Vincent Price: House of Horrors #1
When most horror fanatics think of classic chills and frightening stories it’s only a matter of time before visions of Vincent Price start to dance in their heads. Price became the face and voice of scary stories for generations, and still gets credit for all of his work in the realm of cinema and storytelling. Blue Water Productions has taken the icon and combined him with a Twilight Zone landscape to tell horror stories on a monthly basis.
When it comes to an anthology of scary stories, I’m all on board. However, this first story seems to fall flat in a few areas. The overall premise is strong. It deals with a devote churchgoer who spends his spare time torturing animals and then asking for forgiveness for his twisted pleasure. The animals soon turn on him and reality starts to blur as cosmic justice is delivered on his doorstep.
The artwork in the issue was fun, kinetic, and stayed true to the horror genre. The problem with the story is that it doesn’t balance the scenes of madness and the scenes that are grounded in reality. It feels more like a music video than a comic book story. It has a beginning, middle, and end, but it seems like the imagery takes over the story and it gets muddled because of it. If there were more of a progression from the real world into the horrible fate that the main character is thrown into, it might have been a little more solid.
Despite these problems, it wasn’t a bad issue by any means, just not great. The platform to tell stories under a Vincent Price banner is too good to give up on, so I would recommend sticking it out with this series to see if it can hit some kind of stride and come out on top. I’m willing to give the book the benefit of the doubt and assume that it’ll deliver soon. Until then, enjoy listening to that eerie Price laugh that I know has been cackling in your head since you read his name above.