“Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster” Is a Valentine to One of the True Legends of Horror Cinema
The talking heads in the documentary all provide unique pop culture insights or first-hand accounts of working with Karloff. Filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, and Bogdonavich, actors Orson Bean, Dick Miller, Stefanie Powers, and Ron Perlman, writers David J. Skal and Gregory W. Mank, and daughter Sara Karloff are among the interviewees who give heartwarming, humorous, and moving accounts of what Karloff means and meant to them.
Hamilton has crafted a super documentary that will intrigue lifelong Karloff fans and those new to the actor’s work and life, alike. Highly recommended, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster, from Shout! Studios and Abramorama, is currently in theaters.
Directed by: Thomas Hamilton
Written by: Thomas Hamilton and Ron MacCloskey
Produced by: Thomas Hamilton, Ron MacCloskey, et al
Starring: Sara Karloff, Guillermo del Toro, Dick Miller, Roger Corman
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release Date: September 17, 2021 from Shout! Studios and Abramorama
Joseph Perry is one of the hosts of When It Was Cool’s exclusive Uphill Both Ways podcast and Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast (decadesofhorror.com/category/classicera/). He also writes for When It Was Cool (whenitwascool.com), the film websites Diabolique Magazine (diaboliquemagazine.com), Gruesome Magazine (gruesomemagazine.com), The Scariest Things (scariesthings.com), and Horror Fuel (horrorfuel.com), and film magazines Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope (videoscopemag.com) and Drive-In Asylum (etsy.com/shop/GroovyDoom).
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