by Aimee Levitt
If you've read this week's feature story "Back From the Undead" about Vincentennial, the 100th birthday celebration for Vincent Price, the biggest movie star ever to come out of St. Louis (and why, pray tell, wouldn't you?), you're undoubtedly eager to participate in the festivities. RFT calendar editor Paul Friswold and his crack team of writers have created a complete day-by-day rundown of all the events. Just think! you can see a Vincent Price movie (or two) every day for the next week!
And some of them promise to be very, very special.
When The Tingler first came out in 1959, its director, the legendary schlock-meister William Castle, boasted that it had been filmed in something called Percepto!, which made the viewing experience very realistic indeed. For the Vincentennial showings on Friday and Saturday, the festival's mastermind Tom Stockman recruited Bruce Goldstein of New York's Film Forum to recreate that wonderful and unique experience. (No, it does not involve the LSD that Price's character, Dr. William Chapin, uses in some of his dire experiments.)
Also showing Saturday is Theatre of Blood, Price's personal favorite of all his films (and this Daily RFT correspondent would have to agree that he had excellent taste).
But that's not all!
Rick Squires and Robert Taylor, two of the collectors of Price-iana featured in this week's RFT article, will be on hand at the Sheldon Galleries to talk about some of the pieces on display. Squires will give his lecture on Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m., while Taylor will talk on Price's actual birthday, Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m.
Alas, some of Price's greatest performances will not be represented at Vincentennial. But there's no reason why you can't enjoy them on your own right now.
It's likely you've seen this one before, but it's so good, it bears (yet) another watching. Note the name on the marquee of the theater:
If there is any justice in the world, Price's narration of Vincent will become just as legendary as Boris Karloff's in How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
More after the jump... And now for something completely different:
One of Price's greatest charms was that he was totally unafraid of spoofing his image:
Or appearing in a polar bear suit to hawk wine coolers:
What's your favorite Price performance?