10 Favourite Boris Karloff Performances

1887 - 1969

Respected and beloved stage actor and iconic screen star.

"One always hears of actors complaining of being typed - if he's young, he's typed as a juvenile; if he's handsome, he's typed as a leading man. I was lucky. Whereas bootmakers have to spend millions to establish a trademark, I was handed a trademark free of charge. When an actor gets in a position to select his own roles, he's in big trouble, for he never knows what he can do best. I'm sure I'd be damn good as little Lord Fauntleroy, but who would pay ten cents to see it?"
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1.
The Body Snatcher (1945)
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A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ John Gray: "I am a small man, a humble man. Being poor I have had to do much that I did not want to do." ” - misspaddylee
 
2.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ The Monster ” - misspaddylee
 
3.
The Black Room (1935)
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Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin. (70 mins.)
“ Baron Gregor de Berghman and Anton de Berghman

"This house began with murder. It will end the same way." ” - misspaddylee
 
4.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ Imhotep / Ardath Bey: "Anck-es-en-Amon, my love has lasted longer than the temples of our gods. No man ever suffered as I did for you." ” - misspaddylee
 
5.
Targets (1968)
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An elderly horror-film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Viet Nam War veteran who's turned into a mass-murdering sniper. (90 mins.)
“ Byron Orlok: "Mr. Boogey Man, King of Blood they used to call me. Marx Brothers make you laugh, Garbo makes you weep, Orlok makes you scream." ” - misspaddylee
 
6.
Bedlam (1946)
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Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St... (79 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ Master George Sims: "You might say he poisoned himself." ” - misspaddylee
 
7.
The Black Cat (1934)
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ Hjalmar Poelzig: "The phone is dead. Do you hear that, Vitus? Even the phone is dead." ” - misspaddylee
 
8.
The Walking Dead (1936)
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After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution. (66 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ John Ellman: "You take away my life and offer a favour in return. That's what I call a bargain." ” - misspaddylee
 
9.
Isle of the Dead (1945)
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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ General Pherides: "What difference does it make? Uncovered or covered the eyes see no more." ” - misspaddylee
 
10.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ Narrator / The Grinch: "I must stop Christmas from coming . . . but how?" ” - misspaddylee