Stumbled across this announcement this morning and though sadly I do not live near the Genesee Theater in Joliet or the Portage Theater in Chicago I hope that some of you will be able to attend this wonderful opportunity! A big thanks to Chicago Sun Times for the heads up on this event and please make sure to follow the link for an amazing interview with Victoria Price, the legendary actor’s daughter.
From the Chicago Sun Times announcement: “So horror fans will be sure to flock to “Vincentennial: A Halloween Tribute to Vincent Price’s 100th Birthday,” on Sunday at the Genesee Theater in Joliet and at the Portage Theater in Chicago. The fright fest features screenings of classic Price movies such as “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1964). Special guest for the events will be Price’s daughter, Victoria, author of the critically acclaimed Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography (1999, St. Martins’ Press), who’ll be on hand for Q&A sessions and fan meet-and-greets.”
An excerpt from the interview with Miriam Di Nunzio and Victoria Price: “Q. I came across a great Sears “training video” on YouTube that features
your dad discussing various works of art for the store’s employees. What’s the story behind that?
A. In the early 60s, Sears wanted to upgrade its image, so they asked sports figures and celebrities to be spokespersons. Since my dad was very widely associated with art collecting, they asked him to be the spokesperson for the Sears Art Collection — paintings, prints, lithographs that they would sell at their stores. My dad at first just wasn’t interested; it was my mom who talked him into it by suggesting that he give it credibility by buying the art that Sears would sell. So he went out and bought $200,000 worth of art for Sears over a five-year period — etchings, drawings, works from everybody from Picasso and Dali to emerging artists — packaged as the Vincent Price Collection. It would go on sale for a three-day period at select stores, and my dad would go in and teach the sales staff all about the art they would be selling. They sold all of it.”
As always I want to give a huge thanks to our friends over at Green Galactic and William Castle Productions for this press release announcing the release of the 1959 screenplay for the classic House on Haunted Hill, it is annotated and includes an introduction by none of other than legendary director, Joe Dante! Being published on Oct. 31st means it will make that perfect last minute stocking stuffer for the Halloween Holidays! What? You guys don’t hang stockings for treats and toys by the fireplace for Halloween?! Weird…
The Recently Resurrected William Castle Productions Presents
House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay – Complete with Emerg-O!
To Be Released on October 31, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 6, 2011 – Due out on October 31, 2011, William Castle Productions proudly presents House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay. The book features legendary horror filmmaker William Castle’s authentic working script from his 1959 classic thriller with original formatting and Castle’s own hand-written notes. This collector’s item even comes with a new twist on Castle’s famous theater gimmick, Emerg-O. The 248-page book includes a foreword by acclaimed director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, Matinee), hailing the book as “an important artifact.” It also includes an introduction by William’s daughter, Terry Castle, who shares her personal thoughts on this seminal piece of film history. A critical perspective of the film by writer and illustrator Charlie Largent is also included as well as a special welcome from William Castle himself. The Screamplay will be available in print for $24.99 via Amazon and select retailers through the recently resurrected William Castle Productions (ISBN-13: 978-0578092928). For more information please visit http://williamcastle.com/blog/william-castle-productions.
“It’s not that often that you find a script from this period surviving with annotations,” writes Joe Dante in the introduction, “And that’s what makes reading this script such a pleasant surprise; you can actually imagine what it was like to be there, reading the script on the set with the actors, and coming up with artistic decisions on the spot.”
House on Haunted Hill – The Movie-
House on Haunted Hill remains a classic chiller to this day. Produced and directed by William Castle and written by Robb White, the shocker is beloved not only for Castle’s suspense-filled direction but what came to be known as “The Gimmick,” carnival sideshow trickery that both scared and delighted the audience. The original film stars the inimitable Vincent Price and features the classic gimmick Emerg-O – an inflatable glow in the dark skeleton attached to a wire that floated over the heads of the uproarious audience during the final moments of the film to parallel the action on the screen.
In the film, eccentric millionaire playboy Fredrick Loren (Price) and his fourth wife Annabelle have invited five strangers to a “party” at the House on Haunted Hill, a spooky old mansion with a murder-laden history. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars each. Loren even provides loaded guns as party favors. As the night progresses, the guests are trapped inside the foreboding house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors.
House on Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay –
The Screamplay features the House on Haunted Hill script’s original formatting, maintaining the integrity of the authentic screenplay replete with Castle’s own hand-written notes. In addition, the book cover imitates the leather-bound binders that Castle used for every movie. William Castle Productions, in keeping with the spirit of “The Gimmick,” presents this book with a print version of Emerg-O – simply flip through the pages and scare yourself silly!
The annotated script “pulls back the curtain on the film,” writes Charlie Largent on the artifact, “Castle’s copious notes shine a light on both his own working methods as the director and Robb White’s as the screenwriter … It’s the closest thing we’ll ever have to an alternate director’s cut of this seminal spookfest.”
But there is still more news concerning William Castle (Who has been able to come back from the dead to promote his new book, The Prayer) and his daughter, Terry Castle!
EVENTS – Book Readings/Signings For All 3 Titles & Film Screenings:
Some in-person events include… a blood-making demonstration of the Castle family secret recipe.
I’ve posted some wonderful movie poster related art from over at Reelizer before, but this House on Haunted Hill illustration by the incredibly talented Jason Edmiston is pretty special because it was created for Phantom City Creative’s 100th Birthday salute to the late, great Vincent Price.
You can probably expect a lot of Vincent Price related posts on May 27th to help with the celebration.