Thursday, 18 February 2010

Catch Vincent Price in glorious high-definition on MGM HD

MGM HD, the new high-def channel on Sky 345 is showing a terrifying trio of classic Vincent Price films on Sunday 21 February, 2010.

First up, The Pit & the Pendulum at 9pm

Then there's Tales of Terror at 10.25pm

Finally, catch the brilliantly bonkers Theatre of Blood at 12m't

What a treat for Vinnie fans.

The Long Night score released

Screen Archives have just released the 1947 score to The Long Night, which includes music not used in the final film, produced using RKO acetates from the Dimitri Tiomkin Collection at the University of Southern California Cinema and Television Library.

Anatole Litvak’s The Long Night was a gritty slice of film noir remake of Marcel Carne’s 1939 masterpiece of poetic realism, Le Jour Se Leve. The Long Night features Henry Fonda in his prime, and a great over-the-top performance by Vincent Price.

In a drab Midwestern industrial town, blue collar war veteran Joe Adams (Fonda), popular with friends and neighbors, inexplicably murders flamboyant magician Maximilian (Price) for unclear reasons. Although hordes of police and snipers surround his tiny one room apartment and escape seems impossible, Joe refuses to surrender. During the siege he reflects about his romantic relationships with two women, wholesome Jo Ann (Barbara Bel Geddes) and hardened showgirl Charlene (Ann Dvorak), both of whom also share a history with Maximilian.

If you haven't had a chance to catch this classic, then do go out and rent/buy the movie and then the score. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Witchfinder General on BBC2, 5 February, 1am

Catch Vinnie in the chilling Michael Reeves classic tonight on BBC2.

Plus, catch Dr Gangrene's look at the 1967 film.