The Price Is Right: Vincent Price Matinees!

Co-presented by Scream Factory and Friday Night Frights

 

 

No other icon in cinema history has embodied blood-curdling horror across the decades like our main man, Vincent Price.  A face and voice that exemplified the genre for the better part of a half-century, Price has left an impression in pop culture so deep that his spooky cinematic legacy endures even to this day, amongst a whole new generation of fans born too young to have seen his films the first time around.   Join us and our friends at Scream Factory for a series of October weekend matinees, as we celebrate the legacy of this undisputed master with a ghoulishly glorifying retrospective!

Plus, at the shows, we’ll be giving away copies of Scream Factory’s brand-new Vincent Price Blu-ray box set, as well as other SF Blu-ray and DVD titles!  Scream Factory’s “The Vincent Price Collection” comes out on October 22nd.

 

Witchfinder General

Inquisition-sploitation!
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10/27/2013 - 5PM

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A nasty, tasty little bit of late ‘60s Inquisition-sploitation, Witchfinder General mixes the period horror film and revenge picture to devastating effect. Vincent Price headlines as the titular persecutor who roams across medieval England to purge small villages of their possessed. It quickly becomes all too clear what he really is: a total bastard less concerned with battling demonic forces than with profiting off of specious claims of witchcraft — and when he callously violates the fianceé of a British soldier, the real drama kicks in. Price, never one to be associated with “light and frothy”, brings a potent, camp-free villany as he exploits, threatens, and murders his way through what is arguably the darkest ninety minutes American International Pictures ever foisted on a unsuspecting movie watching public. Piled on top are authentic English countryside locations and a supremely grimy Dark Ages vibe, which all tie Witchfinder General together into an indelible slice of humanistic medieval evil.
Dir. Michael Reeves, 1968, 35mm, 86 min.

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The Pit and the Pendulum

Gleefully brash, gibbering terror!
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10/20/2013 - 5PM

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If Roger Corman’s Poe adaptation House of Usher is a delicate work of grotesque art, then The Pit and the Pendulum is its gleefully brash sibling, a delicious popcorn muncher of the highest order. Vincent Price has a field day alternating from gibbering terror to teeth-gnashing insanity (sometimes in the same scene), nicely guided along by a spectacular, twist-filled screenplay by the late, great Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man) — plus, Europe’s favorite scream queen Barbara Steele makes a vivid impression in her relatively brief screen time. More than any other Corman film, Pit features amazing pacing, as it piles incident upon incident to create an incipient air of madness seemingly trapped within the very frames of the film. During the famous climax which finds one unfortunate victim suffering beneath the title device, Corman goes berserk with distorted lenses, psychedelic colors, and rapid editing, all accompanied by Les Baxter’s unnerving, experimental score. Simply put, no other Corman/Poe film is this much sheer fun, and the last ten minutes still pack a tremendous kick with an unforgettable, terrifying final image.
Dir. Roger Corman, 1961, DCP, 85 min.

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The Haunted Palace

The first-ever Lovecraft adaptation!
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10/12/2013 - 2:30PM

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Poe and Lovecraft come together for one of the most unusual Vincent Price chillers of the Sixties. Sounds a bit odd, eh? Technically, only the film’s title comes from a classic Poe(m), as the whole Roger Corman-helmed shebang’s really based on Lovecraft’s short story “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”; it’s the first-ever Lovecraft film adaptation, how cool is that? Set in one of H.P.’s most familiar locations — the New England burg of Arkham — Corman unfolds the tale of Vincent Price in a dual role: an inheritor of a large estate (Price #1) who finds out that his ancestor (Price #2) was burned at the state over a century earlier for being a warlock. Seems the terrified townsfolk weren’t wrong, for the ancient dude employed the infamous Necronomicon to summer the Elder Gods, Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth — and even now, the townies blame deformities plaguing Arkham on the ageless curse. Moody, broody, and co-starring the always-fun character actors Elisha Cook, Jr. and Lon Chaney, Jr., The Haunted Palace is Price at the top of his smirking, fully regal game.
Dir. Roger Corman, 1963, 35mm, 87 min.

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The Fly (1958)

You Will Not Believe Your Compound Eyes!
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10/5/2013 - 4:45PM

Standing side by side in the “seminal science-horror monsterpiece” department with Cronenberg’s landmark Eighties remake is this classic 1958 slice of terror. Directed by Kurt Neumann (Rocketship X-M) and starring our man Vincent Price, the original tale of a scientist who accidentally fuses his DNA with that of a common housefly was a total scream-inducing shocker to audiences of the time, and remains one of the iconic frightfests of its time. Featuring great performances and ghastly make-up effects, this Technicolor treasure pushed Atomic Age anxieties into the kinds of horrific places that are still fresh to this day. The Fly would be well worth celebrating even if it weren’t for the presence of Price — but who’s complaining? Hop in your teleporter and join us for this master class in slow-building dread!
Dir. Kurt Neumann, 1958, DCP, 94 min.

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