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Kreating Karloff (2006)

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For the first time in 75 years, A young actor brings back to life two of Universal's iconic Karloff monsters,"The Mummy" and "Frankenstein" for an elaborate screen test and tribute to the legendary Boris Karloff.

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... Boris Karloff / Ardeth Bey / The Monster
... Zita Johann / Helen Grosvenor
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Rick Burns ... Sir Joseph Whemple
Justin Granchelli ... Colin Clive
Steve Vertlieb ... Commentator
Ed Wilhelms ... Dr. Muller
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For the first time in 75 years, A young actor brings back to life two of Universal's iconic Karloff monsters,"The Mummy" and "Frankenstein" for an elaborate screen test and tribute to the legendary Boris Karloff.

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Conor Timmis endured 7-1/2 hours of makeup for "Frankenstein" and 4-1/2 hours for "The Mummy". See more »

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A Wonderful Tribute By a Fine Young Actor and Fan of the Great Karloff
1 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Conor Timmis pays tribute to two legendary Boris Karloff performances, the Frankenstein Monster and the Mummy. Under the expert makeup of Norman Bryn, Conor brings these characters to startling reality.

Special mention goes to his colleague Liesl Ehardt, who portrays Helen Grosvenor in the reflecting pool sequence from the Mummy. It is in this scene that Conor brings the essence of his Karloff portrayal to life through his voice, diction, and mannerisms. Liesl's beautiful dark eyes are evocative of Zita Johann from the original film. (In a curious fate of casting, Ms Ehardt is actually a distant cousin of the original actress, although according to the commentary this was only later discovered.) These two fine actors recreate a lasting tribute to their predecessors.

Conor continues his portrayal of another Karloff role, the Frankenstein Monster, in several scenes: *The now famous entrance of the Monster *The first discovery of a ray of sunshine *The confused plea of the forlorn Creature

Interspersed throughout the film Conor, along with members of the cast and crew, explain how an idea progressed into a reality. The audience is drawn into their enthusiasm for the subject, their meticulous research, and the caring way they pieced it all together to create the finished product. A wonderful tribute to Boris Karloff, by a fine actor and a dedicated staff. As Boris would say "Full marks".

Now let's see if a full bio-pic can be done on the legendary Karloff !


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