No Halloween feels complete without honoring one of horror cinema's favorite gentleman -- the great Vincent Price. The Gothic god's iconic voice, pitch black humor and near elastic, melodramatic expressions served him well through a colorful career not only as one of horror's leading men, but also as an art and antique collector, gourmet cook, quiz show enthusiast, author and ghoulishly delightful raconteur.
The elegant and eccentric Price made a career for himself in theater throughout the 1930s before arriving on the big screen in the 1938 romantic screwball comedy, 'Service de Luxe.' It was his second role, however, that caught the attention of filmgoers -- the part of idle playboy Shelby Carpenter in the 1944 noir classic 'Laura.' There's sometimes confusion amongst fans as to what Price's first horror role was. He starred alongside fellow genre mavens Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone in 1939's 'Tower of London,' which plays out more like a Grand Guignol costume drama than the true blue horror classics we've come to associate the actor with. 'The Invisible Man Returns' is usually cited as Price's first horror film role, even though he only appears in the movie for a minute or so -- relying instead on his speaking talents for the disembodied voice of the wrongly accused Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe.