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Here’s some mad monster moments it’s safe to share with your little boys and ghouls at home over the festive season as classic horror star Vincent Price joins the Scooby Gang for some animated thrills and chills! Back in 1985, the ghost-chasing Saturday morning cartoon show Scooby Doo Where Are You got a makeover for one season and was renamed The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. Not only that but the special guest star throughout the season was Vincent Price playing an evil warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul! As well as some clips and images from this crazy cartoon we have included a macabre mash-up of Scooby Doo and Michael Jackson’s Thriller – again featuring the vocal talents of the legendary Vincent Price! Scary Christmas everybody and a Happy New Fear!


With Christmas fast approaching, the Classic Horror Campaign is once again drawn towards an animated classic horror short – this time the 1953 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s , originally published in 1843. Narrated by British actor James Mason, this imaginative and atmospheric cartoon was the first cartoon ever to be given an X Certificate by the British Board of Film Censors due to its adult content. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film but lost out to Disney’s Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.

The Tell-Tale Heart¬†tells the story of a deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an “evil eye.” The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster. Reviewer Dave Sindelar, on his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings says:

“UPA developed a unique and striking visual style for the cartoons they made in the fifties. and this may well be their masterpiece. The excellent narration by James Mason uses an abbreviated version of the story that manages to capture its essence; I particularly like a brief but effective coda that uses lines from the beginning of the story after the point where the story usually ends. The non-realistic animation uses abstract imagery in a powerful way, and it also makes wonderful use of sound and music as well. I’ve seen several versions of this story to date, and, along with the expressionistic¬†short version from 1928, this is one of my favorites.”

So sit back and relax with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy this fifties cartoon classic horror masterpiece…


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