2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 1999
The multi-faceted pov of this book -- what with different critics reviewing the most important films of Price's oeuvre -- is both its greatest asset and biggest shortcoming. Some of the critics are wildly off the mark, some of them celebrating the mediocre and others unfairly damning minor genre gems. I caught a couple of factual errors, too, although by and large the book passed the scrutiny of a rather discriminating fan. The most enjoyable aspect of this book, for me, was the asides where almost all the guest critics confided a personal encounter with Vincent Price -- a fan letter answered, an autograph, an impromptu interview session. In fact, the mosaic of these individual encounters seemed to create a cohesive substance to the book that otherwise may have been lacking. The Lawrence French interviews were quite nice to include -- and it is worth noting that the editors did seem to go out of their way to include lesser known photographs as illustration. Also quite nice was the essay about Price's radio work -- surely one of the lesser known sides of his higly versatile career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 1999
Although I thought several chapters of this book covered ground that was too familiar,with several chapters being little more that plot summary, there are several chapters that are quite astute, as is the selection of stills, many never widely seen before. Undoubtedly the best feature is a long interview with Price, by Lawrence French, placed next to each film chapter under discussion. A Q & A interview segment with Price also opens and closes the book. Since each film covered is by a different author, the results, like Price's own films, vary greatly (from good to awful).