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A Tribute to Vincent Price

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by ranranami

A lover, and some might even say expert on art and food, a brilliant dramatic actor, and an even more brilliant character actor who chewed the scenery so well in his performances that he might as well have seasoned and sauteed them first. A man who could bring such charm to his role that even the lowest budget picture he might have worked on had an air of class to it regardless of the plot or dialog. Yes, my friends, it’s finally time – – to talk about my idol, Vincent Price.

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I legitimately tried to think of one role he was lackluster in, one part Mister Price was just obviously in need of a paycheck. Even the many many advertisements he sponsored later in his life. Nothing came to mind. He was just that good. What’s more, half of his villains I couldn’t help but love. Except, of course, for the rare few he played an absolute bastard. Don’t let that fool you though, he was very good at that too.

Born in 1911 in St. Louis to a pretty well-off family, he had the good fortune to begin life with a good education, unsurprisingly getting a bachelors in history and language at Yale. This was also where he began to act, and later in life he would return to a production he likely knew very well, playing Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore which I can’t recommend enough if you’re fond of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Expanding his education at the University of London, studying art and even more history, his acting career began. In fact, he worked with Orson Welles’s Mercurey Theatre. It wasn’t long before he moved on to Broadway, and in 1938 his film acting career began. Dragonwyck (1946) is probably one of my absolute favorite early pictures of his before he truly blossomed as a well-known horror actor in particular. His roles were so varied that it would be impossible to list them all here without turning this short tribute into a lengthy biography, but suffice it to say House of Wax (1953) really marks when the horror element of his career took off.

He did fantastic voice-work in radio, and if you ever get the chance you absolutely have to dig up some episodes of The Saint, wherein he played a sort of detective crime-fighter with a Robin Hood flair.

Vincent was also a bit of an art philanthropist, donating 2000+ works from his collection over the years to the LA College and helping create the country’s first teaching art collection. He wrote many wonderful cookbooks (one of which I’ve had my eye on for several years, A Treasury of Great Recipes). If the world had a dozen more people like Vincent Price, I can’t imagine we wouldn’t have a modern renaissance. Sadly, however, there was only one. A legend in his or anyone else’s time. All that being said, here is a wonderful tribute by LordStoneRaven.

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Featured Phobia: Catoptrophobia (fear of mirrors)

Posted in People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2019 by ranranami

Say that one three times fast. Catoptrophobia, catoptrophiblia, catroptohobi…Let’s just call it fear of mirrors. This should be one we’re all well aware of, and why not? Everyone is raised on some myth about a monster in the mirror, usually Bloody Mary, sometimes Candyman if you prefer horror movies to stories. When we’re toddlers, we learn about object permanence, and examining your reflection is a major part of the process. It’s also oddly magical in a manner of speaking. You see yourself, and deep down the primitive part of your soul may wonder whether that’s actually you looking back, or something far more sinister.

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Catoptrophobia isn’t really about fearing the mirror itself. It’s the reflection. Reflection of the self, of objects, or even words being mouthed. Some people find this fear so entrenched that even seeing a shiny surface that can reflect an image back, whether it’s clear or not. A vast majority of sufferers associate mirrors with the supernatural, and these fears can often stem from religious or superstitious beliefs. Sometimes it merely relates to poor self image, as with those suffering from body dysmorphia.

Gradual exposure, psychotherapy, and ‘talk therapy’ through support groups are common ways of treating this fear. However, given that it can relate to concerns about the supernatural, even homeopathic remedies might have a place for the sufferer who believes in them. At the end of the day, my only real advice to you is fairly simple. You can run, you can even hide your reflection, but never break a mirror. I think you know why.

Additionally, I can’t resist sharing this scene from my favorite Nightmare on Elm Street film (part 4), so for those who haven’t seen it – – you may want to sit this one out.

Horror Flick of the Week

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to preface this by saying this is not the greatest anthology film of all time, but it is one of the most iconic. Obligatory pretentious ‘every true horror fan’ (or at least the ones old enough to have grown up with video store memories) remembers the image of the vicious little tribal doll with his sharp teeth and endless torment of poor innocent Karen Black – – which, incidentally is one reason I’m featuring this movie for the week. Karen Black.

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She was memorable. A character actress who may not be absolutely infamous in the mainstream, but still left her mark in 70s tv movies and independent film. Directed by Dan Curtis, based on stories by Richard Matheson, trilogy of terror is a fun and cheesy exploration of Karen Black’s character acting skills. It’s junk food. It’s relatively tame by today’s horror standards. Yet some elements of the movie are still a little disturbing. They stick with you, and if you watch it once, chances are you’ll come back again for several re-watches of Trilogy of Terror.

 

A Tribute to Elsa Lanchester

Posted in Media, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2019 by ranranami

I have never seen a silver siren more enchanting than the young Elsa Lanchester. I have never seen a more amusing screen character as a wife or a nurse than Elsa. I have never seen any other actor who could compare to all of the wonderful facets of Ms. Lanchester’s personality.

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Though in an interview I’d like to share with you in this entry, it was clear she had no fondness for Isadora Duncan, I can forgive her this. Born into a moderately controversial family in 1902 (English socialists, radicals, anti-marriage, and at one point Elsa’s mother was committed to an asylum by her grandfather to prove a rather angry point). Elsa’s first dream in life was becoming a dancer, and she spent a couple of years at Isadora Duncan’s Bellevue School before her education there was cut short by the approaching dangers of WW1. So she attended another school, and at the age of 12 was teaching dance to other girls for room and board.

When she was 18, Elsa made her stage debut and also founded the Children’s Theater. Her early career was very colorful, as Elsa danced and sang onstage and in a night club she co-owned with Harold Scott. After a few small pictures with friends, she went on tour to Broadway and was eventually picked up by MGM in the golden age of studio contracts.

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Elsa did not pick one or the other, nor did she take breaks. Throughout her life she did constant theatrical work, laboring over music revues and night club acts, while making her occasional film appearance. The Bride will always follow modern audiences in memory, even for those who have ye to see the film, because she was just that wonderful.

Halloween 2019 Playlist

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to be honest, there was very little rhyme or reason to this Halloween playlist except to have something playing in the background at your Halloween party if you want something for the wallflowers to watch. Or, you know, the horror nerds like us who like just about everything Halloween!

 

Horror Film Outtakes

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2019 by ranranami

 

We’ve seen some fantastic pictures of Boris Karloff in full make-up enjoying his morning tea, and Vincent Price palling around with the gang in their coffin set pieces, but what about the bloopers and the outtakes in the horror films we cherish?

Horror Flick of the Week: The Ritual

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2019 by ranranami

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Yet again Netflix brought another unexpected excellent horror film to the table that I sat down and watched on pain of death. That means my mom made me watch it, but I was pleasantly surprised. A young man is traumatized after his friend is murdered and goes on a vacation about a year later with their remaining group, haunted by more than just bad memories. What I loved about this film is that at the end there were so many things to discuss and figure out, scenes to reflect on. My favorite type of movie, horror or otherwise.