(MWB) Scream Kings Men that Define a Genre: Boris Karloff

Most Well Known For: Frankenstein’s Monster in Frankenstein (1931)Borris_Karloff_still

Horror Credentials:

  • King of the Wild (1931) – Mustapha
  • The Mad Genius (1931) – Fedor’s Father (Uncredited)
  •  Frankenstein (1931) – The Monster
  • Behind the Mask (1931) – Jim Henderson
  • The Old Dark House (1932) – Morgan
  • The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) – Dr. Fu Manchu
  • The Mummy (1932) – Imhotep
  • The Ghoul (1932) – Prof. Henry Morlant
  • The Black Cat (1934) – Hjalmar Poelzig
  • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – The Monster
  • The Raven (1935) – Edmond Bateman
  • The Black Room (1935) – Baron Gregor de Berghman/Anton de Berghman
  • The Invisible Ray (1936) – Dr. Janos Rukh
  • The Walking Dead (1936) – John Ellman
  • The Man Who Lived Again (1936) – Dr. Laurience
  • The Son of Frankenstein (1939) – The Monster
  • The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) – Dr. Henryk Savaard
  • Black Friday (1940) – Dr. Ernest Sovac
  • Before I Hang (1940) – Dr. John Garth
  • The Ape (1940) – Dr. Bernard Adrian
  • You’ll Find Out (1940) – Judge Mainwarning
  • The Devil Commands (1941) – Dr. Julian Blair
  • The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) – Professor Nathaniel Billings
  • The Climax (1944) – Dr. Friedrich Hohner
  • House of Frankenstein (1944) – Doctor Niemann
  • The Body Snatcher (1945) – Cabman John Gray
  • Isle of the Dead (1945) – Gen. Nikolas Pherides
  • Bedlam (1946) – Master George Sims
  • The Strange Door (1951) – Voltan
  • The Black Castle (1952) – Dr. Meissen
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) – Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
  • Voodoo Island (1957) – Phillip Knight
  • The Haunted Strangler (1958) – James Rankin
  • Frankenstein – 1970 (1958) – Victor Frankenstein
  • Corridors of Blood (1958) – Dr. Thomas Bolton
  • The Raven (1963) – Dr. Scarabus
  • The Terror (1963) – Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe
  • Black Sabbath (1963) – Gorca
  • The Comedy of Terrors (1963) – Amos Hinchley
  • Monster of Terror (1965) – Nahum Witley
  • The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) – The Corpse
  • The Sorcerers (1967) – Dr. Marcus Monserrat
  • Fear Chamber (1968) – Dr. Karl Mantell
  • Targets (1968) – Byron Orlok
  • Curse of the Crimson Alter (1968) – Professor Marsh
  • House of Evil (1968) – Matthias Morteval
  • Blind Man’s Bluff (1970) – Franz Badulescu
  • Isle of the Snake People (1971) – Carl Von Molder/Damballah
  • Alien Terror (1971) – Prof. John Mayer

What to say about Boris Karloff that hasn’t been said? Not much actually as the man led a very interesting life with a career that spanned six decades and five marriages. He made Frankenstein’s Monster a brand and helped form the Screen Actor’s Guild due to his experiences as the monster, mostly spawning from working conditions that permanently injured his back while filming. Karloff’s name is synonymous with horror and as it’s his life work it was work very well done.

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