Today i`d like to commemorate the 124th birthday of one of the greatest Horror Icons ever, Boris Karloff. His depiction of Frankenstein in the 1931 master piece is forever immortalized, on top of being the best monster he went on to portray other iconic horror characters such as the Mummy, Fu Manchu, and whole array of mad scientist characters. Other than the many awesome horror movies he was in he also starred in quite a few non horror movies, including a outstanding World War 1 thriller called The Lost Patrol which was directed by John Ford, he did a couple movies with Abbott and Costello, and played a oriental detective named Mr.Wong in a series of mystery movies.
His voice was used in the Chuck Jones classic cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas were he voiced the Grinch and narrated the cartoon. To this day it remains one of my favorite cartoons. Towards the end of his career he starred in some superb films such as Targets a hard hitting and freakishly realistic thriller, and Curse Of The Crimson Alter a supernatural horror film that co stared Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, and Barbara Steele. I am aware that some people really don`t like that movie and feel its a waste of a good cast, I personal tend to disagree I think its a interesting, Lovecraft inspired movie. Boris Karloff literally continued to star in movies until his death in 1969, still movies of his continued to be released posthumously until 1971. He was one of the greatest actors of all time and I can say without a doubt in my mind he never once put on a bad or uninterested performance.
|Here is Boris Karloff on the far left seated next to Arthur Treache and Buster Keaton. |
In an episode of Looney Tunes