Friday, 19 August 2016

Vincent Price Ale to launch at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016

The Vincent Price Legacy UK is proud to announce the release of the first officially licensed Vincent Price Ale in the UK, which will be launched during Horror Channel FrightFest in London over the August Bank Holiday.

When he wasn't hosting ghoulish parties in haunted houses, preserving maidens in wax, or filling his Theatre of Blood with the corpses of his critics, legendary horror film actor Vincent Price (1911-1993) liked nothing better than to sit back and imbibe a wicked brew – the darker the better, of course. Although hailing from the American mid-west, Vincent was a lifelong Anglophile, and that classic British combination of pie and ale were firm favourites of the Missouri-born actor, art expert, raconteur and epicurean.

In honour of the Master of Menace, the Vincent Price Legacy UK and Kentish ale brewers Hopdaemon have conjured up the first Vincent Price Ale (VPA), which we've called Black Cat – a name that's a fitting tribute to Vincent's frightful encounters with meddlesome moggies and possessed pussies in the cult classics Tales of Terror (1962) and Tomb of Ligeia (1965).  


This specially-crafted VPA (which has a 4.6% alc vol) may be wrapped in a dark cloak, but it tastes like a crisp Indian Pale Ale, which will certainly surprise your taste buds. Currently available only in 330ml bottles with a fantastic label designed by legendary British poster artist Graham Humphreys, Black Cat gets its launch at this year's Horror Channel FrightFest where it has been especially invited to be one of the sponsors.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Listen now to Vincent Price's The Book of Joe read by his daughter


 In the tradition of classic dog stories like Anna Quindlen’s Good Dog. Stay. and JR Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip, Vincent Price shared the heartwarming tale of his 14-year love affair with his mischievous yet endearing mutt Joe in the wonderful 1961 memoir, The Book of Joe: About a Dog and His Man, which is now out on audiobook, narrated by his daughter Victoria Price. 

 Check it out on audible.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Vincent Price: The Art of His Life | An American Southwest and Hollywood tour celebrates the legacy of the iconic actor


WELCOME TO CAMP VINCENT II | 4-13 NOVEMBER 2016
Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Vincent Price, actor, art lover and Renaissance man? Well, following the success of our London tour last year, Peter Fuller and Victoria Price invite you to join them for a two-part US adventure that will encompass Vincent’s passion for indigenous art and provide a spirit of adventure that’s at the core of the Prices' philosophy to ‘Explore! Savor! Celebrate!’.

From New Mexico to Arizona and then from Hollywood to Malibu, you will experience the Art of Vincent’s Life with the people who knew him best: his daughter, Victoria and members of the Price family, who will be your guides as we explore native American pueblos, art and culture, which was something their dad was deeply passionate about; visit the Vincent Price Art Museum at the East Los Angeles College; tour his former Hollywood homes and favourite haunts, and be invited to an special remembrance service at the Price family’s much-loved beach.

Here’s a rundown of the itinerary, which has been split into two separate sessions. You can join us for both, either, or some of the Southern Californian and Santa Fe sessions. Whatever you decide, we can’t wait for you to join us on this truly amazing experience.

For ticketing and information, head over to the website: http://www.vincentpricetours.com/



THE SOUTHWEST ADVENTURE | NEW MEXICO TO ARIZONA
Friday 4 November to Thursday 10 November

FRIDAY: 4 NOVEMBER
As a warm-up to our tour, a welcome dinner will be held in Albuquerque for those who be joining us for the next six-days. You night's stay in Albuquerque is not included in the Southwest Adventure session.

SATURDAY: 5 NOVEMBER
Our tour kicks off proper with a day trip out to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, one of the one of the most cultural and historical areas in the US, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leading us will be VB Price, who first visited the site 1960 while studying anthropology at the University of New Mexico, and who was so entranced by the place that he made it the basis of his 1998 book of prose, Chaco Trilogy. We will end the day with a dinner at the Range Café in Bernalillo, a classic diner, where Vincent, Barrett, and Victoria often ate together. After our dinner, we head off to Santa Fe.

Note: A list of recommended hotels in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will be provided so that you can book your own three-night stay.



SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER & MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER
In Santa Fe, a city famous for spirited creativity, Victoria will guide you through the city’s vibrant local arts and dining scene, escort you on day trips to some popular Northern New Mexico destinations, and deliver a special presentation on her dad’s life and enduring legacy alongside a special film screening at an independent movie theatre. We will also visit the Institute of American Indian Art, where Vincent’s early legacy endures.

TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER
We will set out on our big road trip through New Mexico and Arizona. Our first stop will be the historic Acoma Pueblo, one of the most beautiful Pueblos atop a mesa, and famous for its fine-line pottery. It was a great favorite of the Price family. We will stop for lunch at Gallup’s iconic El Rancho where we can follow in the footsteps of many of the stars from Hollywood’s Golden Years who traveled the iconic Route 66. We will then spend Election Night at the beautifully-restored La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, the last great railroad hotel designed by Mary Coulter and built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company. During our one-night stay, you will have the chance to dine in the Turquoise Room, which was featured in A Treasury of Great Recipes.




WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER
We next take a full-day guided tour led by a Hopi guide, who will bring us to some of the most beautiful and private areas of the three mesas that comprise Hopi. A lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center will feature typical Hopi cuisine. We will end the day with a visit to a store featuring the work of the best contemporary Hopi kachina carvers, before our one-night stay in Sedona.

THURSDAY: 10 NOVEMBER
Our road trip continues through the gorgeous red-rock canyons of Sedona, with visits to some of its most famous Native American galleries, as well as a hike at one of the famous energy vortex rocks. Our Southwest Adventure ends in Phoenix, where you can set off home or onto Los Angeles for any or all of our second session events.

Note: Our Southwest Adventure includes two-nights accommodation in Arizona; one special dinner; all tours and special events; and ground transport from Santa Fe to Phoenix. You will arrange your own lodging in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and purchase your own meals for the remainder of the trip. Air transportation is not included. A list of recommended hotels will be provided to help you book lodgings.



THE HOLLYWOOD ADVENTURE | LOS ANGELES TO MALIBU
Friday 11 November - 13 November

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER
For the second part of our tour, we have designed separate sessions, which will suit those who want to do other activities while staying in LA.

Hollywood Adventure passholders will enjoy at visit to the East Los Angeles community college art museum that bears Vincent’s name. This is a public event, but will include a personal guided tour of the collection, which includes many of the pieces of art and sculpture that were donated by Vincent and his wife Mary.

Note: We will provide a list of recommended hotels in Los Angeles to help you book your own lodging while staying the city.

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER
Have you ever wanted to take a peek as Vincent’s former homes and favourite haunts? Well, this half-day tour, personally led by Victoria, will do just that. Plus, we will get to savour LA’s famous food trucks to recreate the culinary adventures that Victoria and Vincent shared together.

In the evening, we will be holding a suprise dinner and presentation at a surprise location.

SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER
Heading out to Point Dume and Nicholas Beach in Malibu, where Vincent’s ashes were scattered out at sea, we shall join a special remembrance service and luncheon led by Victoria. This final day session also marks the end of our tour where we'll say… Goodbye Again (the title of a play Vincent performed in the 1950s)… until Camp Vincent III (which is already in the works).

NOTE: The Hollywood Adventure includes all ground transportation, Friday lunch, and Friday and Saturday dinner. Air transportation and airport transfers are not included in this package.


We hope this year’s tour will have something for everyone. Our Southwest Adventure is priced at US$1450, while our Hollywood Adventure will be $400. If you want to join us for the whole tour (which includes all the individual LA sessions), we shall be offering a special limited time price of US$1850.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT, please click this link to pay a non-refundable deposit of US$100.

http://www.vincentprice.com/collections/all/products/100-non-refundable-vip-deposit-to-vincent-price-the-art-of-his-life-2016

We have a limited number of spots available, and more interest than space. (If you do not end up being able to join us, then you will receive some great Camp Vincent merchandise, comprising two posters, one T-shirt, and a copy of the 2016 reprint of Come Into The Kitchen, due out in November). Payments can be made in installments.

Thank you for your interest in this amazing opportunity: Camp Vincent II: The Art of His Life. We know you will enjoy living like Vincent as you Explore, Savor, and Celebrate the American Southwest and Hollywood!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Celebrate Vincent Price's 105th Birthday with these Limited Edition Collector's T-shirts

Today marks Vincent Price's 105th birthday. To celebrate we have a very special offer. Grab one or more of these limited edition T-shirts this weekend and you'll get £5.00 off the normal price of £18. Hurry while stocks last! Offer ends 12m't Monday 30 May.



Featuring retro Glow-In-The-Dark green ink, our An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe T-shirt is based on the design from the original promo art used in Vincent's 1970 TV special and comes in medium and large sizes.

Follow this link to make your purchase: http://www.vincentpricelegacy.uk/product/vincent-price-glow-in-the-dark-tee/


Created especially for the annual walking tours of the London locations used in the 1973 black comedy horror, Theatre of Blood, this classic black T-shirt features Vincent Price in his greatest role, the vengeful Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, and comes in medium and large sizes.

Follow this link to make your purchase: http://www.vincentpricelegacy.uk/product/vincent-price-theatre-of-blood-location-tours-t-shirt/

Happy Birthday Vincent!


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Vincent Price's Dracula: The Great Undead | Watch the 1982 documentary now!


It was on this day in 1897 (26 May) that Bram Stoker's Dracula was first published. In this 1982 documentary, Vincent Price explores the historical myths surrounding the vampire legend, from the medieval ages through today. Here's the documentary in full to watch.


Monday, 16 May 2016

The Vincent Price Movie of the Week | While the City Sleeps (1956)

A killer is on the loose and smarmy media tycoon Vincent Price makes catching him the passport to a key job in his organisation. Ambitious rivals George Sanders and Thomas Mitchell are prepared to do almost anything, but both need the help of TV anchorman Dana Andrews.


In his last-but-one US film, director Fritz Lang casts a cynical eye over the world of popular journalism and the murder investigation takes second place to the assorted shifty dealings in the office. Ida Lupino, Rhonda Fleming and Sally Forrest all have a share in the twisting plot and the way in which they become pawns in the male characters' power games gives the story some of its most impressively sour moments.

It was on 16 May, 1956 that the thriller had its US premiere, before going on general release on 30 May.  And for your viewing pleasure, here it is in full.



While the City Sleeps (1956) Fritz Lang from Niney Holms on Vimeo.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970) | A Gallery of Lobby Cards

http://www.vincentpricelegacy.uk/an-evening-of-edgar-allan-poe-1970-a-gallery-of-lobby-cards/


To celebrate our Poe, Price and The Core live music and screening event in central London this coming Saturday, check out my vintage publicity stills from the acclaimed 1970 TV special in which Vincent Price played Poe unplugged. Just click on the poster above.

Monday, 25 April 2016

On this day in… 1975 | Vincent Price hosted Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare TV special


DID YOU KNOW?

The Alice Cooper TV-special The Nightmare, based on his first solo album Welcome To My Nightmare had its US debut on 25 April 1975.

In Emmy-award winning special, Alice Cooper plays his album's narrator, Steven, who is trapped in a nightmare from which he cannot escape. Vincent Price, who originally lent his iconic voice to the introduction to The Black Widow, appears as the Spirit of the Nightmare, who guides Steven through his experience. All 12 tracks from the album were performed, with the addition of Ballad of Dwight Fry from the Love It to Death album.

In 1983, the TV special was released on VHS and Betamax home video in the US, but was later discontinued. Now this is one that so deserves to be given a HD restoration. Don't you think?

5 BITS OF TRIVIA
• Alice Cooper originally conceived a Welcome to My Nightmare film that was radically different from what the album, concert and this tie-in TV special ultimately became. He met with director  Daniel Mann to discuss the project on the set of Journey Into Fear (1975), where he was introduced to Vincent Price, who ended up not only supplying the narration to The Black Widow, but also a starring role in the concept as a whole.

• Alice Cooper later recalled, Vincent 'was in his element because he had me on a leash... I said, "Don't be afraid to yank the leash. Make this like one of your movies where I'm just like this little pet of yours that you're showing around!”

• When Vincent showed up at the studio to record his vocals for The Black Widow, he shocked onlookers by arriving in a Hawaiian shirt and striped pants. Alice ommented that Price looked like Ronald McDonald, and there was talk of renaming his character, Jolly MacAmbre, Tour Guide at the Pasadena Palace of Insects.

• The special was shot in Toronto, where Cooper's favorite beer was unavailable, so he had 40 cases of Budweiser shipped in to get him through the filming.

• Vincent reprised his role live on stage for a December 1975 concert at Lake Tahoe. 








Monday, 18 April 2016

Vincent Price Movie of the Week | The Mad Magician (1954)


Shock-horror. The Great Gallico (Vincent Price) has almost made it as a top illusionist in the gaslit music hall. Then his ex-boss, Ormond, turns up - and impounds all Gallico's best tricks, saying he holds the copyright for the basic ideas. This makes the magician mad... very mad...


For his title role as the a vengeful illusionist in this 1954 Grand Guignol chiller, Vincent Price swotted up on a dozen real magician's tricks, and became quite accomplished at such things as making a stream of water run out of a sword, producing a girl from a flower pot and making a man vanish through a wall.



Originally filmed in 3-D, which accounts for all those bits and pieces thrown at the camera, it's not a magic patch on Price's big 3-D hit of the previous year, House of Wax, but in its own cheerfully lurid way it does the trick. Patrick O'Neal, later briefly to rival Price in the chillmaker field, makes his film debut as the goodie…  Watch it now…


The Mad Magician (1954) by MargaliMorwentari