We’re not talking about the novel. There was a woman behind the novel, of course, Ms. Mary Shelley. We’re talking about the classic Universal movie. For that one, we could be speaking of James Whale. He is deserving of such an honor. But this article is about the other man behind the Monster, equally as deserving. The man who more literally brought the creation of Victor Frankenstein—Sorry. Forgot we were talking about the movie. That should be “Henry” Frankenstein.—to cinematic life. I mean, obviously, Boris Karloff.
The documentary BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER was supposed to be given a limited theatrical release in October, but the date has been moved up to September 17th. (I expect this is due to October becoming an increasingly busy month at the box office, with HALLOWEEN KILLS, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE, and DUNE all scheduled to open.) Check out the trailer here.
Let’s hope the documentary proves successful enough that the powers-that-be, whomever they be, will consider doing projects on the other actors synonymous with the Universal Monsters. I’d love to see one done on Bela Lugosi (Dracula *and* Frankenstein) and Lon Chaney Jr. (the Wolfman, the Mummy, *and* the Son of Dracula).