Monday, 23 May 2011

Vincentennial: Day Two | Seeing Roger Corman and my fellow Price fans was a real Hi-Pointe

Screenings of The Raven and The Abominable Dr Phibes at the Missouri History Museum and House of Usher and Masque of the Red Death at the Hi-Pointe were the focal point of the fourth official day (my second) in the Vincentennial.

Apart from the fabulous prints of the two Poe films that the folks at Hi-Pointe were able to screen (the Masque of the Red Death print was Joe Dante's personally-owned copy), there were a few treats in store for Vincent Price fans. Tim Burton's Vincent was screened, and Roger Corman himself was in attendance with his wife and partner Julie (she's the one to thank for Syfy's OTT Sharktopus). Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas was the perfect choice to interview Corman on stage about his very long career. The Hi-Pointe cinema filmed the interview, so hopefully it will become available in the not too distant future.

It was real thrill to be able to hear Corman talk, but I got a bigger thrill when Vincentennial organiser Tom Stockman pointed me out to the attendees as having come all the way from London for the event. The round of applause that followed was quite heart-warming. Thanks everyone for making me feel so welcomed, especially Cliff and Brian at Hi-Pointe.

The event was also a chance to catch up with my fellow Vincent Price fans, including Rick Squires, the curator of the rather fantastic Vincent Price Exhibit, Danny Fulce (who luckily bagged Corman's autograph), and Jonathan Malcolm Lampley, the author of Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price (which sold like hot cakes after the screenings).

What a day. May the celebrations continue.

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