The Halloween season has begun! And though I will be shilling Seamus Cooper's new novel pretty relentlessly during this time, I'd like to also recommend other Halloweeny delights.
Let's begin with Vincent Price, shall we?
You do know how awesome Vincent Price is, right? He is pretty much the greatest horror actor ever, though you could make a case for Christopher Lee as well. He made a shit ton of movies, and I am not going to say I've seen them all, but I did go through a period where I was watching a bunch of them. So here are my favorites.
3. Masque of the Red Death
Price chews scenery as the evil duke Prospero. He makes his subjects crawl on the floor and bark like a dog! Just because he can! He's awesomely cruel and awful and...well, let's just say after he kills some people and kidnaps a virgin and makes the guy bark like a dog, stuff starts to get weird. This one is also a gorgeous festival of supersaturated color.
2. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
People are being murdered. In really strange ways. Biblically strange ways. Who could be responsible? Does the title of the movie give us any clues? Price is awesome as Phibes, and the movie is much funnier than I expected it to be. The cops on Phibes' trail are actually pretty hilarious. Price gives a great performance despite not really speaking very much (or at all? I can't remember) during the movie.
(Note--some people will tell you that Theatre of Blood belongs in the Top 3, but to me, Theatre of Blood is a not-as-good version of Phibes.)
1. The Comedy of Terrors. Price is evil again, though in a much more pedestrian way than in the others. Here he just wants to get drunk, get away from his wife, and have a lot of money. But he's an undertaker, and business is not good. Peter Lorre is his assistant. How's a broke undertaker supposed to drum up business? Any ideas? If you're into dark humor as I obviously am, this is really not to be missed. I knew the word comedy was in the title, but I didn't expect it to be this hilarious.
This roundup of horrific goodness is brought to you by Seamus Cooper's new novel, Terror at the Shore. Read the first of the four interlocking novellas for free here! If you like what you see, please buy it for Kindle, Nook, or Kobo (no link yet, but it'll be there, trust me!) on Monday October 1 so we can pump up the sales ranking. And thank you!