9 CLASSIC HORROR FEATURES FROM THE ‘MASTER OF MENACE’.
Contained herein is a collection of works from Vincent Price, affectionately known as the “Master of Menace”. Price first broke into horror films in the 1950’s where he remained an important player in the genre all the way through to the late 80’s. Vincent Price unfortunately passed away in 1993 but his legendary character portrayals, especially in the horror field, will live on for many years to come. Sit back, turn out the lights and enjoy this wonderful collection of carnage from a true master of the horror genre.
The Abominable Dr Phibes
One by one, Vincent Price kills off a team of doctors who failed to save his wife on the operating table. Due to injury in an auto accident, Phibes has no face or voice. He devises gruesome ends for the doctors, each death patterned after one of the plagues brought down on Ramses in ancient Egypt — from bats to locusts.
Dr Phibes Rises Again
This sequel to the stylish 1971 melodrama The Abominable Dr. Phibes once more stars Vincent Price in the title role. Long believed dead, Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way.
By consensus, Vincent Price’s finest performance among his gallery of horror-movie rogues comes in Witchfinder General, the intense 1968 film that erased any hint of camp from the actor’s persona. Price plays Matthew Hopkins, a sadistic 17th-century “witchfinder” who uses barbaric methods to identify (and invariably execute) supposed witches. Along with Price’s disciplined work, Witchfinder is also the best film by the talented and ill-fated director Michael Reeves, who was only 24 when he shot the movie. The final sequence is perhaps the most harrowing fade-out of any Sixties horror picture, and offers no comforting resolution.
Tomb Of Ligeia
Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die.
The Haunted Palace
In this chilling adaption of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward”, Charles Dexter Ward (Vincent Price) travels with his wife Ann (Debra Paget) to Arkham to inspect a mansion he has inherited. The original lord of the manor was his Great Grandfather Joseph Curwen, a disciple of the devil, who placed a hideous curse on the villages as they burned him at the stake. Slowly Ward feels the spirit of his ancestor possessing him and seeking a desperate vengeance on the descedants of those who previously thwarted his plans. Accursed mutants…evil possession…will anyone escape The Haunted Palace?
House Of Usher
When a beautiful young woman’s suitor arrives to ask her hand in marriage, the doors of the mysterious house of Usher fling open…and terror begins. It seems the young woman’s brother is violently oppos- ed to her planned marriage and resorts to macabre ends to prevent the tainted Usher blood from spreading to future generations.
House On Haunted Hill
The sinister Price invites his enemies to spend the night in his decaying, old, creepy mansion with a violent past. He offers them $10,000 each if they can spend the whole night there. He gives each one a tiny coffin with a gun enclosed and then comes up with all sorts of devices to cause them to use the guns on each other.
Masque Of The Red Death
The Masque of the Red Death is Roger Corman’s, and most people’s, choice as the best of the Edgar Allan Poe pictures. Masque offers the expected creepy atmosphere and violence against peasants, plus metaphysical ponderings and pointed satanic cruelty. Death and Debauchery reign in the castle of Prince Prospero (Vincent Price), and when it reigns… it pours! Prospero has only once excuse for his diabolical deeds–the devil made him do it! But when a mysterious, uninvited guest crashes his pad during a masquerade ball, there’ll be hell to pay as the party atmosphere turns into a danse macabre!
The Last Man On Earth
Screen legend Vincent Price stars in this, the first, and finest, adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic horror/sci-fi novel I Am Legend. After a plague wipes out the human race, Dr. Robert Morgan (Price) struggles with loneliness – and his sanity as the monotony of the unending days broken only by his daily hunts for vampires! One day on his solitary travels he runs across another human: is she a mirage, or real? This existential masterpiece ratchets up the tension, and keeps it up, until the last thrilling frame.