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15 January 2006 @ 10:34 am

Tales of Terror



Color / 1 Hour 29 Minutes / Not Rated / VHS / 1962

This triple treat of terror is a three-episode "blood-dripping package that includes murder, necrophilia, dementia, live burials, open tombs, exhumation, resurrection, zombies and feline vengeance," resulting in nothing less than "juicy entertainment" and spine-chilling cinema" (Cue).. Mix in three horrordom's greatest villains, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone, and you've got a shocker you date not watch alone!

Price stars in all three episodes, including Morella in which a man is haunted after blaming his young daughter for the death of his wife. In The Black Cat, a pair of illicit lovers are buried alive by a jealous husband, and in The Case of M. Valdemar, a sorcerer's spell backfires when he sentences an innocent man to a living hell.

JAMES H. NICHOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Present VINCENT PRICE - PETER LORRE - BASIL RATHBONE Special Guest Starts DEBRA PAGET - JOYCE JAMESON In Edgar Allan Poe's "TALES OF TERROR Executive Producers JAMES H. NICHOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Music by LES BAXTER Prduced and Directed by ROGER CORMAN Screenplay by RICHARD MATHESON Based on Edgar Allen Poe's "Tales of Terror" An AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Picture


FUN FACTS

* A mixture of glue, glycerin, corn starch and make-up paint was heated and then poured over Vincent Price's head to give the impression of his face melting away

* Prolific B-Movie composer Les Baxter helped inspire the recent lounge music trend with his 1960s instrumental albums "Tamboo" and "Exotica Suite"

* The hypnotism sequences were supervised by William J. Bryan, Jr., M.D., the excutive director of the American Hypnosis Institute.

EDGAR ALLAN POE STORY LINKS
The Black Cat (1843)
The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar (1845)
Morella (1850)
 
 
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14 January 2006 @ 10:49 am

The Pit and the Pendulum



Color / 80 minutes / Rated R / VHS / 1961

One of director Roger Corman's eith, highly accliamed adaptations of the works of horror master, Edgar Allen Poe, "The Pit and thePendulum" is a tour de force of psychological terror and non-stop suspense. It is Spain, 1546, and Francis Barnard (John Kerr) has come to the castle of his brother-n-law, Nicholas Medina (Vincent Price) to investigate the mysterious death of his sister, Elizabeth. Nicolas's sister, Katherine (Luana Anders) explains that Elizabeth dired of fright when she ventured into the castle's torture chamber-a sealed dungron of horrors where their twisted father once tortured and murdered their mother and her lover. But Francis remains suspicious, especially when strange events begin to occur: Elizabeth's ring is fuond on the harpsicord... a maid hears her whispering... her beautiful portrait is destroyed... and Nicholas seems to be going slowly mad. Finally, Francis descends into the hideous chamber for a closer look. And the secrets he discovers there are beyond his most terrifying imaginings. One of Poe's most shocking stories ever, "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a chilling exploration of man's darkest nature.

JAMES H. NICOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Present Edgar Allen Poe's "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM Starring VINCENT PRICE- JOHN KERR - BARBARA STEELE - LUANA ANDERS With ANTHONY CARBONE Executive Producers JAMES H. NICOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Produced and Directed by ROGER CORMAN Screenplay by RICHARD MATHESON Music by LES BAXTER.

EDGAR ALLAN POE STORY LINKS
The Pit And the Pendulum (1842)
 
 
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13 January 2006 @ 10:51 am

The Masque of the Red Death



Please note, The Premature Burial, is not a Vincent Price movie, though it is directed by Roger Corman. This is why it was included on the same DVD, but not on this site.

Color / 1 Hour 28 mintutes / Not Rated / DVD / 1964

Death adn bebaucher reign in the castle of Price Prospero (Vincent Price), and when it reigns... it pours! Prospero has only one excuse for his diabolical deeds - the devil made him do it! But when a mysterious, unvited guest crashes his pad during a masquerade ball, there'll be hell to pay as the party atmosphere turns into the danse macrabre!

JAMES H. NICOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Present EDGAR ALLAN POE'S "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH" Starring VINCENT PRICE Co-Starring HAZEL COURT - JANE ASHER Screenplay by CHARLES BEAUMONT and R. WRIGHT CAMPBELL From a Story by EDGAR ALLAN POE Produced and directed by ROGER CORMAN An AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURE In Pathecolor


FUN FACTS
* This was the first film Roger Corman and his crew made in England and it took two weeks longer than their usual shooting schedule of three weeks.

* Over two miles of corridors were built in sections spreading over three soundstages for Jane Asher to run through while she was held captive in the palace.

EDGAR ALLAN POE STORY LINK
The Masque of the Red Death (1842)
 
 
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06 January 2006 @ 10:57 am

The Fall of the House of Usher



Color / 85 Minutes / Not Rated / VHS / 1960

"The Fall of the House of Usher" was the first of director Roger Corman's eight highly acclaimed adaptations of the works of horror master, Edgar Allan Poe, and is considered one of the great classic horror films of all time. In this eerie tale of bloodlines and madness, a young suitor (Mark Damon) comes to the family home of his bride-to-be, Madeline Usher (Myran Fahey). Immediately, he senses that all is not as it should be with the walls of the family home. He is greeted by Madeline's bizarre, somewhat sinister brother, Roderick (Vincent Price), who is convinced that the Usher blood is tained with evil. Roderick will stop at nothing that the to keep Madeline from continuing the Usher lineage- even if it means burying her alive. But can he keep Madeline from coming back for revenge? Faithfully capturing the terrifying nuances and chilling drama of Poe's orginal story, The Fall of the House of Usher is a masterpiece of suspense.

JAMES H. NICHOLSON and SAMUEL Z ARKOFF Present Edgar Allan Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USER Starring VINCENT PRICE Co-Starring MARK DAMON - MYRNA FAHEY - With HARRY ELLERBE - Excutive Producer JAMES H. NICOLSON Produced and Directed by ROGER CORMAN - Screenplay by RICHARD MATHESON Based on the EDGAR ALLAN POE'S "FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER" Music by LES BAXTER

EDGAR ALLAN POE STORY LINK
The Fall of the House of Usher(1839)
 
 
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24 November 2005 @ 11:06 am

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine


Approx Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes / 1965 / Color / DVD

Beware - this band of bikini-clad cuties is liscensed to kill... with comedy! Featuring Vincent Price in "the most unusal and amusing role of his career" (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner) and Frankie Avalon, with cameo appearance by Annette Funicello and Garvey Lembeck, this sex=ational spy spoof is "thrill-packed fun" (Boxoffice). Deranged Dr. Goldfoot (Price) has a dream... of taking over the universe! So the mad scientist invents a machine that builds sultry, bikini-clad sex sirens, whom he programs to seduce the world's wealthiest men inot signing over their fortunes. But when Secret Agent Craig Gamble (Avalon) learns of Goldfoot's eveil plot, he knows he must destoy these gorgeous gold diggers before losing his heart - and quite possibly his life - to the hottes assassins every built!

"DR GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE" Starring VINCENT PRICE - FRANKIE AVALON - DWAYNE HICKMAN - SUSAN HART - JACK MULLANEY Special Guest Star FRED CLARK Directed by NORMAN TAUROG Screenplay by ELWOOD ULLMAN and ROBERT KAUFMAN Story by JAMES HARTFORD Produced by JAMES H. NICHOLSON and SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF Co-Producer ANTHONY CARRAS Hear "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" Sung by THE SUPREMES in PATHECOLOR and PANAVISION (r) An AMERICAN INTERNATION PICTURES

FUN FACTS
* The film's title song, heard over the opening sequence, is performed by The Supremes!
* The film's opening claymation sequence was created by Art Clokey, producer of the "Gumby" TV series
* Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine was the first production from American International Pictures to exceed a $1 million budget!

 
 
 
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24 November 2005 @ 10:48 am

The Bat



Approx Running Time: 80 minutes / 1959 / B&W / VHS

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead") has rented a remote mansion for the summer. One night, a prowler tagged "The Bat" invades the guarded house, terrorizing Cornelia and her maid. The resourceful novelist decides to set a trap to capture "The Bat."

Based on the Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood play, and featuring the incomparable Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon and former Our Gang star Darla Hood as a murder victim. The Bat is a chilling horror classic.

Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents A Liberty Pictures Corporation Production
Starring VINCENT PRICE and AGNES MOOREHEAD
Musical Score by LOUIS FORBES "THE BAT" Theme played by ALVINO REY
Director of Photography JOSEPH BIROC, A.S.C.
Based on the WAGENHALS-KEMPER Play by MARY ROBERTS RINEHART and AVERY HOPWOOD
Screen Story and Screenplay by CRANE WILBUR
Produced by C.J. TEVLIN
Directed by CRANE WILBUR

My Comments
There are times like this in which the movie description for the movie box just sucks! This is really one of those cases. If you would better details and spoilers please visit The Bat synopsis by The Vincent Price Fan Site
 
 
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03 November 2005 @ 12:56 pm

Leave Her To Heaven



Approx Running Time: 111 minutes / 1945 / Color / VHS

In this classic melodrama acclaimed for its lush Academy Award -winning cinematography, GENE TIERNEY's arresting portrayal of a jealous woman was seen as a truly "amazing study of character," (Los Angeles Times and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Though she is engaged to a politician (VINCENT PRICE), Ellen (TIERNEY) lures the handsome Richard (CORNEL WILDE) into marriage after knowing him just a few days. But Richard soon learns from her sister (JEANNE CRAIN) and mother (MARY PHILIPS) that Ellen's selfish, possessive love has ruined other people's lives. When his own brother drowns while in Ellen's care and she has an accident that kills her unborn child, Richard grows increasingly suspicious of her unsatiable devotion.

DARRYL F. ZANUCK PRESENTS
GENE TIERNEY - CORNEL WILDE - JEANNE CRAIN - VINCENT PRICE
"LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN"
Screen Play by JO SWERLING Based on the Novel by BEN AMES WILLIAM
Produced by WILLIAM A. BACHER Directed by JOHN M. STAHL

"Leave Her to Heaven" a novel by Ben Ames William
 
 
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03 November 2005 @ 12:50 pm

Laura



Approx Running Time: 88 minutes / B&W / 1944 / VHS

Nominated for five Academy Awards, this stylish mystery thriller twists and turns with new suspects, new evidence and unexpected revelations.

A wealthy acid-toungued journalist (CLIFTON WEBB) becomes entranced with a beautiful young careet woman named Laura (GENE TIERNEY). But entrancement leads to possessiveness and shortly before her wedding to a dashing young playboy (VINCENT PRICE), she is found murdered. Stirred bt her portrait and adoring descriptions by her admirers, the detective (DANA ANDREWS) assigned to her case finds he, too, is strangely under Laura's spell.

With its haunting, romantic score by David Raksin, this "brilliant..extradinary...abosorbing entertainment" (Hollywood Reporter) from director Otto Preminger is renowned example of 1940s film noir.

Twentieth Centrury Fox Presents GENE TIERNEY - DANA ANDREWS in LAURA with CLIFTON WEBB - VINCENT PRICE - JUDITH ANDERSON Adapted from the Novel by VERA CASPARY Screenplay by JAY DRATLER and SAMUEL HOFFENSTEIN and BETTY REINHEARDT Produced and Directed by OTTO PREMINGER

My Comments
I just have to say, I really enjoyed watching this movie. It really is just that good and worth to watch it even though Vincent Price is not the starring role.

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23 October 2005 @ 01:52 pm

Cry of the Banshee



Approx Running Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes / Color / 1970 / VHS

Vincent Price is diabolical, commanding and "as brutally horrific as ever" (Motion Picture Exhibitor) as a corrupt English magistrate who leads a crusade to rid the countryside of witches - but doesn't mind accosting a few innocent wenches on his way! Murder, torutre and titillation are just afew methods of interrogation in this lurid "witchcraft shocker" (Motion Picture Exhibitor) that pits evil against more evil in a duel to the death!

The superstitious English commoners live in fear of Lord Edward Whitman (Price) and his quest to find those who practice the "old religion." But when he kills the "offspring" of an old witch and dares her to show her power, she does - with a vengeful curse that calls upon a horrific demon to visit the Whitman family by night and destroy them all one by one until they join her "children" in Hell!



Fun Facts

* Look closely for the Stephen Rea (End of the Affair, The Crying Game_ who makes an appearance as a villager.

* Elisabeth Bergner (Oona) had not acted in a English-speaking film in nearly thirty years when she began work on Cry of the Banshee.

* Cry of the Banshee marked the last of Vincent Price's period of horror films for the American International Pictures.

VINCENT PRICE in "CRY OF THE BANSHEE" Also Starring ESSY PERSSON - HUGH GRIFFITH - PATRICK MOWER and ELIZABETH BERGNER as "OONA" Screenplay by TIM KELLY and CHRISTOPHER WICKING - Story by TIM KELLY Directed by GORDON HESSLER Executive Producer LOUIS M. HEYWARD Produced by GORDON HESSLER An AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Picture.
 
 
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Conqueror Worm



Approx Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes - Color - 1968 - VHS

"Vincent Pirce proves once again that he is still the greatest ghoul going" (Motion Picture Herald) in this Egar Allan Poe thriller about a witch hunter who finds career satisfaction touring the English countryside tourturing hapless victims and putting innocent people to death in the name of purifying souls. It's a tale of "love, villainy and retribution" (The Film Daily) and a "sadist's delight" (Los Angeles Times) for those who love historical bloodfests.

As superstition and spells sweep the middle ages, an educated rogue named Hopkins (Price) wanders from town to town proclaiming to be an official witch finder. Town leaders pay him to accuse and then execute - usually innocent - suspects. But when a brave soldier returns hom to find his sweetheart on the rack, ready to burn, Hopkins realizes he may have whacked his last witch.




Fun Facts
* After Price fell from a horse during filming, the director refused to see him, hoping that angering the actor would make his character more fierce.

* Explicitly violent for 1968, the film advertised this unusual warning: Leave the children at home, and if you are squeamish, stay at home with them"

* Named after an Edgar Allen Poe poem, the film is based on the true story book "Witchfinder General by Ronald Bassett.

EDGAR ALLAN POE'S "CONQUEROR WORM" in Color by PERFECT Starring VINCENT PRICE - IAN OGIVY - RUPERT DAVIES and introducing HILARY DWYER Executive TONY TENSER Producered by LOUIS M. HEYWARD Directed by MICHAEL REEVES Screenplay by MICHAEL REEVES and TOM BAKER Based on a Book Entitled "WITCHFINDER GENERAL" by RONALD BASSETT an AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Release.

My Comments
This is a very different film to watch. I remember the first time I saw it I counted the amount of rapes that were in it. Its actually kind of hard to watch Vincent Price in such a film, because is a little "too" dark... but in the sense of emotionally. He does do a wonderful job though.. don't get me wrong. I'm not in any way squeamish... but this was just not my cup of tea.