Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Vincent Price, one of horror’s greatest icons. Not only did he have a wealth of horror movies under his belt, he possessed a charisma, a charming, engaging presence that few actors since have held. He also had one of the most recognizable voices in entertainment history. When he spoke, it was impossible to not listen. And what he could do with just his voice was nothing shy of incredible, his range of emotion seemingly endless.
Price was born in St. Louis, MO in 1911 and began acting in 1938, when he starred in Rowland V. Lee’s Service de Luxe. His first foray into horror came in 1939, when he starred in Lee’s Tower of London, opposite Boris Karloff. He was most popular in the horror genre in the 50′s and 60′s, starring in such films as The Fly, Tingler, House ON Hanted Hill, just to name a few. Price was also widely used in many film adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe, including House Of Usher, The Masque Of Red Death, The Raven, The Pit And The Pendulum, and more. Price’s last film role was in Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. He passed away in 1993 in Los Angeles, CA.
Below are two videos that I feel represent Price. The first is Price reading Poe’s “The Raven”, which I feel shows his love of literature, horror, and the power of his voice. The second is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, which features a monologue and a fantastically creepy laugh from Price, showing how his work touched those even beyond the silver screen.
R.I.P Mr. Price. Your work will live in infamy and your voice still resounds after all these years.