What would the holidays be without Vampira?
Halloween is here and once again I had a blast contributing month-long posts to the Countdown to Halloween blog-a-thon. I thought I would end the celebration of all things ghoulish and spooky with an illustration featuring Forrest J Ackerman’s vampire from outer space, Vampirella. I also included a vintage comic book version because I couldn’t decide which version I liked better.
Funny, absurd, schlocky, at times horribly acted, and often downright creepy, William Castle’s 1959 horror opus, The House on Haunted Hill is all these things and more. Certainly my favorite of Castle’s filmography, House is also one of my favorite Vincent Price roles. Price seems to relish playing the ghoulishly smug Frederick Loren, and really, Price is the best thing about the film. His canny knack for pulling off even the most terribly written dialogue is something he brings to every role, and in House on Haunted Hill we see him at his smarmy best, delivering lines with that famous raised eyebrow and slight smirk.
Above is my own take on a movie poster for the film, using the tag line of “the 13 Greatest Shocks of All Time” that can be seen in many of the newspaper ads for the film.