The Vincentennial Celebration
How many names in the All-Time Horror Hall of Fame rank higher than that of Vincent Price? Not too damn many. In the world of horror Vincent Price is Babe Ruth, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison ... a master and an innovator. He took an entire genre and elevated it with his performances. To celebrate the fact that Price would have turned 100 this year, the Portage Theater in Chicago, Illinois, has a special evening planned.
Undoubtedly, actor Vincent Price’s life-long dedication to art has been long overshadowed by his significant contributions to the horror genre since most fans may not even be aware that he was an avid supporter of the arts.
For this writer, if I ever wanted to be alive during another era of filmmaking, my first choice would most definitely be the 1960s. During that time, some of the most fascinating genre work was being created from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Hammer House of Horror, George A. Romero, and of course legendary writer/director/producer Roger Corman.
It’s hard to believe that the iconic Vincent Price would have been 100 years old next week (he was born May 27, 1911), and it’s even harder to believe that it’s been almost 18 years since we had to say goodbye to the beloved actor.