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1940′s

Classic horror legend Boris Karloff would have been 125 years old today. Born William Henry Pratt on November 23rd 1887 he became a Hollywood horror star under the name of Boris Karloff with his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the movie adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1931).

Raise your glasses to this wonderful actor and classic horror icon – beast wishes to Boris Karloff!

BORIS KARLOFF’S TOP 30 HORROR FILMS

  1. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
  2. THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
  3. THE MUMMY (1932)
  4. THE GHOUL (1933)
  5. THE BLACK CAT (1934)
  6. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
  7. THE RAVEN (1935)
  8. SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)
  9. TOWER OF LONDON (1939)
  10. HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)
  11. THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
  12. ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945)
  13. BEDLAM (1946)
  14. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF (1949)
  15. VOODOO ISLAND (1957)
  16. THE HAUNTED STRANGLER (1958)
  17. CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
  18. FRANKENSTEIN 1970
  19. BLACK SABBATH (1963)
  20. THE TERROR (1963)
  21. THE RAVEN (1963)
  22. THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1964)
  23. DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (1965)
  24. MAD MONSTER PARTY? (1967)
  25. THE SORCERERS (1967)
  26. TARGETS (1968)
  27. CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968)
  28. THE FEAR CHAMBER (1968)
  29. THE INCREDIBLE INVASION (1971)
  30. ISLE OF THE SNAKE PEOPLE (1971)

 

Dead of Night (1945) is one of the ultimate classic British horror films, coming at a time (just after the second world war) when few horror films were being made in this country. Highly influential on the later Amicus portmanteau horror films, Dead of Night is screening as the first part of our Fear-Filled Festive Double Bill alongside proto-slasher Black Christmas (1974) at the Roxy Bar and Screen, London, on Sunday 2nd December. So to celebrate this scary Xmas event we take a look at five fascinating facts about classic British horror film Dead of Night!

 

  1. Director Martin Scorsese placed Dead of Night on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time.
  2. When originally released in America, the distributors felt the film was too long so the golfing tale and the Christmas ghost tale were both cut.
  3. Dead of Night’s most famous (and arguably scariest) segment is the tale of a possessed ventriloquist dummy. Not only has this been unofficially remade various times (Devil Doll, 1964 and Magic, 1978) it was also adapted as the audition episode of the long-running CBS radio series Escape.
  4. The film received its US TV premiere on 9th September 1955.
  5. Dead of Night won an award for Most Interesting Screenplay at the 1946 Locarno International Film Festival.

 

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