There’s a few scenarios that would, for me, create the Perfect Day.

One of them would definitely involve knitting my ass off and watching Vincent Price movies. 

The Abominable Doctor Phibes (1971)

Mick hails this as his favorite Vincent Price film, and now I can see why: Phibes is a great character, a hopeless romantic with a flair for the dramatic.  Sound familiar?  When he’s not rocking out on the organ with his clockwork band, he’s arranging and carrying out a series of very creative murders of vengeance.  All to bring back the lady he loves.  Awwwww.  It’s a fun movie with some great dialogue, a classic of the horror genre and one of Price’s best.  I feel I should state that the dvd version we have is “digitally remastered”, which unfortunately makes it look like a cheap tv production and takes away all the glory of film.  I’d recommend finding an old copy or using Netflix. 

Doctor Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Brace yourself for this next statement, because it may shock you: I thought this sequel was better than the original!  *gasp!*  And not just because I have the uncontrollable urge to call it Doctor Phibes Rides Again.  I think Mick described it best when he said it was a Shakespearean Romantic Tragedy.  As in the first film, there’s a lot of death, which is tragic; there’s romance with Doctor Phibes making the final arrangements to sail down the River of Life with his expired wife to live out eternity together; and you’ll find your typical Shakespearean archetypes in the characters: the romantic protagonists, the power-hungry antagonists, and the comedic relief (played brilliantly by Peter Jeffrey and John Cater, the bumbling police inspectors Trout and Waverley).  The Egyptian setting also reminds me a bit of the Hammer Mummy movies, which is always a good thing.  Also, PETER CUSHING is in it for like 15 seconds!  Overall, highly recommended. (That 6.4 rating on IMDB is CRAP!) 

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

No, I haven’t read the book.  And no, I didn’t see I Am Legend or any of the remakes or reboots of this famous story.  And I like it that way.  As a stirring portrait of post-apocalyptic life, this film is a win.  Price is great as a man on the edge just trying to keep his sanity, and the tone of the film is contemporaneously as somber and tense as its protagonist.  It’s definitely not as action-heavy as some of its successors seem to be; the vampire-zombies hardly seem threatening, Price is able to just shove most of them aside even when they’ve mobbed his car, so aside from the threat of psychological breakdown there isn’t much that’s really putting pressure on the lone Doctor Morgan.  That is, until he finds out he’s not really alone.  That to me is the most interesting part of the film: the idea that your best intentions can be percieved as someone else’s biggest threat, and that with all the horror and tragedy around you it may actually be other people that can cause you the most harm.  While this theme has been explored in many horror and apocalyptic dramas, I think it’s especially well and poigniantly done here.  Part of the credit goes to Vincent Price for his stellar dramatic presence, and part should go to directors Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow for some incredibly effective and evocative camera work, especially in the final scenes.  Another classic that can hardly be imitated.