Monday, 24 September 2012

Vincent Price visits the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Courtesy of a friend, I received this photo today of Vincent Price with Dr Ferdinand Eckhart, Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada on the sculpture garden roof in 1972. It was on display as part of the musuem's 100th birthday celebrations, which runs until 30 September 2012. Vincent was visiting the Canadian city as part of his job with Sears promoting their art collection. He and his second wife Mary later donated a painting by Canadian artist Carole Thompson to the musuem, entitled Seated Man. Do you know more about Vinnie's visit? If you do, do let us know.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

House of the Long Shadows - Restored at last?

Pete Walker's 1983 horror pastiche House of the Long Shadows might not be the greatest film ever made, but it was a real coup to have Vincent Price, John Carradine, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee all appear in the same film together.

Owning this time piece has been a bit of a challenge. The 1980s VHS version was typical of the era, muddy and out of focus; while the recent MGM Limited Edition and Spanish DVDs were just very, very dark. Now comes a restored version on DVD through Final Cut Entertainment in the UK and on Blu-ray in Germany through Koch Media. Will they be any better than what we have already seen before? I don't know, Im waiting for the DVD (released just yesterday, 17 September) to arrive. But if anyone has seen them, I would love to hear your views.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Meet the man who shot Vincent Price – and Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine

Proud Gallery, Chelsea, London
13 September 2012

Last night I got the chance to chat with Terry O'Neill at his book signing for All About Bond, an exhibition of his photographs taken during all of the 007 movies. While everyone was drooling over the fantastic pics, I was keen on asking him about his photographic session with Vincent Price, John Carradine, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee for the 1983 horror comedy, House of the Long Shadows, which is getting a restored DVD release on 17 September.

Being a good friend of Chris Lee's, O'Neill was called up by his old chum to swing by the studios where all four of the actors were shooting scenes together. It was all done and dusted in an afternoon and despite being done off-the-cuff, the result speaks for itself. A lovely candid shot, with just a hint of cheeky menace. And who can help but melt for Cushing's puppy-dog eyes. Thank you Terry.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Little Shoppe of Horrors' Dr Phibes retrospective coming this Halloween

Halloween cannot come soon enough as far as I'm concerned as the next issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors will be dedicated to the two Dr Phibes films starring Vincent Price. Here are the front and back covers created by the Rondo award-winning artist Mark Maddox. Brilliant work!