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.
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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!
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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.
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So without further ado let us watch this 1970 interview between David Frost and Vincent Price!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

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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!

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

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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!

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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!
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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:

MASTER OF THE WORLD
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

TOWER OF LONDON
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

DIARY OF A MADMAN
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

AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
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

CRY OF THE BANSHEE
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!

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 038 (The Price Of Fear – Fish)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. This week we offer a 1973 episode of the BBC radio series The Price of Fear entitled “Fish”. What really makes this Old Time Radio series so awesome is that it stars none other than Vincent Price!

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Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark Sings “Trick Or Treat” (1984)

Earlier this week on Facebook the esteemed Geeky Vixen of the Adventures of a Geeky Vixen blog shared this 1984 music video featuring Elvira, Mistress of the Dark singing a song entitled “Trick or Treat”. While it’s an absolutely wonderful treat and especially great considering the time of year…it’s really her back-up singers that blew my mind!

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It might be a bit easier to make them out in the music video but that is none other than Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and John Paragon (Jambi)…and even a quick wave of the hand by Vincent Price!

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