Vincent Price’s Poe


I first saw An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe when I was in high school, already enamored with Poe’s works, so you can imagine what kind of a treat discovering this film was for me. I wasn’t familiar with Vincent Price prior to this film, but I was active on a lot of literary forums back then and a fellow forum member recommended it to me, and from then on I was instantly hooked.

In this movie, Vincent Price reads four of Poe’s stories: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Pit and the Pendulum. The film is wonderfully made, and the music perfectly captures the atmosphere of Poe’s stories. Actually, the atmospheric writing is what I most admire about him, apart from his elaborate writing style.

I don’t think there’s anyone better suited for Edgar Allan Poe’s intensity than Mr. Price. Did you know that he was a huge Poe fan himself? He even visited the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. The museum is located there to commemorate Poe’s stay, even though he didn’t live there.

Mr. Price has made numerous recordings where he reads Poe’s stories and poems, but the highlights of his Edgar Allan Poe projects are the movie adaptations. This is where his genius truly shines and where he brought the genius of Poe to the mainstream. He made a total of seven movies starting with my favorite, The House of Usher, and went on with The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Comedy of Terrors, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia. All of them are such wonderful movies, I really recommend you to see them all.

The ‘Poe atmosphere’, as I mentioned earlier, is embodied perfectly, and Vincent Price as a leading man is amazing. The leading ladies are breathtaking and beautiful, just like I always imagined them when I was reading Edgar Allan Poe’s works. They are always these troubled, neurotic dames, and Poe always wrote about their beauty.

I love watching these movies. I watch at least one of them every month. I make myself some fries with my deep fryer from, pour myself some soda, and have the best cinematic experience. Some would say that red wine would be a better fit for a Poe film, but I would hate to be a cliche, and I like being a rebel.