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Vincent Price Blogathon: The Saint

It’s the day of the Vincent Price Blogathon, when we celebrate one of the most iconic, elegant and versatile actors ever to grace the silver screen, Vincent Price. Most of us know him for his huge catalog of horror movies, but Price was also a star in film noir and in costume dramas, he had a fine comic spirit and one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood.

He worked in movies, TV and radio, and outside of his acting career, he was an art expert and an excellent cook.

The blogathon is hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and Cinematic Catharsis, so point your browser in that direction, for a huge selection of posts about Vincent Price, his life and his art.
And then come back here, because we are going to take a look at a side of Price’s work hat is often overlooked, and we’ll explore Price’s own take on one of the great iconic characters of classic thriller fiction… Simon Templar, aka The Saint.

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Insomnia Movies: a Night with Dr Anton Phibes, part 2

For reasons beyond fathoming, Robert Fuest’s 1972 Dr Phibes Rises Again was distributed with the title of Frustration, thus severing any connection with the previous entry in this short-lived franchise. But it was not frustration that caused me to watch this movie right after the first one, but plain old insomnia.

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Insomnia movies: A night with Dr Anton Phibes, part 1

I first saw The Abominable Dr Phibes, the 1971 Robert Fuest movie, back in the ’80s, on a late-nite horror retrospective hosted by RAI 3, the “intellectual” and “left wing” channel in Italy’s state TV. I am pretty sure I saw it in black and white, which of course is a crime, because part of the wonder of this old horror movie is the colors and the looks.
So I re-watched it last night, back to back with its sequel, as I was going through a bout of insomnia.

The Abominable Dr Phibes is classified as a horror-comedy (or vice-versa), and still it is pretty gruesome and it does have a melancholic streak, and a certain tragic greatness.

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Three for the Long Shadows

This is the Weekend of Long Shadows, as we celebrate the birthdays of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.


I will not bore you explaining how much these three gentlemen kept me company as a kid. There was a time when their movies were everywhere and at least once a week you’d be able to catch on of their works on the TV.

To celebrate these old friends, I’ll be re-watching three of their movies today.

First, The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, featuring Peter Cushing.

Then, The Mummy, featuring both Cushing and Christopher Lee.

And finally, The Raven, with Vincent Price (and Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson…)

It’s going to be a good day.


The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon: The Bat, 1959

For many, if not most members of the public, Agnes Moorehead will be the flamboyant and evil (or should we rather say “bitchy”?) Eudora from Bewitched. And it’s a pity, really, because Moorehead was a great character actress and had along and distinguished, and varied, career.
Indeed, such were her achievements, that now we are having an Agnes Moorehed Blogathon, thanks to the blog In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.


So please follow the link to check out the many, many fine blogs being involved, and then come back here as we’ve got a mysterious serial killer, a lot of embezzled money and an old dark house. And rabies-carrying bats.
Plus Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price.
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