Just a few thoughts that I would like to share..
I watched a classic last night and realised that Vincent Price was phenomenal; it was the ’59 version of ‘House on Haunted Hill’. I think that films miss actors like this and as time goes on it is starting to become more visible.
The way that Price carries himself on screen is everything that you would expect from the time and more. It truly amazes me that his talents were not confined to one genre like many of the Hollywood stars today. In actual fact he was ever-present in television, on stage, and on radio too. Price showed that it is possible to be the star of many features; from horror to comedy, his distinct voice and personality on-screen seemed to set him aside from everyone else.
What impresses me the most about Vincent Price is that he was multi-talented and he didn’t rely on his incredible acting ability to get him through life. He was an avid art collector and consultant due to the degree he gained in art history, which lead him to write books and lecture on the subject. He even founded his own art museum in California.
A talented man, Price was open about his feelings towards racism and prejudice, he was, what seems, an all round great guy. He was also one of the first celebrities to advertise the dangers of HIV in marketing campaigns .
I’m going to be watching a lot more of Vincent Price’s films over the next month or so because I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of great pictures already. If you are interested in checking out some of his radio work then look for ‘The Price of Fear; it was a 22-episode show produced by the BBC.
Lastly, a couple of weeks back was the 22-year anniversary of his death. Let’s not forget that these actors put so much effort in to creating the system that we base our films on today.