This Halloween the documentary Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster will finally be released on September 17th for a limited theatrical run. This is great news for any true horror fan as this legend was one of the key actors in so many classic films. Frankenstein, The Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein are some of the best known films from this legendary actor and now we will look into his life and more.
It was recently announced that Shout! Studios and Abramorama have joined together for the North American rights to this documentary. The limited theatrical run will begin on September 17th and Shout! will later release the film on Digital platforms.
The documentary is Directed by Thomas Hamilton. What we know so far is that the film is going to look into who this actor was as a person off the film and more. Boris Karloff was and is an icon still to this day but we only know what we see from his films,this new film will show us the man behind the many monsters he played in the horror genre.
“Beginning just before his debut as Frankenstein’s creation, the documentary explores the life and legacy of a cinema legend, presenting a perceptive history of the genre he personified. His films were long derided as hokum and attacked by censors. But his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endures, inspiring some of our greatest actors and directors into the 21st Century, many of whom contribute their personal insights and anecdotes.” Director Thomas Hamilton explains. In the film we will see interviews from Guillermo 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, Carloline 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 so many more.
Boris Karloff died on February 2nd 1969 at the age of 81. The died of pneumonia after contracting bronchitis. Boris Karloff was only a stage name as his real name was William Henry Pratt. In 1966 he won a Grammy for his role in the animated special Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas in which he narrated the story. He also has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This icon has done so much for the genre and played some of the most famous monsters that we have grown to love and become a must watch for the Halloween season. This documentary will give us a more in depth look into his life and I am sure some rare footage.
You can watch the trailer below and see for yourself. Leave us your comments about the documentary and some of your favorite movies from the late great actor.