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Boris Karloff booksigning at Larry Edmunds in Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 19th, 2011
Apr 19


“Boris Karloff- More Than A Monster” booksigning at Larry Edmunds Bookshop



Friday, April 22, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop

6644 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, 90028





The new biography, “Boris Karloff- More Than A Monster” by Stephen Jacobs weighs in at 3.5 pounds and 568 pages. According to Sara Karloff, this authorized book is “the DEFINITIVE book on my father!”


Drop by on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. as Sara Karloff signs copies of Stephen Jacobs book when she joins us for a salute to her father. Come watch “Boris Karloff- THIS IS YOUR LIFE” and see color home movies of Karloff as the monster. A true celebration of the legend !


This is the new authorised and definitive biography. Boris Karloff – a name synonymous with horror. Drawing on detailed research, previously unpublished letters, and interviews with those who knew him this new biography dispels the often repeated myths associated with the star – many perpetuated by Karloff himself – and reveals a wealth of new information about the private and professional life of Boris Karloff. Although forever associated with his breakthrough role of ‘the Monster’ in Frankenstein (1931) Boris Karloff had a career that spanned almost 50 years and over 150 movies – from the era of the silent picture through to the days of the ‘Swinging Sixties’. His roles in “Bride of Frankenstein”, “The Mummy”, “The Black Cat”, and many others – most now considered classics of the genre – ensured his reputation as ‘The King of Horror’. Born William Henry Pratt in Camberwell, South London in 1887 Karloff defied family expectations and rejected a life in Government service. Instead he emigrated to Canada were he finally found work as a professional actor. After years touring Western Canada and the United States he arrived in Hollywood and tried his hand at movie acting. But success did not come overnight and the actor worked in pictures for over a decade before being asked to test for the role of the Monster. As public tastes changed Karloff was willing to adapt to the times and embraced work on the theatre, radio and television. His experience of the movie studios treatment of his colleagues led Karloff to advocate actors’ rights and he became instrumental in the creation of the Screen Actors Guild. Few actors ever achieved the iconic status Karloff has been awarded. This is the only book that tells the whole story!



The Bride of Frankenstein @ Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 16th, 2009
Jul 16


The Bride of Frankenstein


The Bride of Frankenstein


cinespia cemetery screenings season 09


saturday, july 18th

bride of frankenstein

directed by james whale (1935, 75 mins.)


gates at 7:30 pm, film at 9:00 pm
hollywood forever cemetery
6000 santa monica boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary.
$10 donation tickets available at gate. parking $5.
as a courtesy to other movie-goers: no tall chairs.


Sparkling wit, monster pathos and mad science, Bride has it all. Directed with an easy playfulness, it is suprisingly sharp, sophisticated and funny, and truly one of the great horror films of all time. Starring Boris Karloff in his most famous role as Frankenstein, the film is as compelling now as when it was first made. Elsa Lanchester is brilliant as the bride of frankenstein, the best monster of all time!


DJ dave orlando (dubclub, punky reaggae party and dr. who) spins before and after the screening.


FUN FACT: William Hurlbut, the screenwriter of The Bride of Frankenstein, is interred in a crypt  in one of the mausoleums behind where the film is being screened.



Obit…Hazel Court

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 17th, 2008
Apr 17

‘Raven’ scream queen Hazel Court dies at 82


Cult horror star died of heart attack at home near Lake Tahoe, Calif.


The Associated Press
Wednesday, April. 16, 2008


LOS ANGELESHazel Court, a British beauty who co-starred with the likes of Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in horror movies of the 1950s and ’60s, has died. She was 82.


Court died Tuesday at her home near Lake Tahoe of a heart attack, her daughter said Wednesday.


While she had a substantial acting career both in England and on American TV, Court was perhaps best known for her work in such films as 1963’s “The Raven.” She co-starred with Price, Karloff and Peter Lorre in a Roger Corman take on the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem.


Corman directed her in five movies. Like other “scream queens” of the era, Court’s roles often relied on her cleavage and her ability to shriek in fear and die horrible deaths.


“The Premature Burial,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Curse of Frankenstein” and “Devil Girl from Mars” helped propel her to cult status and brought her fan mail even in her later years.


Court had finished an autobiography, “Hazel Court — Horror Queen,” which will be published in Britain, said her daughter, Sally Walsh.




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