Something for fans of the oldies! The quite long trailer for a new documentary about “the gentleman of horror” Boris Karloff has arrived. The five minutes of documentary footage covers a wide range of Karloff’s long career, but of course has quite a lot of his iconic Frankenstein Monster, which we see Guillermo del Toro call “his messiah”. The 1931 Frankenstein had a profound effect on the director, who identified with the outsider status of Karloff’s confused and abused creation as a lonely child, and claims that the movie and Karloff’s performance have seeped into everything that he’s ever done.
Del Toro, John Landis, Joe Dante, Christopher Plummer, Peter Bogdanovich, Ron Perlman, Leonard Maltin, Sir Christopher Frayling, Sara Karloff, Gregory Mank, Roger Corman, Stephanie Powers, Ian Ogilvy, Norman Jewison, Orson Bean, Kevin Brownlow, Caroline Munro, Stephen Jacobs, Dick Miller, Peter Asher, Virginia Bates, Nehemiah Persoff, David J Skal, Donald F. Glut, Derek Malcolm, Bernie Coleman, Lee Grant, Rick Goldschmidt, Stuart Hersh, Miles Kreuger, Valerie Yaros, H.M.Wynant, Diane Aubry, Anthony Pratt, Renee Glynne, Sharyn Moffett, Neil Pettigrew, Ruth Shiel, Courtlandt Hull, Ron Simon, Jaymz Bee, Thomas Hamilton, Ron MacCloskey and many more all appear in Repo Films’s Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster. At the moment there’s no release date.