Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster (2021)

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Director: Thomas Hamilton Run Time: 90 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, Sara Karloff, Stefanie Powers

Countries: United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

Beginning just before his debut as Frankenstein’s creation, this captivating new documentary charts the rise of the horror genre through the life and legacy of William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name, Boris Karloff.

Though his films have been derided by critics and attacked by censors, his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endures, inspiring actors and directors into the 21st Century — among them Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Roger Corman and John Landis — who share their personal anecdotes and insights on the horror legend.

About the filmmakers:

Director and co-writer Thomas Hamilton began his career as an alternative musician and video producer writing music for independent films before crafting his own short horror film, Fate. In 2016, his documentary on 1930s film idol Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn opened a month-long tribute to Howard’s films on Turner Classic Movies.

Producer, co-writer and superfan Ron MacCloskey dedicated 23 years to traveling the world researching Karloff’s legacy. Read more here.

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