As the undisputed king of American gothic
, Vincent Price
holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher
(1960), Tales of Terror
(1962) and The Raven
(1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price
’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price
chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman
wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge.