English-born horror legend Boris Karloff was a fading star in the 1960s. But he still produced some genuine classics. STEPHEN JACOBS, author of Boris Karloff: More than A Monster, selects some of the best of Karloff’s later films.
Corridors of Blood (1958)
“An underrated historical drama based, in part, on the sad life on Horace Wells, an American dentist who, in the mid 19th Century, became addicted to the nitrous oxide he was using – with tragic consequences.”
The Raven (1963)
“Roger Corman’s comedy is great fun. Vincent Price plays Dr. Erasmus Craven, a magician who discovers his wife (Hazel Court) is not dead but resides with rival sorcerer Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff).”
Black Sabbath (1963)
“This is a great anthology film by celebrated Italian director Mario (Black Sunday) Bava.”
The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
“This is a fun comedy with Price as undertaker Waldo Trumball with Peter Lorre as his put upon assistant Felix Gillie and Rathbone as Mr Black, a prospective customer who just won’t stay dead.”
The Sorcerers (1967)
“This film is almost a return to Karloff’s ‘mad doctor’ series for Columbia almost three decades years earlier.”
“Karloff is great playing, essentially, himself. His recitation of ‘Appointment in Samara’ (which caused the film crew to spontaneously applause) is a highlight.”
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
“This is a tale of witchcraft and revenge in which Robert Manning (Mark Eden) goes to Craxted Lodge looking for his brother and finds more than he bargained for.”
Award-winning Boris Karloff historian STEPHEN JACOBS is the author of Karloff: More than a Monster. You can buy his book here from Amazon and read his interview with The Spooky Isles here. He also wrote an Spooky Isles article Karloff’s London, a location guide including Boris Karloff’s childhood homes and filming locations around the English capital.
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