Born: May 27, 1911
Died: October 25, 1993
Most Frightening Movies: House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Theater of Blood (1973)
Why He Scares Us: With his velvet-smooth voice and suave countenance, Vincent Price didn’t really look like your average horror star. Yet, it was his distinguished persona that made him the go-to guy for moviemakers looking to add a touch of respectability to their horror movies from the 1950s to the 1980s. Price always seemed to be having fun with his characters, be it a deranged scientist or vengeful aristocrat. Even when playing a villain (which he spent most of his career doing), Price brought an innate humanity to his roles that made audiences sympathize with his plight—the mark of a superior actor.