The Tingler (1959)
Director: Robb White
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
Storyline: Dr. Warren Chapin learns that fear is a creature itself that lives in all people. This creature lives in our vertebrate is called the Tingler!
Review (Spoils): Dr. Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is nuts as he conducts autopsies on executed prisoners in the local State Prison. He has a theory that a creature lives in our backbone that causes fear and manages fear. When he comes across a young patient that is deaf and mute he starts his madness to prove a point. He starts to use LSD to provoke nightmares on his clients.
This is one of the more popular films and roles of the late Vincent Price and once you see this film you can see why. We have lots of screaming, the over acting of Judith Evelyn, a rubber centipede called the Tingler, drugs and of course the classic history of the film when it was played original in the theater when they would place electric shocks in the seats and made the beast crawl over the big screen.
Rating: This film is a B movie but at the same time you can feel the fun it was to be made. Vincent Price steals the stage yet again with his over dramatic acting which he is known for. Low budget but very entertaining!
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Director: Ubaldo Ragona
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Christi Courtland
Storyline: A disease wipes humanity off of Earth into vampires and one man tries to survive alone.
Review (Spoils): A plague kills of most of the people on Earth and leaves their bodies as walking vampires. Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is alone as he sits and reflects on his past life, surviving on what is left on the planet and killing off the undead. While narrating to himself he tries to not lose his mind in his own thoughts and sorrow. Even the undead taunt him to join them in their unholy horde.
We have some good vampire slaying, lots of flashbacks of when he had a normal life, the long torment of looking for anyone else out there, some staking, misunderstandings and shootings. This tale falls under The Night of the Living Dead feel but this time vampires.
Rating: I found Vincent Price outstanding in this film. He talks his way through the film with how the plague is seen in his view and the torture and pain it has caused to himself and his family. It pulls on he has finally found what he has been looking for on companionship but then it spits it right back in his face the torment. A vampire film unlike the others in the past. One scene that I still laugh to myself is the”cut the cake mommy” scene. This film is a horror classic.
The Bat (1959)
Director: Crane Wilbur
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon
Storyline: A killer known as The Bat is located in a mansion
Review (Spoils): The great mansion known as The Oaks is rented by a mystery writer named Cornelia Van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead) which at one time was the location of some brutal murders done by a criminal known as the Bat. What she does not know is the owner of the Oaks is in the middle of doing a million dollar embezzlement before his death and the money is in the house. This leads to troublesome characters and a mystery of its own and murder.
This film plays off a murder mystery with lots of backstabbing, lies, murder, cover up stories and running around to escape The Bat. Sometimes the characters and the story gets so twisted with a plot that it can become confusing and it loses its realism and that is what happens with this film. I don’t mind the odd who did it film but this one was over populated with characters and intrigue.
Vincent Price himself was a fan of the play when he was a child but admitted that the movie fell short because of the script.
Rating: Vincent Price plays his typical character in this film which is delightful but overall the movie was not great. It’s ok for a viewing but I would not place this one in the classic field. But there is some nice killings to drink too!
Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Director: Gordon Hessler
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heat, Elisabeth Bergner
Storyline: A wicked lord destroys a coven of witches and the leader of the coven spirits up a banshee to have revenge.
Review (Spoils): Lord Edward Whitman (Vincent Price) is a twisted lord and witch hunter. He has a wife (Essy Persson) and large family in England in which help him scourer the land of witchcraft and anything tied to the occult. He tracks down the leader of the coven, a woman known as Oona and he kills off most of her cult. Oona (Elisabeth Bergner) who survives the attack uses her powers to talk to Satan which then sends a banshee like servant to England to lay a curse on the family of Whitman.
Vincent Price’s films are very close to be the same character but this is not a bad thing. He can take a plot that has gaps and over act it and make it very enjoyable. We have the typical sexy and buxom ladies that you would suspect from a 70s UK horror film.
Rating: Burn the witches …burn the witches!!! Vincent Price is back and this time he has a little help with Essy Persson and Hilary Heat. This film is not amazing but it is an interesting little tale about a violent family that have crossed the line of witchcraft and they pay. It’s a nice little Vincent Price tale.
Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)
Director: Ray Cameron
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Kenny Everett, Pamela Stephenson
Storyline: Some scientists try to diagnose the haunting of Headstone Manor
Review (Spoils): Six scientists are hired to find out what is the strange phenomenon of the Headstone Manor. They learn that eighteen guests were slaughtered here under a strange cult who still exists. Mix this all with humor and very tongue in cheek one liners and you have what a spoof of horror should be.
This is not a horror film really but more making fun of it all. We have some sinister monks, some blood, some love making to a ghost, knives, some satanic rituals and many nods to classic films outside of horror. The one liners are classic in some cases such as the ghost love scene but some of the humor can be dumb and over seen. But you can tell by watching this film Vincent Price and Kenny Everett had fun doing this one.
Rating: I don’t normally like over the top slap stick in my horror but I had to check this out as it had Vincent Price. Picture the film Airplane but in the vein of horror, very similar when it comes to the scenes and the one liners. It is a hit and miss when it comes down to slapstick but worth checking out at least once with some beers.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Director: Robert Fuest
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffon, Virginia North
Storyline: A man seeks revenge on the nine doctors that he blames for his wife’s death.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is a talent man; he is a doctor, scientist, organist and a biblical scholar. But when he and his wife are in an accident that leaves him speaking through a microphone through his voice box and her dead, he blames the doctors that tried to save her for her demises. Being a madman of religion he starts to master plan of revenge upon the medical professionals. Bringing forth the biblical plagues to their deaths such as blood draining, locusts and the classic frog mask, all done by Dr. Phibes and his sexy assistant Vulnavia (Virginia North).
Vincent Price was made for this role and the he is both the victim of heartbreak pain and a madman. The film is bright, colourful and fun to watch. The overlay of the voice so that Vincent Price had to mimickeeps it entertaining and the movie also has some fun parts. There are some creative ideas in this film which makes me wonder how much of an influence this film was to such as Saw or even Seven? The connection between Vincent Price and Virginia North is never fully explained which makes it even creepier.
Rating: Robert Fuest created a horror classic with this gem and Vincent Price is at his very best in this film.If you’re a classic horror fan you need to see this film as it is one of most unique tales yet.Dr.Phibes is one deadly villain and a work of art.
House of Wax (1953)
Director: Andre de Toth
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones
Storyline: An old associate of a wax museum burns down the place along with its owner. The owner survives and becomes full of revenge and hate.
Review (Spoils): Professor Jarrod (Vincent Price) is an artist who creates classic characters like Joan of Arc or Marie Antoinette to become life like. Business partner Burke does not care much for Jarrod so he burns the place down including Jarrod himself. A year and a half later Jarrod reappears opening a new museum. He wants to rebuild what he once had and he needs to recreate the Marie Antoinette piece and has his eyes on a young Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk ) but he has a new way of sculpting.
This is a classic horror film even for Vincent Price himself. The movie is kind of slow at first but the macabre comes to life once he comes back to the real world after the fire. Vincent Price play his typical role of the over acting, over emotional self but it works so fine in this film.
Rating: This is another of Vincent Price at his best. This is way better then the piece of shit with Paris Hilton. Bring on the macabre and drink too it.
War Gods of the Deep (1965)
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Vincent Price, David Tomlinson, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart
Storyline: Some people discover an underwater society of smugglers that never age and live in a long forgotten city buried underwater.
Review: A busty women (Susan Hart) gets kidnapped which leads to the findings of seaweed and water travels that lead to hidden tunnels in an old castle. Two men and a chicken go on the hunt for the woman and who actually kidnapped her. This leads to whirlpools, gill-men, a society of smuggler that never age lead by the Captain (Vincent Price), active underwater volcano and some seriously huge helmets that have marlins engraved on them.
Yes I said chicken!
Rating: This film was yet another Poe story done with Vincent Price. Not much more to say here as the storyline was not meaty by any means but the scenery was amazing. Some fish die and we have little blood in the water. The costumes of the gill-men were funny and the amount of bust shots of Susan Hart also added to the humour. More sci-fi then horror for this one.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders
Storyline: A husband is being haunted by the ghost of his wife in a gothic castle.
Review: Francis Barnard (John Kerr) travels to Spain to visit his sister Elizabeth’s (Barbara Steele) grave and investigate her death. He meets her husband Nicholas Medina (Vincent Price) who is driven mad from his childhood and from the ghostly presence he is experiencing of his late wife Elizabeth. Nicholas sister Catherine (Luana Anders) tries to hide his madness and the experience of their father’s torture chamber which is found in the dungeons of the castle. This all leads to what really happened to Elizabeth and is she really haunting the mind of Nicholas? The whole story unfolds and the truth is found and Nicholas shows the true colours of his family past.
Rating: I find this is Vincent Price at one of his best. He always plays the best madman and his facial expressions are top notch here. This is a classic Poe tale with non other then one of the kings of horror Mr.Price himself for this haunting tale. Fear the iron maiden!!!
The Return of the Fly (1959)
Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, Danielle De Metz
Storyline: 15 years after his father’s death and experiment Andre’s son tries to do what he father couldn’t.
Review (spoils): Philippe (Brett Halsey) wants to live up to his father’s footsteps. His uncle Francois (Vincent Price) tries to stop him before it starts all over again. Well it does and Philippe’s love Cecile (Danielle De Metz) wants help to transform her lover back to a human instead of the giant fly headed monster he has become. The film runs in the same vein as the first on and unfortunate it is not as entertaining. To be truthful it’s boring as hell. The acting is not all there and the giant fly head is totally laughable. Sure Danielle De Metz is easy on the eyes but not enough to keep this film flowing. Even the famous line “Help me” is ripped off here. The film just copied way too much from the original to be a worthy sequel.
Rating: I had hopes for this film because it had Vincent Price and Danielle De Metz but it dropped like a dead fly as it is boring as hell. It’s all too bad as The Fly was a great film.