Bloofer gent: Vincent Price
|Abduct us, Prince Prospero!|
Unlike many a Hollywood toff, Price really was a gentleman born, thanks to his grandfather inventing a type of baking powder. Price graduated from Yale and then studied art in London, where we terrible Brits led him astray, and he first took to the stage in 1934.
Never a classic leading man, Vincent Price’s first role in a horror film was in 1939’s Tower Of London (Boris Karloff was the star of that one), though he kept his dastardly end up playing villainous roles in many a 40s noir. With 1953’s House Of Wax, though, this horrendously handsome heartthrob moved properly into horror, all the better to make our… spines… tingle.
In the 1960s he worked with Roger Corman and the Poe-themed adaptations they made are, for me, among his most memorable work, all violent colours and battering-ram melodrama. You may prefer The Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, or The Tomb Of Ligeia, but I’ll always vote for Masque Of The Red Death as his best film from that period.
|House of Wax. Everybody melts over Vincent!|
For simultaneously stopping and warming our hearts, for giving us thrills and chills and good Phibrations, Vincent Price is 2019’s Bloofer Gent. Creeptacular crumpet, we salute you!