An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970) | A Gallery of Lobby Cards

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To celebrate our Poe, Price and The Core live music and screening event in central London this coming Saturday, here’s a selection of vintage publicity stills from the acclaimed 1970 TV special in which Vincent Price played Poe unplugged.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price performs The Tell Tale Heart in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price performs The Tell Tale Heart in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price performs The Tell Tale Heart in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price dramatises The Sphinx in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price dramatises The Sphinx in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price plays out The Cask of Amontillado in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price gives a career best turn dramatising The Pit and the Pendulum in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price gives a career best turn dramatising The Pit and the Pendulum in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Vincent Price gives a career best turn dramatising The Pit and the Pendulum in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

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Poe, Price and The Core | An Evening of Poetry, Film & Electronica

12321185_10155033159663973_8740640691714491247_nOn Saturday 21 May, a special evening dedicated to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as read by horror icon Vincent Price, will be held in central London.

First up will be POE, PRICE AND THE CORE, a live Poe-gressive rock and electronica musical performance showcasing the velvet voice of Vincent Price as inspired by the Master of Menace’s best-known 1960s Gothic chillers. This will be followed by a screening of the rarely-seen 1970 TV special AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE in which Vincent Price does Poe unplugged in four tales of terror: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum. Plus, some very special surprises!

This will be held upstairs at The King & Queen public house in Fitzrovia, which was where Bob Dylan made his London debut.

Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm, film screens at 8.30pm

This is a FREE event, and a handful of seats have become available so please register using the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-edgar-allan-poe-vincent-price-and-the-core-tickets-23091391975#tickets

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From a Whisper to a Scream soundtrack now available in the UK

From a Whisper to a Scream

Over in the US, Terror Vision have released Jim Manzie’s score to Jeff Burr’s 1989 horror flick, From A Whisper To a Scream, on 180 gram black vinyl, as well in an assortment of colours (depending on if you are a subscriber or mail order). Check out the main theme at the bottom of this post.

From a Whisper to a Scream

It comes packaged in retro style ‘Tip-On’ gatefold jacket with color inner sleeve (featuring some quite hideous artwork) and liner notes by Burr and Manzie (who was thrilled to learn that Vincent Price was attached to the indie project).

From a Whisper to a Scream

Now if you live in the UK, I’ve been able to track down the local outlets where you add this release to your VP soundtrack collection.

STOCKISTS IN THE UK

http://transmissionrecords.co.uk/shop/from-a-whisper-to-a-scream-jim-manzie-cassette/

https://boomkat.com/products/from-a-whisper-to-a-scream-ost

http://www.resident-music.com/productdetails&product_id=37939

https://bleep.com/release/64604-jim-manzie-from-a-whisper-to-a-scream

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/155751-jim-manzie-from-a-whisper-to-a

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Vincent Price London Legacy Tour | Winner of Best Fan Event at Rondo XIV

RondologoWell the votes have been counted and I’m pleased to announce that the VINCENT PRICE LONDON LEGACY TOUR has won BEST FAN EVENT at the 14th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

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And equally exciting is the announcement that Victoria Price has been named MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR, while yours truly here has been declared INTERNATIONAL FAN OF THE YEAR (now that really was a surprise).

Monster Kid

International Fan

Thanks for every so much for your votes and for your continued support in keeping Vincent Price’s legacy alive!

Read all about it here: http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=224

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Cooking Price-Wise | Vincent’s Fish Fillets Noord Zee

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This guest post comes from
Jenny Hammerton of Silver Screen Suppers

Hello, I’m Vincent Price!’
So begins each episode of Vincent’s Price’s glorious television show, Cooking Price-Wise, which launched on this very day in 1971 on ITV at 11.15pm. Lucky television viewers in Britain were given friendly cooking advice from the Master of Menace himself, in six stupendous instalments.

In a traditional striped butchers apron and jaunty cravat, Vincent presented exotic sounding recipes gleaned from glamorous places outside the British Isles. He guaranteed that these recipes could be made with ingredients that any Brit would be able to buy in their neighbourhood store or supermarket. At the time this series was produced, that was saying something…

In the early 1970s many British cooks were strictly ‘meat and two veg’ types, but Vincent aimed to educate and inspire them to expand their horizons. He proclaimed that: ‘in this series of programmes, I hope to take you around the world, using your cooker instead of a jet-plane.’ He wanted to encourage the British cook to try something a little bit different, and would demonstrate some favourite dishes that he and his wife Mary had collected ‘on our travels, here and there.’ Vincent reassured his viewers that, ‘no matter how outlandish some dishes sound to you, or how out of the way the places they come from, they really are quite simple.’

Cooking Price-Wise (1971)

Before the cooking began in the very first episode, Vincent gave viewers a potted history of an obscure little vegetable that was discovered in Peru. He managed to riff about this magical food for a good few minutes without actually revealing its name. At the end of his history lesson he pronounced with great relish: ‘and this, ladies and gentleman, is it!’ Bringing into view a large, mucky example of this very famous ingredient, he pronounced its name in the way only Vincent Price could: ‘the po-ta-to.’ There then followed a demonstration on how to make three recipes using the humble spud. Manhattan Vichyssoise, Pommes de Terre Savoyarde and Fish Fillets Noord Zee.

Vincent cooks in a kitchen set that is a dream come true for those who love 1970s cookware. He uses some beautiful enamel saucepans, white with an orange and yellow design. Scattered around the work surfaces are groovy orange and yellow storage canisters. He grinds salt and pepper from lovely red and yellow wooden grinders, so familiar to those of us who grew up in the 1970s. Inspired by Vincent I treated myself to some decorated enamel saucepans a couple of years ago, and I always think of his cooking show when I use them.

My Saucepan

Vincent was very keen on kitchen contraptions. On the first show he uses an electrical device that produces a ‘whole box’ of perfectly sliced potatoes. He then shows how to use a blender to take some of the work out of making Manhattan Vichyssoise. He jokes that you must remember to put the lid on the blender ‘otherwise you will have a brand new paint job in your kitchen’. He has a lovely, friendly, chatty style as he cooks. Well aware that not every home cook in the 1970s would have a blender, he advises that using a sieve would be just as good, but harder work. Vincent’s obvious confidence in the kitchen would have really encouraged the tentative cook to try out his recipes, I am sure. He really does make the food he is preparing sound easy to make, and delicious to eat.

Cooking Price Wise_Ad_TVT_cropAll of the recipes Vincent demonstrates in the cookery show are included in the book that accompanied the series. Cooking Price-Wise is now an extremely rare and highly collectable cookbook, which was originally priced at just 30p. If you have a spare £1,000 knocking around in your bank account, you could buy one of the only 2 copies available on Amazon. Currently priced at £999.11, you’ll have 89p to play with assuming they throw in free postage. I would never, ever sell my much-treasured copy of this book. It is very bashed about, as I use it often, and it contains my notes on the recipes I have made from its lovely selection. The first time I made Fish Fillets Noord Zee in 2011 for example, my verdict was simple.  Scribbled in turquoise ink, it just says ‘Awesome!’.

Fish Fillets Noord Zee is one of the recipes Vincent demonstrates in the first episode of Cooking Price-Wise. This is a really fun dish to make as it involves putting mashed potato into a piping bag in order to make a series of ‘dykes’ which represent the sea walls in Holland. It’s a pretty bonkers recipe, but is definitely a crowd pleaser if you have guests. Sometimes I feel that making an extravagant dish just for yourself is fun too, so I rustled this up just for myself the other day. I felt like the Queen of Holland having this all to myself.

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In the Cooking Price-Wise book Vincent says: ‘If you don’t feel like cooking fish…other foods can be placed between the potato walls – for instance, you can serve all your vegetables beautifully arranged on one large dish, or a mixture of meat and vegetables can be divided by the walls. Anyhow, the important thing is to use your imagination!’

So my second attempt at this dish contained plaice prepared exactly as Vincent recommended, with his lovely creamy sauce, but instead of mushrooms, shrimps, scallops and herring roes, I used up whatever vegetables I had in the fridge. It was utterly delicious! Here’s the recipe to serve 4, but you can divide accordingly if making for less.


Vincent Price’s Fish Fillets Noord Zee
4 medium potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
Small amount of cream
4 fillets of plaice
½ pint / 284ml dry white wine*
Juice of one lemon
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/4-teaspoon white pepper
4 tablespoons butter
4oz / 112g button mushrooms
4oz / 112g shrimps
4oz / 112g herring roes, floured
4oz / 112g scallops

For the sauce
2 eggs
1-tablespoon flour
1/2 / pint / 284ml cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Parsley to garnish

Cook potatoes in salted water until very tender. Drain and mash. Beat in butter and enough hot cream to make fluffy potatoes that are still stiff enough to be pressed through a fluted pastry tube. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over simmering water.

Poach the plaice in a cup of water, the white wine and lemon juice, with the salt and white pepper added for 5 minutes. Remove the fillets and keep warm. Boil liquid over high heat until reduced to 1/4 pint / 142ml.

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in each of 4 small frying pans. In one sauté the mushrooms for 5 minutes. In another the shrimps for 5 minutes. In a third, toss the floured herring roes for 5 minutes. In the last, cook the scallops for 5 minutes.

Fill a forcing bag, fitted with a large fluted tube, with the mashed potatoes and press out fluted ribbon down the centre of a large serving platter. On one side press out 3 ribbons from centre to edge of platter, making 4 evenly divided compartments. Arrange the fillets on the other side in the long compartment. Put platter into a warm oven to keep warm.

Sauce
In saucepan beat eggs with flour and cream. Strain the reduced fish liquid into the egg-cream mixture and cook, stirring rapidly until sauce is hot and slightly thickened. Be careful not to let it boil. Stir in 1/2-teaspoon salt, or to taste, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

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Pour sauce over the fish fillets only and garnish with parsley

NB – when converting imperial measurements to metric, there is often a slightly odd result. 112g of each of the dyke fillings are a literal translation, but you can, of course, use more or less as you see fit. Also, for American readers, the Imperial pint is 20% more liquid than an American pint. Probably not crucial in this recipe but something to bear in mind when making the sauce.

Vincent ends the first episode of his brilliant cookery show by shaking some salt over his Vichyssoise and tucking in. He signs off by saying: ‘I hope we meet again, good eating!’ and I say the same. Maybe I’ll do another post sometime, for the Vincent Price London Legacy UK blog. Vincent made Dolmades, Moroccan Tagine and Cafe Napoleon in episode 2, so perhaps I’ll try one of these. In the meantime, I do hope you give Fish Fillets Noord Zee a go. Good eating!

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50% Off Vincent Price DVD/Blu-rays – This Weekend Only!

Half Price SelectedThis weekend only you can use this voucher code ‘HALFPRICE’ to receive a 50% discount on TWO Vincent Price titles from Screenbound Pictures.

Witchfinder General – http://bit.ly/1qwQndD
Witchfinder General (blu-ray) – http://bit.ly/1VBV80Y
Bloodbath at the House of Death – http://bit.ly/1SDum3C

Just click on the links to head over to the Classic Film Direct order page.

Hurry! Stocks are limited and the offer ends midnight Sunday 10 April.

For more Vincent Price titles, currently at discounted prices check them out here: http://bit.ly/1RXTyUN

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Rondos 2016 | Vote for Vincent Price!

5434_10153910626354280_5665015165699694296_nHave you voted for this year’s Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards yet?

Please write Victoria Price in for Monster Kid of the Year for her efforts to preserve and promote her father’s legacy. Please vote for anything Vincent Price, but particularly the Vincent Price London Legacy Tour for Best Fan Event.

Thank you for supporting the ‪Vincent Price Family Legacy and the Vincent Price Legacy UK‬! We are so grateful to all of the ‪Vincent Price fans‬!!!

To vote, send your selections, along with your name to this email: taraco@aol.com.

Deadline is 10 April 2016.

Check them all out here: http://rondoaward.com/

Now, let’s bring Vincent home.

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An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Price and The Core

Core Evening Edgar Poe FB BannerYou’re invited to a special evening dedicated to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as read by horror icon Vincent Price on Saturday 21 May 2016 in central London.

First up will be Poe, Price and The Core, a live Poe-gressive rock and electronica musical performance showcasing the velvet voice of Vincent Price as inspired by the Master of Menace’s best-known 1960s Gothic chillers. This will be followed by a screening of the rarely-seen 1970 TV special An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe in which Vincent Price does Poe unplugged in four tales of terror: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum. Plus, some very special surprises!

This will be held upstairs at The King & Queen public house in the heart of London’s up-and-coming Fitzrovia.

Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm, film screens at 8.30pm

This is a free event, but registration is required.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-edgar-allan-poe-vincent-price-and-the-core-tickets-23091391975

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House of Seven Gables (1940) | Vintage US lobby cards

The House of Seven Gables (1940) | US Lobby Card

Recently, I tracked down this fantastic full-set of US lobby cards from the 1940 melodrama, The House of Seven Gables. I do hope you enjoy them as much I do. And if you want to know more about the film itself and watch clips, check out my retrospective post on The Sound of Vincent Price.

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Welcome to the all-new Vincent Price Legacy UK website

portraitWelcome to the Vincent Price Legacy UK website, which has been set up by Peter Fuller, a leading expert in the life and career of the iconic actor, in response to the success of the first-ever festival dedicated to the actor to be held in the UK in November 2015.

This site celebrates Vincent the Anglophile – in both his life and films. Having first visited the UK in 1928 at aged just 17, as part of a European art vacation, Vincent fell in love with London and returned in the mid-1930s to undertake an arts degree at the famed Courtauld Institute. It was a fortuitous stay, as it was while studying in London that Vincent took up acting in a couple of productions at the Gate Theatre, one of which, Victoria Regina, would propel him onto Broadway and beyond. In the mid-1960s, the Hollywood star and the newly-crowned Master of Menace returned to the UK to work on a series of horror and fantasy films for American International Pictures. And this he would continue to do over the next two decades.

Set up as a community forum, where fans can share their stories, art and reviews of Vincent’s UK-made films, this site is hoped to become a companion to the official site run by Vincent’s daughter, Victoria Price, who works tirelessly to promote her father’s legacy in both the US and in Europe.

If you would like to contribute to the site in anyway, please do let us know. Just click on the contact button at the top of this page.

For the latest news, reviews and updates about the Vincent Price Legacy UK, please do check out the Facebook page as well as the Blog and my dedicated YouTube channel which you can subscribe to HERE. And if you’d like to take a journey down memory lane, check out my Rondo Award-winning real-time diary on Vincent’s 1928 European Travel Journal, My First Trip Abroad.

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