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31 Days of Halloween with The Kelly Society Day 14 - The Spookiness of Vincent Price

31 Days of Halloween with

The Kelly Society

Day 14

A gigantic silver blade swings back and forth just inches above a young man’s chest getting lower and lower as he lay strapped down on a slab of stone. Will he be saved? Or, sliced in two?

Who was at the helm of that terrifying tale? Edgar Allen Poe, of course. Who could act out the dastardly role in that tale? Vincent Price in The Pit and The Pendulum.

Hi, it’s Roger. My wife and I own Luna Books and we help Vivien with research when she’s doing paranormal cleansings.

One of the most renowned actors from frightening movies that gave us all a chill down our spine was Vincent Price. Vincent scared us in horror films of the 1960’s and beyond, but he was also a dapper gentleman who’s artistic talents went far beyond acting. I’d like to share some of his many facets and spookiness!


Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor best known for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. He was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri.

Some of the films of Vincent Price

Vincent and friends Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre joking around on the set of The Comedy of Terrors.

Albeit, Vincent’s ability to give his audience tingling thrills was always exhilarating, that was only one of his talents. He had a smart and fun sense of humor, authored his own gourmet cookbooks, and created the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, California. Vincent also had a degree in Art History, and was an art collector and consultant. He lectured and wrote books on the subject.

For anyone who didn’t know, Vincent Price recorded that famous frightening narrative voice over in the middle of Michael Jackson’s hit song Thriller. Below is the Utube clip of Vincent reciting the Thriller rap live on The Tonight Show with Joan Rivers sitting in for Johnny Carson.

Unfortunately Vincent is no longer with us, but I’m sure he would wish us all a spooky and thrilling Halloween!

Happy Hauntings to all!

Roger for

The Kelly Society

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling

We love Vincent Price. (By "we," I mean my husband, our boys, and I.) I was fortunate enough to meet his daughter at The House of the Seven Gables a couple of years ago. She had only wonderful things to say about her father. He was a true gentleman.

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