Your Halloween guide to the best Vincent Price horror films

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Apr 29, 2019, 7:11 AM EDT (Updated)

Almost eight decades after he made his screen debut, the great Vincent Price remains one of the iconic faces of horror cinema. 

Although he'd been making films since 1938, the St. Louis-born actor made his way into horror history in the 1950s with breakout roles in 1953's House of Wax and 1959's House on Haunted Hill. From that point on, he became perhaps the best-known genre actor of his time, picking up the mantle once carried by Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and arguably eclipsing the star power of the Hammer dynamic duo of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (by the way, Price appeared in films with all four of those titans).

Price's horror films from 1960 to 1973 included the amazing series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations he did with Roger Corman, as well as cult classics like Witchfinder General and The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Many of his best films released during that period can now be found on Blu-ray (a lot of them for the first time) thanks to Scream Factory's 2013 release, The Vincent Price Collection, and its just-released sequel, The Vincent Price Collection II, which compile most of his Poe films and some of the other classics mentioned above in pristine new transfers backed by a slew of great archival bonus features. 

Sure, some of the films have not aged quite as well as others, but you'd be surprised how well many of them hold up. With the new set just hitting shelves this week and Halloween dead ahead, we thought now was a good time to round up some of Price's best and most ghoulish offerings. Check them out below, let us know which are your favorites, and plan that Price marathon for Halloween night ...