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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.

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 31 – 49)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2019 by ranranami

Some like to say the printed word is dying (which I disagree with) and others say that magazines will be a thing of the past in the future. Honestly, that one’s harder to argue against. Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a three-pack at the store of Halloween-themed magazines I won’t name. I was so excited to get a bunch of fun recipes and pictures and craft ideas, but in actuality all I found were a bunch of ads for junk I’d never buy. That’s all magazines are now unless you’re paying premium prices. Look back to older publications like this, though, and the ads are few/far-between, and they certainly don’t dominate the whole thing. Ah well, rant over. Enjoy these awesome stills, pranks, and fun articles. Bonus points to the awesome ‘Mad Magician’ page about Vincent Price and his many colorful deaths.

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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?

Halloween Cross Stitching

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by ranranami

Gosh, my crafts section sure looks pretty empty. How about we spruce some things up this month with a few crafts? This year, our method of choice isn’t going to be your traditional pumpkins and knives, but needles, scissors, magnifiers, lights, fabric, and grids.

Alright, alright, so maybe it’s not as simple as most crafts. In fact, the patterns I drew up today aren’t terribly simple either, and may not be for the faint of heart. BUT they sure are fun to look at! Don’t worry, guys, if you’r not a cross stitcher there will still be plenty of fun stuff to do this month. Junk for the kids, cocktail ideas for the adults, movies, comics…etcetera. Hey, it’s October! That’s what this blog is all about!

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Halloween Playlist 2016

Posted in Halloween Junk, Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2016 by ranranami

This year I’m going to try something a little different for the Halloween party playlist. Instead of music, I decided to bring you all back to your childhoods, or perhaps give the kids something to pass the time after their late night trick-or-treating festivities are over, and they’re far too tired to sort their candy out before bed. This list contains cartoons, classic tv shows, and even commercials that I’ve gleaned from Youtube.

Alas and alack, they may eventually be taken down, but certainly not before this year’s Spooky celebrations. So, without further ado, I give you…My Halloween 2016 Party Playlist!

Some of the videos may not play on the blog, but don’t worry. You can find the direct playlist here!

Horror flick of the Week: Madhouse (1974)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2015 by ranranami

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Some time ago, Madhouse was briefly referenced in a Netflix instant watch list. So now I suppose it’s time to tell you guys my verdict: I absolutely love this movie. As a die-hard Vincent Price fan, how could I not? Its an extremely campy film made during his later period, and pretty much gives Price constant screen-time.

I’m recommending this one, because it’s not one of his more commonly-watched movies. In fact, it had taken me ages just to discover Madhouse. Probably because it doesn’t really stand on it’s own, but because of Price’s history. A tongue-in-cheek kind of horror film that references several of Prices older and (at the time) even more recent works. Madhouse is a great movie to finish up a Vincent binge, but it’s also a great movie to start it with if you’re already familiar with him. If you’ve been avoiding Madhouse based on the cover, or perhaps simply because you haven’t heard of it, I urge to watch this one as soon as possible.

Good Kitty

Posted in Media, People with tags , , , on October 25, 2014 by ranranami

While I prepare for the podcast today, here’s some pictures of Peter Lorre and Vincent Price with cats.

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