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rhett
01-22-2007, 07:28 PM
Everyone will remember this English bloke for his heartfelt depiction of Mary Shelly's original monster, but Karloff has been notable in several other performances. Will it be some of his Lewton work, his work with the Gordon's, or something else altogether?

Spacevis
01-22-2007, 07:56 PM
The Raven :D

Althought I must say Peter Lorre actually steals the show in that one.

Cujo108
01-22-2007, 08:45 PM
His performance in Targets is his best performance, period.

satans-sadists
01-22-2007, 09:20 PM
I would choose the Val Lewton production The Body Snatcher. Karloff's performance as Cabman Gray is the most complex of his career. Runners up for me would be The Black Cat, The Mummy, and Targets.

shape22
01-22-2007, 09:32 PM
I second The Body Snatcher. He's incredible in that one. That has to be one of the more menacing performances in cinema history. That Lewton box set is a real treasure in general. I had never seen the majority of those films.

I loved his work in Targets as well, especially because he's essentially playing himself. The scene where he tells that long story all in one take is a great piece of work. He was apparently in very poor health when he made that film, which makes it that much more remarkable.

VenicuS
01-22-2007, 09:32 PM
I'm all about "The Body Snatcher", myself. Great role, although I liked his depiction of the mute in "The Old Dark House", as well. But "The Mummy" runs a close second behind TBS.

dwatts
01-23-2007, 12:11 AM
There's a lot, but since I have choose at this very moment, I went other.

He's so much fun in The Mask of Fu Manchu, and with its racist overtones, it's just a hoot to see today. So I'm going with that.

DrHerbertWest
01-25-2007, 05:59 PM
I went with Black Cat. Karloff AND Legosi. Awesome.

Spit
01-26-2007, 07:14 PM
The best Karloff role of all was when he played a woman!
http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~ateufel/boris2.jpg

Aww shes so PRETTY!

dwatts
01-26-2007, 07:15 PM
Someone link for Ryan. :D

RyanPC
01-26-2007, 08:49 PM
The best Karloff role of all was when he played a woman!
http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~ateufel/boris2.jpg

Aww shes so PRETTY!

:eek1: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Workshed
01-26-2007, 09:11 PM
:eek1: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I love the pairing in that post of your avatar and that image, RyanPC. No offense, of course, to Bea. :lol:

RyanPC
01-26-2007, 09:30 PM
I love the pairing in that post of your avatar and that image, RyanPC. No offense, of course, to Bea. :lol:

They do look a lot alike, don't they? Especially now:

http://www.beatricearthur.com/images/news/030405_02.jpg

I love her to death, though. :lol:

Workshed
01-26-2007, 09:37 PM
Glad it's Friday, as I am laughing out loud at work.

dwatts
01-26-2007, 11:34 PM
They do look a lot alike, don't they? Especially now:

http://www.beatricearthur.com/images/news/030405_02.jpg



I see a hint of Betty Davis.

4Gotten1
01-27-2007, 05:45 PM
Black Sabbath. Probably my favorite Bava as well. He was very effective in The Wurdulak.

ReelFear
01-27-2007, 06:21 PM
Targets.

Anthropophagus
01-28-2007, 12:02 AM
Always liked The Body Snatcher. The original Mummy for some reason does nothing for me. I do like the Hammer films version with Lee and Cushing and have a strange fascination with Agrama's Dawn Of The Mummy even though I know it sucks.

Darga
01-31-2007, 01:08 AM
Yes, Black Sabbath. It should have been a choice on the list.

Deus Ex Machina
01-31-2007, 01:16 AM
I like his senbd up of himself in Targets...good movie to go out on

Erick H.
01-31-2007, 06:19 AM
Karloff was a fantastic actor,who did great work in and out of the horror genre.Having to choose just one,I'd go with TARGETS.It's such a great part,tailor made for him.The scene where he tells his scary Arabian tale is prime Karloff.
It always irks me that men like Karloff,Peter Cushing,Vincent Price and others of their ilk,consumate actors,were never acknowledged by the Academy when so many lesser performers were.There is a real bias against the horror genre,it's much easier to take home an Oscar for a mediocre drama than it is for a great horror film,they just aren't taken seriously.I wish we could at least get Christopher Lee an honorary Oscar while he's still around to pick one up.We're losing that generation of horror icons,it would be nice to show them a little appreciation.Everyone always says how great they were AFTER they are gone.