|Tales of Terror: The Films of
Screenings of these films will take place at the Aero March 25 - 31, 2005.
When he began his film career at Universal Pictures in
1938, Vincent Price was already an established stage star, celebrated for his
portrayal of Prince Albert opposite Helen Hayess legendary Victoria Regina. On the
screen, Price was initially cast in romantic leads, but soon proved better suited for
character roles, at his best as a treacherous and/or effete villain in movies such as
DRAGONWYCK, LAURA and others. In a career spanning more than 100 films, Price managed to
demonstrate exceptional versatility in an extraordinary variety of roles ranging from Sir
Walter Raleigh to Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith.
However, to successive generations of fans who squirm with uneasy pleasure at the sound
of his mellifluously sinister voice, Price was one of the greatest icons in Horror Cinema.
Through the 3-D terrors of HOUSE OF WAX, the delirious William Castle quickies of the late
1950s (THE TINGLER, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL), the gorgeous Roger Corman cycle of Poe
adaptations in the 1960s (MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, TALES OF TERROR), the campy
terrors of the "Dr. Phibes" films and beyond, Price perfected his own blend of
murder, madness and mayhem, leavened with grace, style, a touch of sweetness and a good
measure of humor. Its no coincidence that one of Prices favorite roles was as
the demented Shakespearean actor wreaking vengeance on his critics in THEATRE OF BLOOD.
Although Price was a great deal more than just a star of horror films, in his best
horror roles, he was unsurpassed. So please join us as we remember him with this short
series of his most wickedly entertaining "Tales of Terror" - !!
Friday, March 25 7:30 PM
THEATRE OF BLOOD, 1973, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. Douglas
Hickox. A tour de force for Vincent Price as a Shakespearean actor who uses
"thematic" murder methods to dispose of the critics whove panned his stage
portrayals. Featuring a Whos Who of great British acting talent, including Diana
Rigg, Ian Hendry, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley and Prices own wife, Coral Browne.
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, 1971, MGM/UA, 94 min.
Director Robert Fuest, a veteran of "The Avengers" TV series, brings his
flamboyant visual style and tongue-in-cheekiness to bear in this 1920s tale of the
disfigured Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price), a madman bent on vengeance after the
accidental death of his wife. Trying to dodge various deadly biblical plagues along the
way Phibes preferred method for dispatching enemies -- are Joseph Cotten,
Terry Thomas and Peter Jeffrey. Producer
Stanley Mann will introduce THEATRE OF BLOOD. Production Designer Brian Eatwell will
introduce DR. PHIBES.
>> Both films also playing at the Aero on March 27.
Saturday, March 26 5:00 PM
Vincent Price + William Castle Double Header!!
THE TINGLER, 1959, Columbia, 82 min. Vincent Price stars
as a scientist who believes fear can cause a hideous parasite dubbed "The
Tingler" to grow on the human spinal column at moments of greatest terror. William
Castles wildly inventive B-movie shows what can be done with a great hook,
no-nonsense direction and the amazing Vincent Price in the lead!
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, 1958, Warner Bros.,
75 min. Morbidly whimsical millionaire Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) offers five
guests $10,000 each to spend the night in his mansion, a haunted house with a homicidal
history. The vastly underrated Carol Ohmart is delightful as Annabelle,
Prices amoral, murderous wife. One of director William Castles most
entertaining frightfests. With Richard Long, Elisha Cook, Jr. Film historian David Del Valle (who produced and hosted
the DVD, "Vincent Price The Sinister Image" will introduce the screening.
>> Both films also playing at the Aero on March 31.
Saturday, March 26 8:30 PM
Poe/Price/Corman Double Feature!!
TALES OF TERROR, 1962, MGM/UA, 89 min. Director Roger
Corman followed up the extraordinary success of HOUSE OF USHER and PIT & THE
PENDULUM with this trilogy of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all starring Vincent Price in
the lead. "Morella", a short tale of familial madness starts things off,
followed by a hybrid of "The Black Cat"/"Cask Of Amontillado"
co-starring a deliciously unhinged Peter Lorre as a cuckold bent on retribution
against his lecherous friend, Fortunato (Price). "The Facts In The Case Of M.
Valdemar" closes the macabre festivities with Basil Rathbone as a mesmerist
determined to hypnotize his dying charge, Valdemar (Price) to come back to life after
death. The Rathbone and Price combo here is especially potent, and this last tale remains
one of the most genuinely creepy in the Poe/Price/Corman film collaborations.
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, 1964, MGM/UA, 89 min. The most
visually hypnotic of Roger Cormans celebrated Edgar Allan Poe cycle, MASQUE
stars the wonderful Vincent Price as Prospero, a sadistic medieval Prince who holes
himself up in his labyrinthine castle as a refuge against the terrible plague stalking the
countryside. With Hazel Court, Jane Asher and Patrick Magee. Superb cinematography by
future-director Nicolas Roeg (DONT LOOK NOW, MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH).
>> Both films also playing at the Aero on March 25.
Wednesday, March 30 7:30 PM
New 35 mm. Print Ian Ogilvy and Philip
Waddilove In Person!
WITCHFINDER GENERAL, 1968, MGM/UA, 98 min. Although he
made only four features before his tragic death at age 25, British director Michael
Reeves left an indelible mark on gothic horror with his brooding tales of madness and
hysteria. Vincent Price stars here in one of his most brutally terrifying roles, as
real-life witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins, dedicated to ridding England of suspected
satanists and instead falling prey to his own horrifying, repressive methods. Ian
Ogilvy is equally good as a young soldier trying to end Hopkinss reign of
terror. Were delighted to be showing a brand-new print off the original camera
negative of the UK version of the film, courtesy of MGM/UA! Discussion
following with actor Ian Ogilvy and producer Philip Waddilove.
>> Also playing at the Aero on March 26.