Help! Vincent Price Recommendations please

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  1. 4Gotten1

    4Gotten1 Guest

    Sadly, the last Vincent Price movie I saw was many years ago on "Elvira". I think it was The Fall of the House of Usher. I'm really into old Hammer films & typical Universal stuff and can't get enough of anything by Mario Bava. But my Vincent Price / MGM library lacks. I'm always seeing the MGM Midnight Movie double features of films like:
    Theater of Blood / Madhouse
    The Fall of the House of Usher / The Pit and the Pendulum
    The Masque of the Red Death / The Premature Burial
    The Haunted Palace / The Tower of London
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes / Dr. Phibes Rises Again
    The Comedy Of Terrors / The Raven
    And so on...........

    I'm interested in buying one or two of these disks to start. I'd appreciate any suggestions on where to start. What do you like? Dislike?
     
  2. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    The Dr. Phibes films are a lot of fun....as good a place to start as any, I think.
     
  3. Luna

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    The Masque of the Red Death is my choice out of the ones you listed, though really, you can't go wrong with Mr. Price. :)

    Oops, I pasted the wrong one from your list before! :lol:
     
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  4. Damage

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    I'll second the Doctor Phibes recommendation. All those titles are pretty fun. I'd also recommend the Scream and Scream Again / Oblong Box Midnite Movies disc.
     
  5. Damage

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    Take off to the Great White North, eh?
    Forgot to mention, Last Man on Earth is probably Price's best movie and it's on a MM double-feature disc. Get it!
     
  6. Cujo108

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    I think Masque of the Red Death is the best film he's done, so you should definitely give that one a go.
     
  7. jscott

    jscott Guided By Voices

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    The Last Man on Earth is my personal favorite VP flick, but you can't go wrong with either of the Phibes flicks. Another one to consider, if you like campy horror, is The Monster Club.
     
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    You can't go wrong with any of the Vinnie movies from the MM collection. Grab whichever ones you find first. Judging from your tastes you won't be disappointed no matter which ones you choose.
     
  9. Ash28M

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    Masque of the Red Death and Witchfinder General are his two best films IMO.
     
  10. eric_angelus

    eric_angelus Testacular

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    Masque of the Red Death is outstanding...a real visual treat to the eyes...and a good, strong story as well.
     
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    If you can find it there is a great cheap dvd of the last man on Earth and the house on haunted hill. That would be a perfect introduction to the great Mr. Price.
     
  12. onebyone

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    It isn't a MGM Midnite Movie, but it is worth your while to find The Tingler if you like that kind of thing. It is one of my favorite Vincent movies. It is great campy goodness. I only wish I could see it at a theater with the effects hooked up. You know, like the movie Popcorn, without the crazed killer.
     
  13. jscott

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    Make sure you pick up the version says WIDESCREEN in a red banner on top of the cover. That one has a nice 2.35/1 print of LMOE, as opposed to the pan & scan print used on the first Diamond release. Haunted Hill looks great too, probably ported over from the WB Laser Disc.
     
  14. Tuzotonic

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    Keeping in mind that I think that Price is the greatest horror actor ever, I recommend almost every film he was in. My personal favorites out of the bunch are Theater of Blood, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Dr. Phibes movies, Madhouse, and House on Haunted Hill. Go out and buy the one that looks good to you right away.
     
  15. 4Gotten1

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    Great recommendations and advice. I feel a bit more confident now that I've heard much positive feedback. I'll certainly weight it all as I'm standing in Best Buy scratching my head! Seriously though, I'm looking forward to my first viewing. I'll let you know how it goes. :)
     
  16. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    I have yet to see Price in a truly bad movie. All of the MGM Midnight Movies with Price are great...always entertaining!
     
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    I don't think theres a loser in the whole bunch you listed.The PHIBES films and THEATRE are terrific,stylish and wickedly funny.Theres a lot to love in his William Castle pics as well,THE TINGLER is out through Columbia I think,and Warner's has a nice HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL too.If you're multi regional THE WITCHFINDER GENERAL is one of Price's darkest,non camp pictures,it's out in region 2.As to the Poe's MASQUE is gorgeous to look at.Truly one of the great men of the genre,Vincent Price !
     
  18. CasEjonz

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    Vincent Price's magnum opus is the Original HOUSE OF WAX, and from the Midnite Movies collection, there is one that is called "AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE/TOMB OF LIGIEA" The "Evening of..." has Vincent reading several E.A.P. stories and is quite good. I recommend highly. LIGIEA is not to bad, surprisingly my wife liked it, and she is not a genre fan at all.
     
  19. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    I'd definately say the Dr. Phibes movies are at the top, but for actual Price performance, you can't go wrong with Haunted Palace, Evening of Edgar Allan Poe or Tales of Terror.
     
  20. dwatts

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    I'd go with the Corman Poe pictures, any of them really (Pit and Pendulum is really good). Otherwise, House on Haunted Hill is pretty damn good. The Bat is good, but I've not seen a decent version of that, so it's something to be avoided.

    Price is very good, though I wouldn't place him as the "best" horror actor due to his incessant campness. I never really take him too seriously in any role. As I say, he's very very good though, and the Corman Poe films are cheap two-fers which offer great value for money.
     

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