Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster

U.K., 103m, DCP

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Screened September 17–30, 2021

When he played “the creature” in 1931’s Frankenstein, neither Boris Karloff nor the studio knew what to expect. The film exceeded everyone’s expectations and Karloff became the new king of horror. For the next 38 years, Karloff remained at or near the top despite changing tastes. Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster examines his career as well as the secretive side of Boris and his deepest fear of all, the fear that he would become obsolete.

Drawing from many interviews including Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Roger Corman, Sara Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich, Christopher Plummer, Stefanie Powers, Lee Grant, Sir Christopher Frayling, Kevin Brownlow, and never released audio of Karloff himself, this in-depth documentary takes us to the heart of the man, with a gripping, intimate portrait of Karloff and the genre he helped define. An Abramorama release

A film by Thomas Hamilton

There is not a single movie I have ever done that is not under the shadow that this man casts.”

Guillermo del Toro