There are many, many reasons to love the works of Vincent Price. He was an actor who carried himself with dignity and aplomb in spite of some of his roles. In particular I ask you to take a look at 1965’s Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and its 1966 sequel Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. On the other hand – Vincent Price always appeared to be having fun playing his parts.
Even in spite of playing vile villains like in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, the fun shone through in his performance. I ask you to explain how else audiences were kind of rooting for Phibes to win!
I became a fan of Vincent Price very early in my youth.
I believe I first saw him in a Roger Corman film. One of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that played on the Late, Late Show after midnight had rolled around. Generally speaking I would watch any horror movie…but I came to love seeing Price’s name in the credits.
Vincent Price had 200 acting credits to his name when he passed away in 1993. Many of those credits included dramas and adventure films – however we still know him best for his horror roles. Although this may be true, I think we see the true gentleman in this 1970 interview with David Frost. In addition we see that humorous side of the actor, in particular when he discusses being part of a strip tease number during a World War II fundraiser!
In this eight minute interview I think you will be reminded why Price still manages to charm us today. Not just the humor but the honesty, like when he talks about working with Victor Mature. In his gentlemanly way he shares some secrets about 1954’s Dangerous Mission.
So without further ado let us watch this 1970 interview between David Frost and Vincent Price!
[Via] Andrew Peel
With only ten days away until Halloween – it’s a good time to start looking at costume kits. Now you can certainly head to your local mall and pick up a zombie mask or some such. Likewise you could really stand out this year and take a look at Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!
They are NOT coming soon anymore – they are here!
Don’t you share a lot of Falligant’s artwork?
Yes, I most certainly do. Whether it be “lost” Scooby-Doo
episodes or a mash-up between The Breakfast Club
and The NeverEnding Story
. Travis Falligant is a very talented artist and in addition he is one heck of a nice guy. In fact if you visit the Saturday Frights
Facebook Page you will see how much art he has graciously shared.
Okay. Question answered. What about these Halloween Costume Starter Kits?
I was getting to that. Travis also has a wonderful taste in movies. Cult movies that is to say. Given that the three Costume Starter Kits he is offering for example have been inspired by the likes of Blacula, Frankenhooker, and the Howling II!
I will start off with my favorite – the “Blood Sucka”!
All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.
Each of the three Costume Starter Kits cost a mere $18 and come with:
1 High quality mask printed and pressed on E-Flute Cardboard and matte laminated. Ready to wear!
1 T-Shirt Transfer Kit complete with tee design, iron-on instructions, and transfer paper.
2 Laminate stickers featuring the artwork of the character you have chosen.
Candy Starter kit to get your Trick or Treat game begun!
You can order the Halloween Costume Starter Kits right this second over at Travis’Etsy Store. Furthermore you can order all three so you can truly fit in with any creature of the night!
The Horror Hall of Fame was a 1974 TV special, hosted by Vincent Price. A show that originally aired on February 20 on the ABC Network. It was a mixture of a talk show with comedy skits and in addition clips from classic horror films. I think you will agree though the greatest moments are the interviews that Price conducts.
The list of guest stars for this special include Frank Gorshin. While probably best known for his role as the Riddler on the ’66 Batman – Gorshin was a quite capable impressionist. Something that you will see in great effect as he pulls off a wonderful Boris Karloff.
John Carradine. This segment is probably my favorite. It is very informative for one thing, with Carradine revealing he was up for the role in 1931’s Frankenstein. As a matter of fact I wish they had included more discussions between Vincent and John. As these two friends discussing their own roles together with those actors who are being honored on the show is captivating.
Other guests on the special include John Astin, Candy Clark, William Tuttle, and Raymond McNally. Co-starring in the program is Billy Van who plays a hunchbacked assistant to Price. Van might be known best for his roles in the The Hilarious House of Frightenstein from 1971. A Canadian children’s series that Price appeared in too!
[via] Kabuki Wolf
Why didn’t they make more Horror Hall of Fame specials?
There were other specials but not connected that I can tell. For three years beginning in 1990 until 1992 – Robert Englund hosted an awards show with the same name. One that celebrated the best horror films, actors, special effects, and TV series. It is a totally different beast though with actual awards being presented.
With the 1974 Horror Hall of Fame it was less formal. I will admit that some of the comedy doesn’t quite work but overall it has charm and in spades. I feel that with Halloween being only eleven days away it is definitely worthy of your viewing time!
I have been a Star Wars fan ever since I first saw Star Wars: A New Hope in High School. I’m also a massive Disney fan. When our kids were younger, Walt Disney World was our favorite vacation spot. One of my favorite rides and my husband’s absolute favorite ride at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion. When I saw this Wonderful Star Wars / Haunted Mansion mash-up, I couldn’t wait to share it.
This great Haunted Mansion / Star Wars Mash-Up was made by Mary J. Hoffman on DeviantArt
Image courtesy of Mary J. Hoffman.
This coolest thing about this print?
Mary also has Booger Vampire’s Crypt of DOOM Etsy Store
where you can purchase this wonderful print or get it on pins, coin purses, tote bags, and more.
Want more Star Wars or Haunted Mansion goodies?
Please stop by my pop culture food blog – Between the Pages. I’ve featured tons of cool Star Wars and Haunted Mansion treats.
A few years ago this video was posted on YouTube featuring a Crispin Glover Marty McFly screen test. I remember watching it at the time and thinking two things. One, this video quality is terrible and two, it also feels very dark. As a fan of Back to the Future, I filed it away in the back of my brain and promptly forgot about it. This week for some reason it bubbled up again in my YouTube search results and I watched it multiple times. Seeing it in a very different light now.
Instead of seeing a test for an actor or a set, I felt like I was seeing a backstory. Yes, Back to the Future is a comedy, but it certainly has some dark elements to it. The darkest being the failure of the McFlys as a family. We all know it and it is often played for laughs, but you can feel the undertone. This is why Crispin Glover is perfectly cast.
He is able to play an affable, but downtrodden George McFly, and make him both likable and confusing at the same time. In this screen test we see a different angle on George. Here, he is the main focus, not his teen son. With that shift we get a glimpse of a broken man. Someone who has always had difficulty communicating and has no real wisdom to pass down to his son.
After watching this a few times, I could not help but feel that George’s life has been just one giant nightmarish hellscape. Filled with bullys and disappointment, his only salvation is for his son to change the very fabric of reality by altering time. I can’t say that a younger version of myself would enjoy watching a movie just about George’s unaltered life, but adult me certainly would.
Watch the Crispin Glover Marty McFly screen test
Do undead serial killers like Freddy Krueger like Horror Cereal for breakfast? I cannot say whether that is true or not. I don’t really know the Springwood Slasher all that well. However I can indeed say that artist Jorge Baeza’s Horror Cereal art is impressive.
A Nightmare on Elm Street’s supernatural icon isn’t the only subject of Baeza’s talents. We also have a very limited edition cereal straight from Kingston Falls. Killogg’s Yum-Yum Flakes!
As you can plainly see as advertised this particular cereal makes a ‘wonderful midnight treat’! Although I might caution you check your kitchen for unexpected visitors before you pour yourself a bowl.
That is not all though. Jorge I assume has been reading up on the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Because it sure looks like he has been able to land a contract with the leading freelance bio-exorcist. I am talking about that ghost with the most – Beetlejuice!
Now I do not know how Jorge was able to talk Beetlejuice into signing away his likeness for Yucky Worms. I have heard he is an incredibly shrewd negotiator. I believe it was Juno herself that said one should never call upon Beet-
Are you really that stupid, Vic? We appreciate you letting us know about these Horror Cereal box covers but you almost said his name for a third time!
What? I was just going to say that it isn’t recommended that you actually call upon Beetlejuice.
Oh. Sorry, that was what you were warning me about. Boy, is my face red. At the very least you can hop on over to Jorge Baeza’s spot on Facebook. Take some time and check out the rest of his fantastic art. You might also remember a couple of months back when Jorge was kind enough to share his artwork for Stranger Things!
Illustration courtesy of Jorge Baeza.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the greatest movies ever made. I know that is a pretty bold statement. Almost universally vilified on release 34 years ago it managed to achieve cult film status. Slowly finding the audience over the years that could appreciate this masterpiece of horror.
Thanks to Scream Factory The Thing has been released on Blu-Ray today in a Collector’s Edition. If you count yourself a fan of the movie you need to rush out and pick this up right now.
Yes. I am telling you that this Blu-Ray is that worthy. This is more than a chance to crow about a disc with a new interview here or featurette there. This is hands down one of the most epic releases I have had the privilege of reviewing!
I think I might have watched The Thing on TV once.
You are dead to me for saying that! All my joking aside I realize there are people who haven’t seen the film. In a nutshell the movie concerns an American research station in the Antartic that encounter a shape-shifting alien that can perfectly mimic a living organism.
The problem is twofold. The organism wants to assimilate all life and gets very angry when folks try to stop that.
For the next 109 minutes the viewer is treated to one of the most intense science-fiction/horror films ever. The Thing is claustrophobic and bleak – but also strangely uplifting in the character’s defiant actions. You will actually care about those characters too, thanks to the memorable acting by the ensemble cast. I mean when your film boasts the talents of Kurt Russell, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Dysart to name a few – you can’t help but have great performances.
Now let’s talk about those Special Features!
On Disc One:
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
- NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
- NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
- NEW Audio Commentary With Co-producer Stuart Cohen
- Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
- Teaser Trailer (1 minute)
- Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German) (5 minutes)
- TV Spots (1 minute)
- Radio Spots (2 minutes)
- Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards) (15 minutes)
On Disc Two:
- NEW Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris (28 minutes)
- NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis (51 minutes)
- NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay (11 minutes)
- NEW Behind The Chameleon: The Sights Of THE THING – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman, Brian Wade And Stop Motion Animators Randall William Cook And Jim Aupperle (25 minutes)
- NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth (15 minutes)
- NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster (16 minutes)
- NEW Back Into The Cold: A Return To The Shooting Locations Of THE THING – An Animated Photo Gallery Narrated By Todd Cameron Of Outpost31.com
- NEW The Art Of Mike Ploog Gallery (12 minutes)
Disc Two Archival Extras:
- John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Legendary Matte Artist Albert Whitlock Plus Members Of The Cast And Crew (80 minutes – SD)
- Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
- Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
- Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (13 minutes – SD)
- Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (14 minutes – SD)
- Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes -SD)
- Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes -SD)
- Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (54 minutes – SD)
So why not treat yourself today and pick up The Thing Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray? You can hop on over to the official Scream Factory site and order your copy or just head out to the stores and grab it from the shelf!