On this day 1911, legendary horror actor Vincent Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Celebrated by horror fans of all ages for his gentlemanly yet sinister presence and famous, playfully foreboding voice – Price remains one of the genre’s most respected figures.
We’ve celebrated the actor’s birthday since Popcorn Horror began – and this year we present ten ideas for how you might want to pay tribute to the horror icon on what would have been his 107th birthday.
1. Watch The Entire Poe adaption series back-to-back
Forget ‘Netflix and Chill’ and invite your horror buddies over for an Edgar Allan Poe marathon. Back in the 1960s, Price teamed up with B-Movie director Roger Corman to bring the tales of Poe to the big screen. The series of films are considered among his best work in horror, and they have a distinct, dreamy quality to them that makes them eerie even today.
The collaboration began with House of Usher (1960), with six films to follow; The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Tales of Terror (1962), The Haunted Palace (1963) , The Raven (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). That’s a lot of Vincent to keep you busy!
2. Read About His Life
Mr Price didn’t just have an impressive film career, he was a writer, chef, art enthusiast, father and more. There’s so much to discover about this fascinating man’s life and work!
Some of the books you could check out at Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography – written by his daughter Victoria Price. Dog lovers might want to read The Book of Joe, a memoir written by Price about his much loved dog and companion.
3. Cook one of Vincent’s Recipes
Price was an avid cook for most of his life, and during his career wrote several cookbooks. Silver Screen Suppers has a few of his celebrated recipes available for you to try out.
4. Craft a creative tribute to the man himself
A few years ago, we shared 104 artist tributes to Vincent Price. There’s plenty of inspiration there for you to get started on your own creative Vincent tribute!
Traditional sketch, collage, cartoon, sculpture – anything at all! Make sure you share your Vincent creations with us.
5. Make shrunken heads from apples
Back in 1975, Price teamed up with Milton Bradley to create one of the coolest kids toys ever. Using everyday apples, he made it possible for children to make their own shrunken heads at home. Perfect for little ghouls who like all things morbid!
The original ‘Vincent Price’s Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit’ is long out of print, but there’s plenty of tutorials around that will allow you to recreate this 70s fun in Vincent’s memory.
6. Watch some of his children’s TV specials
As well as a figure of fright, Price often lent his well-loved voice to kids TV shows, as well as making appearances. Some of his roles included The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and more.
7. Take A Bath
8. Listen to music featuring the icon
Everyone knows about Vincent Price and his part in Michael Jackson’s Thriller. But Vincent actually teamed up with a lot of musicians, and continues to inspire music today. Some classics include his rendition of the Monster Mash, Welcome To My Nightmare with Alice Cooper, and How to See Ghosts or Surely Bring Them to You.
He’s even inspired more recent music including Vincent Price by Zombina & The Skeletones, and The Ghost of Vincent Price by Wednesday 13.
9. Make this distinguished looking paper doll
The pattern was designed by Pippa Toole. Artist in LA LA Land Illustration
10. Have a drink!
Perhaps even recreate this hilarious scene – Vincent Price vs Peter Lorre in Wine Tasting Contest!