With his sinister voice and wicked smile, Vincent Price provided the villainous presence in dozens of horror films. But he was anything but a villain off-screen. Find out how much you know about his life and career with this Vincent Price quiz.
What role did Price play in both his first and final film roles?
Price played a wealthy inventor using the services of a "life management agency" in his feature film debut, 1938's "Service de Luxe." In 1990, he played the inventor who created "Edward Scissorhands," his final major film role.
What movie was the first Price appeared in that included horror themes?
Price had a supporting role in the 1939 version of "The Tower of London," which featured Boris Karloff methodically killing King Richard III's rivals.
When Price appeared in the 1962 version of "The Tower of London," what role did he play?
Price took on the lead role as Richard III (or, rather, the soon-to-be Richard III).
What is the title of the 1959 horror movie, starring Price, that used vibrating devices in theaters to convince audiences that they were being attacked by the movie's monster?
"The Tingler" escapes the movie itself and enters the theater, accompanied by Price's voice warning, "The Tingler has escaped into <i>this</i> theater!"
Price and his wife Mary Grant Price were known for their extensive collection of what?
The Prices' art collection was once valued at $5 million. They donated countless pieces and a great deal of money to establish an accessible collection and museum at East Los Angeles College, and developed collections of fine art prints to help make art more accessible to the general public.
What villain did Price play in the 1960s "Batman" TV series?
Price delighted in playing the bald, brilliant and ovum-obsessed baddie Egghead.
In 1958, Price played the brother of a man whose scientific experiment accidentally turns him into a hybrid human-what?
Price played the brother of the man-fly in "The Fly," a grim story about scientific experimentation gone wrong.
In this 1971 movie, Price played a disfigured man who stalks and murders all the doctors he blames for his wife's death, killing them off in fiendishly creative ways.
"The Abominable Dr. Phibes" was successful enough to spawn a sequel, "Dr. Phibes Rises Again."
Who was the first musician Price worked with, lending his voice to an album released in 1975?
Price recorded spoken word parts on Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" album, also participating in a TV special and concert film.
For what Michael Jackson song did Price contribute a monologue and his trademark evil laugh?
"No mortal can resist the evil of…the Thriller."
Price's appearance as the murderous Professor in "House of Wax" (1953) was part of what trendy cinematic phenomenon?
"House of Wax" was shown in 3D, a fad which has had its ups and downs in cinema history.
In what 1940 movie did Price appear, but only briefly, although his character was in the entire movie?
Price was only on-screen for about a minute in "The Return of the Invisible Man," providing the voice for the unseen protagonist the rest of the time.
Price plays a rich eccentric who offers a cash prize to a group of strangers if they can survive a night in a haunted house where numerous murders have been committed in what movie?
"House on Haunted Hill" was one of several movies that paired Price with director William Castle.
Price starred in a series of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. What director helmed all of them?
Working on Poe films with Corman cemented Price's reputation as a horror star.
"The Haunted Palace," though part of the Price/Corman series, is not based on a Poe story, but rather on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," by what horror author?
Despite being based on a Lovecraft story, Corman still placed quotes from Poe stories at the end of "The Haunted Palace."
Price had another notable interest, aside from collecting art. He wrote several books and even starred in a TV series about it. What was it?
Price wrote several cookbooks and had his own cooking show, "Cooking Pricewise."
What kind of character did Price play in 1974's "Madhouse"?
Price's role as an aging horror star was probably not much a stretch for him (except for the madness and murdering).
One of Price's most significant early roles was not in a horror movie, but in a classic noir film. He played the fiancé of a woman who'd been murdered. Meanwhile the detective investigating the case seems to be falling in love with the dead woman, whose name was...
"Laura" is considered one of the best noir films of all time.
In what movie did Price play a classic actor who is mocked by critics, then returns from seeming death to exact his murderous vengeance on them all?
Price plays a character with the unlikely name of Edward Lionheart in "Theater of Blood."
The title of this 1963 horror movie, starring Price, was also used as the title of an Ozzy Osbourne album.
"Diary of a Madman" is based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant.
In 1971, Price played a number of characters in a Canadian sketch comedy show aimed at children called "The Hilarious House of ___________."
"The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" is, let's be honest, pretty obscure, even in Canada.
Price was an honorary board member of what advocacy organization?
Price, who had been very supportive of his daugher when she came out as being gay, was made an honorary member of PFLAG.
Where did Price go to college?
Price earned a degree in art history while at Yale.
In what movie does Price play a vampire who invites a human friend to a special nightclub for monsters, all part of the frame story for a trio of short horror tales?
"The Monster Club" is an unsettling mix of comedy and creepy horror.
In 1983, Price appeared in a bizarre spoof of '70s and '80s horror movies. What was it called?
"Bloodbath in the House of Death" features alien murder-clone monks and sex with a poltergeist.
For most of the 1980s, Price acted as the host to what PBS television series focused on crime and sleuthing, known also for its Edward Gorey animated intro sequence?
Price was the perfect "Mystery!" host, with his blend of macabre musings and mischievious arched eyebrow.
While Price worked with musical artists several times, he only released one single on his own. What was it?
Price's 1976 rendition of "The Monster Mash" probably seemed like a sure thing, but it was not a success.
On what 1977 television episode was Price bitten by a vampire frog while acting as guest host?
Price teaches Kermit the Frog to become a vampire on "The Muppet Show" and is promptly bitten for his efforts.
Price only portrayed the Devil once in his career, in a non-horror role in what movie (about Satan and the Spirit of Man going head-to-head in a courtroom drama set in outer space to defend humanity's right to not be obliterated by a bomb)?
"The Story of Mankind" sounds like some kind of trippy '60s movie, but it came out in 1957.
In what horror classic did Price play a sadistic hunter of witches and warlocks in 17th century England? The movie is known for its particularly gruesome scenes of torture.
"Witchfinder General" was released with the title "The Conqueror Worm" in the U.S.
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