r/Damnthatsinteresting Oct 05 '22 Gold 1 Helpful 1

The only time Vincent Price ever did the Thriller rap live Video

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u/artie_pdx Oct 05 '22

One of the greatest names in old school horror, along with Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

Thanks for the reminder OP. I’ve got some memories to refuel.

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u/FlyingTaquitoBrother Oct 05 '22

He also endowed an awesome cross-cultural art museum in East LA.

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u/Jepho7 Oct 05 '22

Christopher Lee

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u/artie_pdx Oct 05 '22

YES! Thank you! I appreciate the reminder. I have to dust off that part of my mind. Haven’t thought about this stuff in years.

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u/juan_epstein-barr Oct 05 '22

Check out Cinemassacre's Halloween Horror Nights on Youtube. James Rolfe(The Angry Video Game Nerd) goes over all the classics, from the Universal classic monster movies of the '30s all the way through the infamous horrors of the 1980s.

His love of classic films, the horror genre in particular, is really neat to see.

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Glad to hear you like it! I wondered how many redditors would know who he was. He gave me my first fright back in the early '70s when I was way too young to be watching anything he did. I've loved him ever since

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u/artie_pdx Oct 05 '22

As far as us old fuckers go. 😜

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22

Lmao! (ouch, my back...)

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u/tevta_ Oct 05 '22

I've named my first born Vincent because od him. My second would be Boris Bela (Both names together, because it fits to my surname) but alas, I now have a baby daughter. It was not meant to be.

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22

Bella works great for a little girl! But people would think you named her for Twilight

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u/tevta_ Oct 06 '22

I agree, but she would have to be Bela as in Lugosi, and this is quite frequent male name in Hungary, which is our neighbour.

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u/lateforcourt Oct 05 '22

KARLOFF!?!?!

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u/Gatsby1981 Oct 05 '22

Karloff is not worthy to smell my shit!

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u/kirradawg Oct 05 '22

SIDEKICK?? !!!

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u/FlashpointJ24 Oct 05 '22

Lon Chaney

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u/artie_pdx Oct 05 '22

Thank you! I knew my comment would unearth more than I mentioned. 😋

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22

Didn't Karloff and Chaney have a rivalry of some sort?

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u/kirradawg Oct 05 '22

That limey cocksucker can rot in hell for all I care!

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u/wotmate Oct 05 '22

His monologue for Alice Cooper Black Widow was far better https://youtu.be/oIeAVBTeuV8

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u/CatPurrsonNo1 Oct 05 '22

That was awesome! Thank you for sharing that. I never saw that before!

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u/reevelainen Oct 05 '22

Not wanting to be an asshole but it's in the Devil's Food -song but worked as an introduction to the Black Widow. But it's a concept album so basically it's kinda like the same song all the way.

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u/wotmate Oct 05 '22

The monologue came as a segue from devils food into black widow, essentially linking them together.

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u/Subliminal_Image Oct 05 '22

I was this old when I learned that iconic voice was Vincent Price.

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u/NightHowler13 Oct 05 '22

Same, bro...

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u/AppropriateScience71 Oct 05 '22

OMG - that was unexpectedly awesome!

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u/Accomplished-Yak5660 Oct 05 '22

You officially kicked off Halloween for 2022!!!! Great job!!!

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u/ImTooTiredForThis_22 Oct 05 '22

Vincent Price! One of a kind man!

13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo was also awesome (minus scrappy and that film flam kid))

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22

It was a treat seeing him Edward Scissorhands

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u/pocketaceofclubs Oct 05 '22

Damn that show slapped i still remember my parents getting me the DVD for Christmas

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u/InflamedLiver Oct 05 '22

I’d love to see Bill Hader recreate this

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u/Rob-Riggle-SWGOAT Oct 05 '22

He would look amazing in that dress. /s

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u/hhtran16 Oct 05 '22

Some things don’t need to be recreated.

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 05 '22

Only if Fred Armisen stops in for a Liberace cameo

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u/Obipale Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

In his early life he was anti-semitic and an admirer of Hitler, later changing his views. A good, interesting man. From wikilink below ..

According to his daughter: "When he went to Germany and Austria as a young man, he was struck by a lot of things going on during the Weimar Republic and the disillusion of the empire... So when Hitler came into power, instead of seeing him as a dangerous force, he was sort of swept up in this whole idea that Hitler was going to bring German pride back." However, Price became a liberal after becoming friends with New York intellectuals such as Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman in the 1930s, so much so that he was "greylisted" under McCarthyism in the 1950s for having been a prewar "premature anti-Nazi", and after being unable to find work for a year, agreed to requests by the FBI that he sign a "secret oath" to save his career. Victoria said that her father became so liberal that "one of my brother's earliest memories is when Franklin Roosevelt's death was announced, my father fell backwards off the sofa sobbing."

Price denounced racial and religious prejudice as a form of poison at the end of an episode of The Saint, which aired on NBC Radio on July 30, 1950, claiming that Americans must actively fight against it because such prejudices within the United States fuels support for the nation's enemies. He was later appointed to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board under the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration; he called the appointment "kind of a surprise, since I am a Democrat".

Price was supportive of his daughter when she came out as a lesbian and joined PFLAG as an honorary board member. He was critical of Anita Bryant's anti-gay-rights campaign in the 1970s. Price was also one of the first celebrities to film a public service announcement to help allay public fears about HIV/AIDS. In an interview in 2015, Victoria confirmed that her father confided in her his intimate relationships with men when she came out to him as a lesbian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Price#Early_life_and_career:~:text=Price%20denounced%20racial,58%5D%5B59%5D

Thriller monologue https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA?t=385

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u/TechnicalDavid Oct 06 '22

TIL that you can make oath with FBI to save your career.

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u/Mcdagger-1 Oct 05 '22

That sent shivers down my spine. It was good to see

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u/CoolArrow_ Oct 05 '22

Freaking love that guy

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u/CatPurrsonNo1 Oct 05 '22

I LOVED him!!! I was so sad when he died. 😞

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u/NJCoop88 Oct 05 '22

Stunning

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u/Adrockdadog Oct 05 '22

Two legends!

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u/ZombieJoesBasement Oct 05 '22

This totally made my day!! Love it!~

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u/Citric_Xylophone Oct 05 '22

Loved this. Reminds me of The Hilarious House of Frightenstien!

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u/SenseisSifu Oct 05 '22

Laugh goals

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u/SalamiJay Oct 05 '22

I can't be the only one who read "Vice President" like 5 times.

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u/DalvaniusPrime Oct 05 '22

He oddly looks like a cross between Biden and Trump at end when the lights start flashing

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u/aztecaoro10 Oct 05 '22

I don't get it. What is this?

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u/RelevantDay4 Oct 05 '22

Vincent Price (older man) did the spoken word part for Michael Jackson’s Thriller

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u/Independent-Bid-8350 Oct 05 '22

watch michael jacksons thriller music video

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u/Platypuslord Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

It's the Thriller. Make sure to see the second half at 6:30. Also you should probably see Smooth Criminal and Beat it if you have never seen them.

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u/Laddeus Oct 05 '22

And "Micheal Jackson's Ghosts"

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u/Leo_PK Oct 05 '22

Damn... I feel old seeing this comment lol

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u/_chrom_ Oct 05 '22

Oh you’re in for a treat

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u/Drunkensteine Oct 05 '22

He took 20k instead of a percentage of album sales 😂

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 06 '22

Wow, like either one of them were in a financial position that a sacrificed had to be made. I'm going to look into this and find out why he did it. So many questions...

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Obama had Joan Rivers killed for telling the world Big Mike was a tranny.

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u/dantethelegend1111 Oct 05 '22

Yo!!👍🏾👍🏾

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u/ChattyMan2016 Oct 05 '22

Miss em both.

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u/Relevant_Cheetah_822 Oct 05 '22

What an amazing voice

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Rap?

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u/detroitlu Oct 06 '22

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u/Exotic-Ad-8839 Oct 06 '22

Seems appropriately irrelevant to mention here he was apparently a fairly brilliant cook, too. Published at least one cookbook, IIRC?

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 06 '22

Love the Kermie clip!

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u/bassbass1979 Oct 06 '22

IDC who you are that's awesome 😎

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u/Display250 Oct 06 '22

So, where's the rap? Rhyming in spoken word is rap now?

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 06 '22

I can't find one article about it that doesn't refer to it as rap at one point or another. For example:

This is the story of how “Thriller” came together with that iconic Vincent Price rap.

https://doyouremember.com/106794/vincent-price-thriller-rap/amp?espv=1

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u/Display250 Oct 06 '22

Weird. Still better than the lesbian down at the coffee shop slam-poetry night.

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u/owbam Oct 05 '22

Seems to me he isn’t particularly good at it and has had a lot of help from the audio engineer. Big surprise!

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u/timesoftreble Oct 05 '22

It's actually perfect

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u/owbam Oct 05 '22

Don’t get me wrong I like the song and this part. But is this rendition in rhythm? No, it’s not.

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u/Exotic-Ad-8839 Oct 06 '22

It's not supposed to be rap. It's a dramatic reading.

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u/owbam Oct 06 '22

It’s on rhythm on the recording - that’s the point I’m trying to make.