By VICTORIA PRICE with LEONARD HUGHES
It's no mean feat to whittle the best of the Vincent Price
ouvre down to a mere 10 films. But we've engagedthe daughter
of the fright-film legend to do just that -- and some of
the selections may surprise you.
10. Service De Luxe
My father was always very disappointed by this film. But
when I finally saw it, I thought he was a lot better in
it than he thought he was. And he was SO handsome.
His first starring role. And a precursor to the Vincent
Price of the Poe films.
8. Champagne for Caesar/His Kind of Woman
He had so much fun making these two movies. And it shows.
7. The Song of Bernadette
A classic film. And the first film where you can glimpse
the future Vincent Price film persona.
6. The Raven
Another film where he had a hell of a good time. And it
comes through in his performance.
5. Leave Her to Heaven
Not one of his biggest roles, but a very good one in a very
4. House of Wax
Well, what can you say. A classic.
3. Edward Scissorhands
I loved my father's gentle performance in this film. It
still moves me.
2. Theater of Blood
He was an amazing speaker of verse. I loved to hear him
get a chance to perform Shakespeare on film, even if he
was force-feeding poodle pie or frying my future stepmother.
I think this film allows me the closest glimpse of a side
of my father's personality as a very young man that he rarely
showed. The Southern young man. Not that he was a cad. But
he was a well-off, well-bred Southern boy. But more than
that, it was an extraordinary ensemble cast, a great director,
and a wonderful story. I never get tired of this film.
WITH VICTORIA PRICE
Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography by Victoria Price
is available from St. Martin's Press and online through Amazon.com
Leonard Hughes, a leading authority on the works of Walker
Percy, is an editor and theater critic for The Washington