10 Spooky Commercials Starring Vincent Price

Actor Vincent Price at London's Thames TV studios in July 1970.
Actor Vincent Price at London's Thames TV studios in July 1970.
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From the 1930s through the 1980s, Vincent Price was an incredibly prolific actor who was best known for his distinctively spooky voice and his performances in a range of classic (and not-so-classic) horror movies.

Price—who was born on May 27, 1911—appeared in everything from the original versions of House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), and House on Haunted Hill(1959) to 1959’s campy The Tingler, a novelty 3D movie in which theatergoers’ seats vibrated at scary moments throughout the film. His final on-film performance was in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990).

But the horror legend didn’t just appear in movies; Price was also a prolific commercial actor. In the 1970s and 1980s, Price lent his image or voice to ads for wine coolers, board games, candy bars, and even the American Dairy Association. Full of haunted mansions, spooky music, and terrifying wordplay (“prices that won’t scare you!”), most of the commercials put Price’s horror pedigree front and center. Check out 10 of our favorites.

1. Tilex

“It’s alive!” The mildew, that is. Fortunately, Vincent Price has the solution: Tilex instant mildew remover! It’ll rid your haunted mansion of even the most resilient mildews.

2. The Antique Guild

This 1979 ad for antique furniture packs an impressive number of spooky jokes into just 30 seconds of airtime.

3. Stay Alive

Price plays up the creepiness for this 1978 spot for a Milton Bradley board game called Stay Alive. Sitting in a spooky castle on a dark and stormy night, Price warns viewers that the game can be “quite deadly.”

4. Polaroid videocassettes

Another haunted house commercial from 1984—this time for a hauntingly old-school product: videocassettes that clean your VCR as they play.

5. Peter Paul's Peanut Butter With No Jelly

The all-peanut butter “Peanut Butter With No Jelly” candy bar improved upon the classic PB&J by removing extraneous ingredients like bread and jelly.

6. Sun Country Wine Coolers

In 1985, a company called Sun Country inexplicably decided to put Vincent Price in a polar bear costume and then play some old-fashioned haunted house music to sell their wine coolers.

7. The Enchanted World

Once again appearing in a spooky mansion, with spooky music in the background, Price advertises a not-particularly-spooky series of myths and legends for Time Life Books in this 1985 commercial.

8. Easter Seals Halloween coupons

The “safe,” “fun” alternative to giving out actual candy on Halloween, the coupons are a worried parent’s dream.

9. Chips Ahoy

Price lent his voice to this mysterious cookie commercial.

10. The American Dairy Association

Price appeared in this dairy commercial in 1982, warning consumers against “false” dairy products, and reminding them to look for the official “American Dairy Association” seal.

Updated for 2019.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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