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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The BORIS KARLOFF BLOGATHON: Celebrating Boris Karloff

My entry in last year's Boris Karloff Blogathon, containing my since then Karloff portraits and fan art. There have been more of them since, which can already be found in my Redbubble gallery and eventually will be also presented here in the near future...

Celebrating the life and times of a wonderful actor and man, I'm happy to be a part of Frankensteinia's BORIS KARLOFF BLOGATHON, running this week throughout dozen of blogs of all themes and subjects.
To play my part in this wonderful event I give you my own interpretations of the man in a series of portraits I've created devoted to his work, hosted in the RedBubble art community...


As Edward Van Sloan steps out of the curtain:
How do you do? Mr. Carl Laemmle feels it would be a little unkind to present this picture without just a word of friendly warning. We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation – life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even – horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now’s your chance to – uh, well, we warned you.
The legend Boris Karloff as The Monster of Frankenstein in the 1931 Universal Pictures film directed by James Whale.

Pencils and charcoal on paper.

The Monster

At first, I experimented only with dead animals, and then a human heart which I kept beating for three weeks. But now, I’m going to turn that ray on that body and endow it with life… Tonight, you shall have your proof…
Dr Henry Frankenstein, scientist.

The Monster Is Loose!

That body is not dead. It has never lived. I created it. I made it with my own hands from the bodies I took from graves, from the gallows, anywhere! Go and see for yourself…
Look! It’s moving. It’s sha—it’s… it’s alive. It’s alive... It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive! It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive! It’s ALIVE!
Dr Henry Frankenstein, scientist.

Dr Frankenstein and the Bride of the Monster

From James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece The Bride of Frankenstein...
The beautiful Elsa Lanchester in the part that marked her career as an actress and the unfortunate Colin Clive who died at the young age of 37 by suffering from tuberculosis.
Many have considered Bride of Frankenstein the best of the golden age horror movies.

Ardath Bey

The legend Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey, the King of the Dead or Imhotep or simply The Mummy in the 1932 Karl Freund classic film.
Pencils and charcoal on paper.

Black Sabbath: The Three Faces Of Fear - Face 3: The Wurdulak

A story that goes beyond the boundaries of the Supernatural to the half-world of the living dead. Where a woman’s soul inhabits a fly’s body, where Vengeance is only a voice and where vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest.
Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava, originally italian titled I Tre volti della paura. The film consists of three segments, three different stories each introduced by Boris Karloff.
The last and longest segment, The Wurdulak, is a vampire story very similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. It makes Black Sabbath the only film that Boris Karloff has ever played a vampire.

The Walking Dead

Boris Karloff as John Ellman, a man framed for murder, unfairly tried and sent to the electric chair… only to be revived… in the 1936 Michael Curtiz film, The Walking Dead.
Inks, charcoal and pastel colours.


Dick Tracy, master detective, grapples with time and the underworld in the 1947 film by John Rawlins Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, starring Boris Karloff as the former convict who has found out about a scientist’s secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it and uses it for bank robbing!
Inks and pastel colours.

Thumbs up for Frankensteinia and its excellent proposition for such an event!
It is surely going to be a Thriller! ...

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