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|The Boris Karloff Box 15 Frightful Films|
Actor: Boris Karloff
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
In this creepy collection of 15 films, Boris Karloff?s cinematic talents are shown off to their best advantage with powerful performances that span more than five decades ? from the silent cinema through the turbulent sixt... more »
FRIGHTFUL IS CORRECT
Terry D. Robertson | Asheville, NC USA | 09/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Frightfully terrible. This 4 disc collection is not the best of Karloff. The closet any box set has come is THE BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION. 4 of 5 flicks star Karloff during his Universal Pictures days at the height of his career. Universal's THE BORIS KARLOFF COLLECTION is a dismal tribute for this legendary actor. Many of the movies on this collection are throw aways or can be purchased seperately. 4 of the 5 delightful Mr. Wong films are included and if you are looking for this, just get the entire set that is in print. This is not to say there are not a few diamonds in the rough. THE GHOUL which was a loan out for MGM in England is very good but too reminiscent of THE MUMMY, but has enough chills to keep you watching. THE APE, a later film in career isn't bad either. The rest are basically cheap Poverty Row B movies. Excluding his FRANKENSTEIN AND MUMMY classics, there are others made during his peak that could be released as a box set. One film that is sorely missing is James Whale's grotesque but humor "THIS DARK OLD HOUSE", as well as many others. The price is right, the transfers are so-so as they were released by a small and cheap video company. So don't waste your money. THE GHOUL and THE APE as well as the WONG collection are readily available and better quality than this poorly assembled tribute.
It is amazing that a star of his stature did not make much money for his work. The most was $30,000! Lugosi fared worse with his highest earnings twice as small as Karloff. This may have been a great deal of money during the 30's but other stars were making more and were less popular than Karloff. A rip off--almost as much as this set."