HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, UK, Dir: Pete Walker

Director Pete Walker’s final feature stars a horror movie dream team: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine. The fearsome foursome complicates the work of a writer (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who hopes to pen a Gothic novel during a single night at the decaying Grisbane mansion in order to win a $20,000 bet. This distinctive thriller filters 1980s gore through the grand traditions of AIP and Hammer horror films.


THE MAD MAGICIAN
1954, Sony Repertory, 72 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

If an unscrupulous businessman and a rival magician stole your wife and all your best illusions, wouldn’t you go mad? Revenge is a dish best served by Vincent Price, whose lethal legerdemain as “Gallico the Great” will have audiences ducking for cover in this B&W 3-D thriller. With Eva Gabor as the ill-fated ex-wife.


PIT AND THE PENDULUM
1961, Park Circus/MGM, 80 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

One of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest tales of terror gets the AIP treatment in this atmospheric chiller starring Vincent Price as Nicholas Medina, whose father was part of the Spanish Inquisition. When news spreads that Medina’s wife (Barbara Steele) is dead, her brother (John Kerr) investigates, only to discover that torture runs in the Medina family. Among the best of the Price-Corman collaborations, with a deliciously diabolical screenplay by Richard Matheson.


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