The Day After Vincent Price Day

As promised, S.J. Chambers and I live-Tweeted a Vincent Price movie last night in celebration of Vincent Price Day. Unfortunately, due to the perfidies of Netflix, we were unable to do The Haunted Palace as we had planned. (Apparently when you try to watch The Haunted Palace on Watch Instantly, what you get instead is something called The Demi-Paradise starring Sir Laurence Olivier.) So, in haste, another movie was chosen, and we ended up watching The Tomb of Ligeia instead.

Below is a transcript of our Twitter conversation. I’ve rearranged it so that it reads in descending order, and edited the order of comments so that responses to questions or statements are grouped together a little better than they were due to the vagaries of Twitter. Otherwise, this is more or less exactly how the conversation went. My roommate Jay was also present, and shouted things over my shoulder, some of which made it into the Twitter commentary.

Without further ado:

Selena_Jo
Sweet…heavy coffins.

Selena_Jo
Nice…straight up quote from the story and not five minutes in. Get ’em, Vincent.

Selena_Jo
@orrin Who wrote the screenplay, Hawthorne?

orrin
You’re going to have to do all the heavy lifting on the Poe elements here, Selena.

orrin
I don’t remember this story a bit, basically.

Selena_Jo
@orrin Well, for those who haven’t read the story, Ligeia is about a dying woman who comes back from the grave.

Selena_Jo
@orrin What’s probably most important here is Ligeia is dark and Rowena is fair and Ligiea is going to come fuck her dye job up.

orrin
@Selena_Jo Best. Summary. Ever.

orrin
Nice paintings behind the titles, though I’m a little behind on saying it since we’re now well past them.

orrin
Vincent Price is rocking those shades!

Selena_Jo
Dude…those sun glasses own!

Selena_Jo
@orrin Evidently, Corman has decided to integrate some of The Black Cat in here. Are they making Ligeia into a witch?

orrin
@Selena_Jo I think all of these Corman/Price Poe movies are sort of mish-mashes of stuff.

orrin
I think Rowena has the hots for Vincent Price. Jay agrees.

Selena_Jo
@orrin And he’s playing it stone cold…like the tomb.

orrin
Vincent also lives in the best cobwebby museum ever!

Selena_Jo
@orrin Oh snap…he had me at “linen bandages.”

orrin
Why do they have a goddess of ill-omened marriages?

Selena_Jo
@orrin I think that’s a question for Jane Austen to answer.

orrin
Wow, Rowena is saucy!

orrin
“Why do I always fall for tall, dark men who try to strangle me?”

Selena_Jo
@orrin Stop what?

Selena_Jo
@orrin Is tea in the kitchen a euphemism?

orrin
I think so. Now she’s wanting to “offer him something.”

Selena_Jo
Ah, the plot twist begins to emerge…..

Selena_Jo
@orrin OMG, Orrin, how did we pick the Twilight of Vincent Price movies?

orrin
@Selena_Jo Yes, it would appear so.

orrin
“Why won’t you throw me over this table and have your way with me?”

Selena_Jo
@orrin She isn’t “willing” enough, ha ha!

orrin
“I AM A COMPLICATED MAN!”

Selena_Jo
BTW, if anyone is actually tuning in, please feel free to join us. If you’ve seen the film, we’d love to know your thoughts.

Selena_Jo
Wow, what a catblocker.

Selena_Jo
Ok, so in the story, Ligiea dabbled in alchemy, and pretty much it is alluded that she found and used the philosopher’s stone.

orrin
Is the obsession with Egyptian stuff from the story, or just from Poe in general?

orrin
Or did Corman just think it was neat?

Selena_Jo
This is a huge stretch here…but the whole idea of the philosopher’s stone actually goes back to Ancient Egypt with Isis and Horus.

Selena_Jo
@orrin I think it’s just a flourish mostly….now we get to hear the dl on that dead biyah.

orrin
Wow, Vincent Price, you may want to be LESS frank with your guests.

orrin
“No no, listen to my rambling!”

orrin
Also, you should probably get your servant to dust.

orrin
Y’know, ever.

Selena_Jo
Beware the black cat thief–she’ll steal your hat, and then she’ll steal your soul.

orrin
Also your glasses! And then take you up to the bell tower.

Selena_Jo
He should fear for his mind.

orrin
His hands are guilty with marble!

orrin
Somehow, telling her she’s safe with him doesn’t seem super comforting.

Selena_Jo
So…what is his profession exactly besides thrower of cabbage at cats?

orrin
He’s a doctor of repairing old Egyptian statues.

orrin
Some second unit people went to Stonehenge, apparently.

Selena_Jo
This may actually be one of the prettiest of the Corman/Price films.

orrin
@Selena_Jo It is gorgeous, isn’t it?

Selena_Jo
@orrin Yeah, and the costumes are lovely.

orrin
@Selena_Jo And Vincent Price is still rocking those shades! Man, seriously.

Selena_Jo
Wow, so Vernon really dropped the ball on the wedding-night thing.

Selena_Jo
What do you like most about Vincent Price flicks?

orrin
@Selena_Jo Vincent Price. Which is a lame answer, but still.

orrin
My favorite thing about the Corman ones, besides him, are the great Gothic sets up against the bright Technicolor colors.

Selena_Jo
WOO, MESMER! Now we’re talking, Vernon.

Selena_Jo
Don’t do it!

orrin
“MY HANDS ARE MELTING!!”

orrin
Seriously, though, hypnotism scene FTW!

Selena_Jo
@orrin This scene pretty much illustrates perfectly why I love Vincent Price. He gets so wrapped up in these roles.

orrin
@Selena_Jo Vincent Price can class up just about anything. Although this one actually doesn’t need too much help.

orrin
Way to mesmerize your wife when there’s a malicious spirit present.

orrin
OMG creepy dream sequence!

Selena_Jo
OMG creepy Egyptian fresco.

Selena_Jo
Oh man…I’ve heard stray cats yelp and his, but they’ve never sounded like a jaguar…or run like one.

orrin
@Selena_Jo Or like a weird shadow puppet of one?

orrin
Creepy recurring dead fox is creepy.

Selena_Jo
OMG creepy Freudian scene…with a dead fox in ones bed…verrry interesting.

Selena_Jo
@orrin Oh, I know where Vernon’s been…check his collar for marble dust.

Selena_Jo
@orrin Yeah, I can understand the cat with all the Egyptian motifs…but I’m afraid I don’t understand how the fox ties in.

orrin
Seriously, this is off topic, but Vincent Price has the best candlesticks EVER.

orrin
I want bright green and blue candlesticks like that!

orrin
“My hairbrush is filled with Ligeia!”

Selena_Jo
That guy better step off Vernon’s kool aid or the jaguar shadow puppet is going to get him!

orrin
We are literary, all talking about candles and shit!

orrin
And speaking of candles, apparently they’re good for dripping on your meat.

Selena_Jo
@orrin I’m trying really hard not to find the real story in this adaptation…but I think the wax meat thing will become important later.

orrin
@Selena_Jo If it isn’t, you’ll have to explain that to me!

orrin
“Have you ever been in a Turkish prison, Kendrick?”

Selena_Jo
Vernon is going to be so pissed.

orrin
Rowena, do not go TOWARD things that make that kind of noise!

orrin
People throw a lot of cats in these old movies.

Selena_Jo
Man, I can’t wait for Ligiea to come mess you all up.

orrin
Creepy Egyptian fresco redux!

orrin
Yes! Secret passage time!

Selena_Jo
Ooooo…dripping blood!!!!!

orrin
@Selena_Jo And there’s the wax! Good call!

orrin
Thanks for the reveal go to sloppy grave desecrations!

orrin
Wow, that is an amazing secret room!

orrin
Vincent Price classes up everything, even secret chambers!

orrin
“I am Kendrick McExposition!”

orrin
Good plan, Rowena, but it looks like you pulled it off a little TOO well.

Selena_Jo
Let’s just throw all the bitches in the pyre and be done with it.

orrin
@Selena_Jo Something else better get thrown on that pyre. Look at that thing!

Selena_Jo
@orrin Ok, so we’re sort of getting back into the story, although it seems a little backwards. Ligeia taints Rowena with her blood …

Selena_Jo
blood which just appears in thin air…Rowena gets really sick…dies..and a transofrmation occurs. LIGIEA.

orrin
“I can’t keep my dead wives straight!”

Selena_Jo
@orrin I think that may be the best summation of this film!

orrin
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, or, I CAN’T KEEP MY DEAD WIVES STRAIGHT

Selena_Jo
DUDE THE CAT SCRATCHED HIS EYES OMG

orrin
Dude, you had a whip and a gaffe and the cat still took you down! That is either one hell of a cat, or you need to man up.

orrin
And the inevitable fire!

Selena_Jo
Ah, burning the house down, the deus ex machina of gothic lit.

orrin
The building burning down at the end isn’t even a spoiler in these movies. It’s like the credits.

Selena_Jo
My husband exclaims “How many times is Vincent Price going to make creepy wax sculptures and burn shit down?”

orrin
Well, he burns shit down in pretty much every one of these.

Selena_Jo
FINis.

orrin
THE END.

orrin
Everyone lived happily ever after. Except the people who died in a fire.

Selena_Jo
Nothing like a little Poe quote to give the movie some cred. Nice.

Selena_Jo
Well, Orrin, did we learn anything from today’s Vincent Price Day adventure?

orrin
@Selena_Jo Well, we learned that THE HAUNTED PALACE is apparently some black-and-white movie with Sir Lawrence Olivier in it.

orrin
@Selena_Jo And… not to mesmerize people. I was going to put a qualifier on that, but maybe just not ever would be best.

Selena_Jo
@orrin True. I also learned that in the battle of you vs. feral alchemy cat, you loose.

orrin
@Selena_Jo Seriously.

Selena_Jo
And I think something should be said for not marrying the first bat you meet in the belfry, but …

orrin
Especially if he’s got a dead wife who may or may not be less dead than advertised.

Selena_Jo
Verdad.

orrin
So… I guess in spite of misadventures galore, we made it through a live-Tweeting of THE TOMB OF LIGEIA.

orrin
Happy Vincent Price Day!

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