I am quite busy preparing a Vincent Price 100 year birthday mini festival here in Copenhagen, and i don't know where else to go with my questions...there are nicely many experts here!
My basical question is, if the first "Abominable Dr. Phibes" movie is too well-known? I am asked to find the master pieces, and at the same time not to show any movies which many people allready know. Finally 2 out of my 7 choices should be non-horror movies, in order to show other sides of him. "The Baron of Arizona" is an obvious choice here, and many people would probably suggest "Champagne for Caesar", since the film noir "Laura" is too famous. But i think this "Champagne for Caesar" actually isn't that funny! Instead i choose to show the funny side of Vincent Price by showing a Red Skelton episode in a series of shorts in my number 8 and final choice. Further more i would LOVE to show a real funny Vincent Price in the very campy, but quite funny and underrated "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"! I wonder how many will hate me for this? So...as the other non-horror movie i choose the film noir "The Web", which is quite good!
The problem now is, that with my choosing of 1. "The Baron of Arizona" 2. "The Web" 3. a biographical movie...i choose "The Sinister Image" 4. "The House of Usher" 5. "The Fly" or "Return of the Fly"...i don't know yet 6. "The House of Wax" 7. "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" 8. "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" i got one too many!
In our series of shorts we are showing "Red Skelton: The Original DaVinci", "The Muppet Show", an episode from Batman and "Vincent". In another smaller cinema we are showing "The Tingler", "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" and "F Troop: V is for Vampire".
I feel that we shouldn't show "House on Haunted Hill" because it's too famous. I feel a bit sorry for "Theater of Blood", but i can't have them all...
Which one should go? "Dr. Goldfoot" or "Dr. Phibes" because it's too famous? Am i right that no one of the others could be replaced? Maybe both movies should go and be replaced by a third. Which one? Why does "Dr. Goldfoot" have such a bad reputation? For kitsch/camp lovers it's a real treat...
We are planning to invite a movie star, and maybe this will solve the problem. If we book Caroline Munro, "Dr. Phibes" should of course be chosen. If we book Sir Christopher Lee, both movies go, and are replaced by..."Scream and Scream again"! The other choices are "The House of the Long Shadows" and "The Oblong Box", but i like the first mentioned one better. Agree? If we however book Barbara Steele, we have my mentioned problem. Should i then choose "Dr. Phibes" or "Dr. Goldfoot". Which doctor?