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The Vincent Price Collection

by Ken Tasho
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Sunday Nov 3, 2013
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Don’t fall off of your chair, but this horror connoisseur had never seen one single Vincent Price movie in his life. Thankfully, that has all changed thanks to Shout Factory. "The Vincent Price Collection" is everything I’d hoped it would be and more.

A collection of 6 classic Price films on Blu-ray are included here and for a decent price of about $60, you can’t go wrong. Each movie is introduced by Vincent himself, culled from a 1982 horror series filmed in Iowa.

We start off with "The Pit & the Pendulum," and from the first eerie scene I was hooked. This Edgar Allen Poe story is brought to life in vivid color and with famed director Roger Corman behind the lens, every frame is a kooky hoot. "Pit" is known for its spine-tingling ending where the pendulum is used on an unsuspecting victim. Other features on this film are an audio commentary by Corman and a rare prologue.

The other film on disc one is "The Masque of the Red Death," another Poe Story. This one starts out slow and gets crazier around the halfway point. Price plays Prince Prospero, an evil ruler of a small village. When a rare plague hits the village, Prospero invites people to his castle, where he tortures them. Corman directed this one also, and is interviewed as part of the special features.

Perhaps the most famous of Price’s films is "The Fall of the House of Usher." This is my personal favorite of the 6 films here, and Price plays the title role. He is the protector over his ailing sister, and when her lover comes to the Usher house for a visit, all hell breaks loose. Corman does another audio commentary here.

"The Haunted Palace" is another of Price’s "house" films. This one takes place in New England, as Mr. Price inherits his grandfather’s house where a curse was placed on it 100 years prior. "A Change of Poe" is the lone special feature for this film.

Rounding out this tremendous collection are 1968’s "Witchfinder General" and 1971’s "The Abominable Dr. Phibes." Neither is up to par with the previous 4 feature films, but both are enjoyable for Price’s over-the-top, yet genuine, performances.


"The Vincent Price Collection"
Blu-ray
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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