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Sunday, 16 April 2000

Boris Karloff

In honour of the Boris Karloff blogathon which will celebrate across the blogosphere what would have been Karloff the Uncanny's 122nd birthday.
Details of the project can be found at Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog, run out of Quebec by Pierre Fournier.

Boris Karloff was the most versatile of the great stars of classic horror, always working and never disappointing even when the films he appeared in sometimes did. Fournier's project to recognise his life and work with a loud and widely heard voice is a fascinating one and as I have a stack of Karloff as yet unwatched I'll chime in with a few new Karloff reviews during the 23rd to 29th November period.

To whet your appetite here are links to what's already here at Apocalypse Later marked with a big ? for Uncanny, with some older reviews from my far less substantial blog at Hal and Dee at the Movies and links to the IMDb pages for each film.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Reviews at Apocalypse Later
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Criminal Code 1931 5 6 Howard Hawks IMDB
Dirigible 1931 6 6 Frank Capra IMDB
Cracked Nuts 1931 3 Edward Cline IMDB
The Guilty Generation 1931 6 Rowland V Lee IMDB
Frankenstein 1931 7 7 James Whale IMDB
Behind the Mask 1932 3 3 John Francis Dillon IMDB
The Old Dark House 1932 5 5 James Whale IMDB
Bride of Frankenstein 1935 7 7 James Whale IMDB
The Black Room 1935 5 5 R William Neill IMDB
Charlie Chan at the Opera 1936 5 5 H Bruce Humberstone IMDB
The Man They Could Not Hang 1939 5 5 Nick Grinde IMDB
The Man with Nine Lives 1940 6 6 Nick Grinde IMDB
The Ape 1940 4 4 Wiliam Nigh IMDB
The Devil Commands 1941 4 4 Edward Dmytryk IMDB
The Boogie Man Will Get You 1942 5 6 Lew Landers IMDB
Voodoo Island 1957 2 2 Reginald Le Borg IMDB
Bikini Beach 1964 3 William Asher IMDB
Die, Monster, Die! 1965 4 4 Daniel Haller IMDB
Targets 1968 5 5 Peter Bogdanovich IMDB

Old Reviews at Hal and Dee at the Movies
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Two Arabian Nights 1927 7 7 Lewis Milestone IMDB
The Unholy Night 1929 6 6 Lionel Barrymore IMDB
The Public Defender 1931 5 5 J Walter Ruben IMDB
Scarface: The Shame of a Nation 1932 6 5 Howard Hawks IMDB
The Lost Patrol 1934 5 5 John Ford IMDB
The Invisible Ray 1936 2 3 Lambert Hillyer IMDB
Tower of London 1939 5 6 Rowland V Lee IMDB
Doomed to Die 1940 5 William Nigh IMDB
You'll Find Out 1940 4 5 David Butler IMDB

Rated Not Reviewed
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Sea Bat 1930 3 Lionel Barrymore & Wesley Ruggles IMDB
Smart Money 1931 6 6 Alfred E Green IMDB
Five Star Final 1931 5 5 Mervyn LeRoy IMDB
The Mask of Fu Manchu 1932 4 4 Charles Brabin IMDB
The Mummy 1932 7 7 Karl Freund IMDB
The Ghoul 1933 5 T Hayes Hunter IMDB
The Black Cat 1934 5 Edgar G Ulmer IMDB
The Walking Dead 1936 5 5 Michael Curtiz IMDB
West of Shanghai 1937 5 John Farrow IMDB
The Invisible Menace 1938 4 4 John Farrow IMDB
Mr Wong, Detective 1938 6 William Nigh IMDB
Devil's Island 1939 6 6 William Clemens IMDB
Son of Frankenstein 1939 5 5 Rowland V Lee IMDB
The Fatal Hour 1940 4 William Nigh IMDB
British Intelligence 1940 6 Terry Morse IMDB
The Body Snatcher 1945 6 6 Robert Wise IMDB
Isle of the Dead 1945 6 6 Mark Robson IMDB
Bedlam 1946 7 7 Mark Robson IMDB
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome 1947 4 John Rawlins IMDB
The Raven 1963 6 7 Roger Corman IMDB
The Terror 1963 4 Roger Corman IMDB
The Comedy of Terrors 1964 7 7 Jacques Tourneur IMDB
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966 7 Chuck Jones & Ben Washam IMDB
The Venetian Affair 1967 4 Jerry Thorpe IMDB
Snake People 1971 3 Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill IMDB

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