20 years ago today, the world said goodbye to one of its most gifted actors. On October 25th, 1993, we mourned the loss of Vincent Price.
Charismatic, magnificent, unmistakable, and irreplaceable was Price. Especially influential in the realm of horror, he brought to life a wide range of beloved characters. Cunning Frederick Loren in “House on Haunted Hill” (1959); witch hunter Matthew Hopkins in “Witchfinder General” (1968); vengeful Anton Phibes in “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” (1971); horror movie actor (how fitting!) Paul Toombes, aka Dr. Death, in “Madhouse” (1974). But for any script, any role, any film, Vincent Price was your man.
As All Hallows’ Eve draws nigh, let us remember the man who changed the face of our favourite genre forever.
Hail, but not farewell.
May 27th, 1911 – October 25th, 1993
This is the beating of a human heart… Sit very still and listen. Is your heart beating in this same rhythm? You are experiencing the heartbeat of a dying man, and it is with death and dying that we concern ourselves. What happens at the point of death? — What happens afterwards?
~ Opening Narration (Vincent Price), “Tales of Terror” (1961)