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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021)

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Drawing from dozens of interviews including Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Roger Corman, Ron Perlman, Sara Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich, Christopher Plummer, Stefanie Powers, Lee Grant, Sir Christopher Frayling, and Kevin Brownlow, 'Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster' takes us to the heart of the man, with a gripping, intimate portrait of Karloff and the genre he helped define.

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Cast

Ron Perlman
as Self - Interviewee
Guillermo del Toro
as Self - Interviewee
Christopher Plummer
as Self - Interviewee
Caroline Munro
as Self - Interviewee
Stefanie Powers
as Self - Interviewee
John Landis
as Self - Interviewee
Peter Bogdanovich
as Self - Interviewee
Lee Grant
as Self - Interviewee
Orson Bean
as Self - Interviewee
Roger Corman
as Self - Interviewee
Dick Miller
as Self - Interviewee
Joe Dante
as Self - Interviewee
Ian Ogilvy
as Self - Interviewee
Nehemiah Persoff
as Self - Interviewee
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Critic Reviews for Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

In Thomas Hamilton's not-quite-adoring but hugely affectionate biographical documentary, Karloff emerges as a very decent man, whose job was to terrify millions. And whose often-startling filmography is worth a revisit.

January 27, 2022 | Full Review…

Altogether this is one huge knowledge bomb, and given the depth of research and rich store of archive material, it's a shame that the original parts of the documentary are so shonky...

January 26, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This movie honors both requirements of any documentary you can call memorable. It educates and entertains at the same time.

September 17, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster is a loving tribute to the man and his career, and one his fans won't want to miss.

January 28, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Simple in its form, this film is nonetheless engaging throughout, shot through with interesting anecdotes and observations about what was going on behind the scenes.

January 27, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's essentially a snappy crash course on the defining points of his work as an actor, and, despite a scatterbrained structure, the documentary is a compelling insight into what made Karloff a spectacular actor.

January 27, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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