Vincent Price: The Art of Fear

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Vincent Price, whose name is virtually synonymous with the American horror film, was a major screen presence for more than four decades. His early films include such film noir classics as Laura and Leave Her to Heaven, but it was the release of House of Wax in 1953 that established the actor as the silky-voiced master of menace. The late 50s saw Price starring in William Castle’s extraordinary cycle of gimmick-driven films, including The Tingler, with cinema seats wired to simulate the movie monster’s electrical ...

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Vincent Price, whose name is virtually synonymous with the American horror film, was a major screen presence for more than four decades. His early films include such film noir classics as Laura and Leave Her to Heaven, but it was the release of House of Wax in 1953 that established the actor as the silky-voiced master of menace. The late 50s saw Price starring in William Castle’s extraordinary cycle of gimmick-driven films, including The Tingler, with cinema seats wired to simulate the movie monster’s electrical attacks. In the 60s, Price excelled in leading roles in Roger Corman’s The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum—mysterious, almost meditative films based on the work of Poe. Among his later career highlights are The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Theater of Blood, and Edward Scissorhands. Now, in this judicious, well-illustrated survey, Denis Meikle looks at both the highs and lows of an enduring film career.

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Before computer special effects, horror movies relied on skillful actors to instill fear in the audience. Among the cream of the crop was Vincent Price (1911-93), who began his career as a character actor but made his name playing the victim (who later turned out to be the villain) in horror flicks such as House of Wax and The Fly. As the star of Roger Corman's film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Pit and the Pendulum," he secured his position as a horror icon. Meikle (Jack the Ripper: The Murders and the Movies) superbly chronicles Price's life and movies, incorporating insightful comments from collaborators like Corman and Roger Matheson, screenwriter on the Poe movies. Part of the fun in reading is in remembering those classic, if campy, films and comparing notes with Meikle. Great photos and a filmography round out a delightful life/film treatment for Price and horror fans alike. The only work of its kind, this is highly recommended for all libraries.-Rosalind Dayen, Southregional Lib., Broward Cty., FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781903111536
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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