Paying tribute to a gentle monster…


By Shawn Robare





I just wanted to take a second and help spread the word about another interesting blogging event coming up next month.  In honor of the amazing Boris Karloff, Pierre Fournier of the wonderful Frankenstenia is putting together a week-long discussion of the master thespian and all around gentle monster. I’ll let Pierre explain in his own words…


"Beginning on November 23 — Karloff’s 122nd birthday — and on through the 29th, bloggers far and wide are invited to post something about Boris, his life and his wide-ranging career.


There is much to explore… His film work spanned five decades.  He clocked some 75 films through the silent era before he landed and nailed the iconic part of The Monster in Frankenstein, a film that is almost 80 years old and still seen and admired.  The sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein, is a motion picture classic.  In his path through the history of horror films, Karloff collaborated with James Whale, Val Lewton, Mario Bava and Roger Corman.  He proved equally at ease in all genres, including comedies.



Away from films, Boris Karloff became a Broadway star with Arsenic and Old Lace, The Lark and he was Captain Hook in Peter Pan.



He enjoyed a successful radio career and he was one of the first Hollywood actors to embrace television, appearing in live drama, in his own series — notably Colonel March of Scotland Yard and Thriller — and as a frequent and popular guest on talk and variety shows.  He was the model and the Grammy Award-winning voice of The Grinch.  He made numerous spoken word records, reading fairy tales to children and, in print, he lent his name to horror and mystery anthologies and a line of comic books.



In real life, Boris Karloff was a gentleman, a cricket fan and a brave founding member of the Screen Actor’s Guild.



It’s been forty years since Boris Karloff passed away, yet his star shines as bright as ever.  This November 23, bloggers will come together and share film reviews, profiles, images, thoughts and remembrances and, I am sure, surprises.  I, as a reader, am looking forward to it."



I plan on participating in this event.  It’ll help to wean myself off of all of this Halloween blogging, and honestly, I’m always eager to talk about Mr. Karloff.  For more information head on over to Frankensteinia, which is also always a treat.