Downfall - Milton Bradley

Did You Play Milton Bradley’s Downfall?

Downfall is a game of many names, friends. As well as being offered in many countries since it was first published in 1970. While I will certainly admit that I have no recollection of this particular game. The play mechanics have me absolutely captivated. Apparently it was picked up by Hasbro and is being produced today under the name New Downfall.

Downfall - New Downfall

The design might be a little different but the gameplay certainly remains the same.

While as you can plainly see from the box art, Downfall was a Milton Bradley game. I have however found a version by Whitman that definitely has the groovy vibe of the 1960s. Having said that this game was indeed released in 1970.
Downfall - Whitman - Front of Box
Downfall - Whitman

Now obviously Downfall is known by different names in other countries. Such as Nouveau Dix de Chute, Dix de Chute, Slotter, Cascadix, and Combi 5-2-5 to name a few. For myself though I am partial to the Dutch version of Onderuit! as well as it’s grim commercial!

[Via] The Toys Channel

That is some Hangman level of creepiness there, all it needed was Vincent Price, in place of the child. Now the point of Downfall is to take your ten numbered discs and get them to the bottom…in order. This is accomplished by turning one of the five dials on the “board”. Although each Player naturally cannot see the other side of the board, which means they have no clue if their opponent’s turn will hinder or aid them.

Downfall really seems to offer an amazing amount of strategy to the Players. I might have to keep my eyes peeled on eBay to add this game to my collection. Also of interest was how Milton Bradley made sure to show it was fun for the whole Family. With at least two different covers!
Downfall - Milton Bradley - Box B

Downfall - Box A

If I am being totally honest though, I truly love the Japanese version of Downfall by Whitman

Downfall - Whitman - Japanese

Now then, how about the German Commercial forDownfall aka Slotter? Definitely looks like there is a hesit going on!

[Via] Crazy Merch Lady


Retro Radio Memories Ep. 88 (The Saint)

Welcome back, friends. To this special Holiday episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. One of course whose subject just so happens to be The Saint. The popular running radio series based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. The Saint or Simon Templar as his friends and close enemies call him. Is in fact a type of modern day Robin Hood – however he lives off his ‘good deeds’ too. What I am saying of course is that Simon makes sure these actions help to line his own coffers in the process.
The Saint - Leslie Charteris

While it is certainly true that we’ve shared an episode or two of The Saint on the podcast before. With the Holiday upon us, I felt it the perfect time to share a Seasonal offering. While The Saint radio series got it’s start in 1940, most fans feel that it was the NBC version that is best. Naturally it is hard to argue that fact as it feature Vincent Price as Simon Templar!
The Saint - Vincent Price

In our episode today, entitled Santa Claus is No Saint. Templar of course finds himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, one that involves a case of mistaken identity as well as a stolen necklace.

So settle in where it is warm, friends. Let the soothing electronic glow of your monitor or phone ease your worries away. And join us on Retro Radio Memories as we go on another caper with The Saint!

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Now that you have enjoyed the adventures of Vincent Price as The Saint. Why not continue to enjoy the exploits of Simon Templar?

I am referring of course to the late and great Roger Moore’s popular television adaptation of the character, in an episode entitled The Latin Touch!

David Frost Interviews Vincent Price (1970)

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.
Vincent Price - Theater of Blood

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!
Vincent Price - David Frost Interview

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

Come And Visit The 1974 Horror Hall Of Fame

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!

Giraffe Robots

Scream Factory Presents: The Vincent Price Collection III On Blu-Ray!

Scream Factory
Not content with bringing horror fans just One Volume of Price films, nor even a whopping Two Volumes of classic horror and sometimes comedy, our friends at Scream Factory are set to release their Third collection of films representing the best that the late great Vincent Price left as his legacy!


What films can you expect when this Blu-Ray is released on February 16th? How about 1961’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s Master of the World?
Master of the World
Besides Vincent Price, Master of the World also starred Charles Bronson (Death Wish), Mary Webster (The Tin Star), Henry Hull (Werewolf of London), and David Frankham (Return of the Fly). In the film, Price stars as Captain Robur who makes his home high above the clouds in the mighty airship, the Albatross. Hull and the others find themselves as “guests” aboard the vessel as Robur attempts to bring peace to World in his “War against War”…even if that means he must be forced to destroy military targets across the globe!

Then in the collection we have 1962’s Tower of London, not to be confused with the 1939 Universal Pictures version that starred not only Price but Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone!
Tower of London
In this film Price portrays Richard of Gloucester, or as History knows him better, Richard the III. Directed by Roger Corman, Tower of London entertains with a smidgen of actual history and some borrowing of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Richard the III…naturally. It also stars Michael Pate (Julius Caesar), Joan Freeman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Robert Brown (Here Come The Brides), and Bruce Gordon (Piranha 1978)! Check out how Price’s Richard the III gets what he wants in this clip:

Next up in the collection is the 1963 horror film Diary of a Madman!
Diary of a Madman
In this film adapation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “Le Horla”, Price is Simon Cordier, a French magistrate as well as being an sculptor who comes into contact with what he believes is the horla, an evil force that can not only move objects at will but control minds. Will this ghost drive Simon to commit unspeakably foul deeds? Alongside Price, the film boasts the talents of Nancy Kovak (Jason and the Argonauts), Elaine Devry (Herbie Rides Again), Stephen Roberts (At War with the Army), and Ian Wolfe (Rebel Without a Cause)!

Then we have something very, very special with An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe from 1970.
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
This is a one-man show featuring Vincent Price performing “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Sphinx”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. Here is a clip from my favorite of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales:

Last but certainly not least is Cry of the Banshee, also from 1970!
Cry of the Banshee
In this film, Price plays the role of Lord Edward Whitman, a cruel man who is also a magistrate (again?) in a small English village and he has decided that there are far too many signs of Witches. Which is bad news indeed a for some of local pagans headed up by Elisabeth Bergner (As You Like It), when some of her followers are put to death she has enough time to curse the Whitman household, summoning a supernatural entity to avenge those slain. Cry of the Banshee also stars Essy Persson (Strike First Freddy), Stephan Chase (Macbeth 1971), Patrick Mower (The Devil Rides Out), Hilary Dwyer (The Oblong Box), and Carl Rigg (Lifeforce).

Now this is a Scream Factory release we are talking about so you know they are going to deliver the goods and I think in this case they’ve totally gone above and beyond:

NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW Stereo Soundtrack Created From The Original 4-Track Mag
NEW Audio Commentary With Actor David Frankham
NEW Richard Matheson: Storyteller – Extended Cut (72 Minutes)
Theatrical Trailer
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery Of Images From David Frankham??s Personal Collection

NEW High-Definition Master From A Fine Grain Film Print
NEW Interview With Director Roger Corman
Producing Tower Of London – An Interview With Producer Gene Corman
Two Episodes Of Science Fiction Theatre (1956): “One Thousand Eyes” And “Operation Flypaper” Both Starring Vincent Price (In Standard Definition)
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

NEW High-Definition Master From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
Theatrical Trailer
Poster And Lobby Card Gallery

NEW Master Created From The Original 2″ Tape Masters
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman
NEW Interview With Writer/Producer/Director Kenneth Johnson
Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

NEW High-Definition Master Of The Director’s Cut From The Interpositive Film Element
NEW High-Definition Master Of The American International Pictures Cut From The Only Surviving Element, A Color Reversal Intermediate
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian And Author Steve Haberman (Director’s Cut)
A Devilish Tale Of Poe – An Interview With Director Gordon Hessler
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Radio Spot
Posters, Lobby Cards And Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

Now I know that this comes out on Tuesday, two days after Valentine’s Day, but maybe you can hop on over to the Scream Factory Official Site and pre-order your copy of the Vincent Price Collection III on Blu-Ray for your favorite Horror Lover or even yourself, if you act quickly you might even get one of those exclusive posters when you do!

Remember…Scream Factory will be keeping an eye out for your order!