There hasn’t really been anyone that has come close to the campiness and class of Vincent Price. The man had a charisma and aura about him that was wildly infectious and absolutely incredible to behold. Plus, he embraced his horror inclinations with an enthusiasm that has yet to be matched.
His passing in 1993 left a hole in the horror community that, in my opinion, has yet to be filled. We don’t have anyone that has that same mystery and that same magnetism, which is sadly disappointing. While I understand that those are some very large shoes to fill, I wish that someone would at least try.
Ahead I have three suggestions of people I think could pull off becoming the new, modern “Vincent Price”. Check them out and then let me know your thoughts on who else you’d recommend!
From fantasy (Lord of the Rings) to sci-fi (Dredd) to horror/action (Doom), Karl Urban has always played his roles with dedication, intensity, and charm. He’s one of my favorite actors to see on the big screen and I’d be all for him taking up the crown that Price left behind.
This is the man behind some of the most incredible horror characters we’ve seen over the past decade and more. He was the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, a Gentleman in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, has appeared in “Falling Skies”, “The Strain”, and Quarantine, and this is only scratching the surface.
His love of playing monsters, be they good or evil, is why I feel he’d be wonderful as a “Price”-esque figure. He could be the man who exposes the magic of horror, showing how elegantly it needs to be made and crafted.
Already sharing the same first name helps his cause, but Cassel’s real magic is the wide berth of characters he’s portrayed. From classy and sophisticated in Ocean’s Twelve & Thirteen to a psychopath in Sheitan, from wild yet driven in The Crimson Rivers and Irreversible to scummy and smarmy in Brotherhood of the Wolf, Cassel has shown a diversity in characters that is rivaled by few.
The same with Karl Urban, Cassel is one of my favorite actors to appear on the screen. If he’s in a movie, it’s almost certain that I’ll buy a ticket.