your Top Story✌️🎉💯

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status!

  • Stephanie Hoogstad2 months ago

    I love these movies! They might be "B" movies, but they're among my absolute favorites. I almost never miss a Vincent Price movie marathon on TV (neither does my mom, who introduced me to his work). I couldn't believe it was Jack Nicholson the first time that I saw "The Raven", and "The Masque of the Red Death" is quite the head trip (especially if you've read Poe's original story first). "House of Usher" is up there for me, too. Thank you for sharing this review, and congrats on the Top Story!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    I'm so glad you mentioned the Micheal Jackson spot because whenever I hear the name Vincent Price I instantly think of that video. Congrats on your Top Story. I may have to chose one of these to watch.

  • Raymond G. Taylor2 months ago

    What a trip down memory lane and thanks for the review. Top story no doubt. Congrats

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Oh, yes! We Gen-Xers and my mom's Silent Generation folk have a lot of affection for Mr. Price! Thank you for the information here...and you deserve your TS for this! 🏅

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    I remember those classics. Congrats on the TS.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Thanks for this tribute to one of my favorites! I was and am an avid fan of corny old horror movies and the trio of icons you've mentioned here were masters of the art. Yes, Poe's (and others') work was shredded in these and the effects were awful, but as pure entertainment, they're true classics. Great article, Leslie!

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    These are the only kind of "horror" I can watch hahah the cheesy kind are the best!

  • Chris Riggio2 months ago

    I love Vincent Price, this is a solid Halloween collection. If you've never seen some of the wackier stuff he did in the 70's, I highly suggest Theatre of Blood and The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

  • Hahahahahhahahahahaha I loved that review for Masque of the Red Death!

  • Kageno Hoshino2 months ago

    I love halloween

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    This was fantastic!!! Remember Vincent Price in the movies mentioned. Perfect movies for the spooky season!!!❤️❤️💕

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