Day 33 – My Top Ten Favorite Boris Karloff Films

The Films of Boris Karloff 2So this is the 34th consecutive day of posting an item about Boris Karloff here at Monster Movie Kid. We started with a prelude on September 30th, worked our way through the entire month of October and have arrived on November 2nd. Our journey ends here for now but before we take a look at the future, let’s wrap up a few loose ends.

Per request from reader Barry Harding, here are my current top ten favorite Boris Karloff films. As with any list, they will vary depending on my mood but this is what I have as of today. Ask me next week and they’ll likely be different. With that said, the Universal classics are always high on the list. I love Karloff and Peter Lorre together, so no surprise two of their films together are represented. And finally, I have a soft spot for #7 as I vividly remember my dad and I watching this on a Saturday night with Crematia Mortem on the Creature Feature in the early 1980s.

1. The Black Cat (1934)Karloff Bride
2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
3. Frankenstein (1931)

4. The Mummy (1932)
5. The Old Dark House (1932)
6. The Body Snatcher (1945)
7. The Black Room (1935)
8. The Raven (1963)
9. The Raven (1935)
10. The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

And if you are wondering what my least favorite flick is, this one never changes. The Island Monster (1953) is a really bad flick. More on that flick later. As for the better Karloff films, I will continue to review more of his films randomly throughout 2015. There are a lot more great films and why should we bother stopping now.blackcatTC

Now, per another request, here is a checklist of what I have already done here at Monster Movie Kid.

1st Annual 31 Days of Halloween 2012:
Frankenstein (1931)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Mummy (1932)

2nd Annual 31 Days of Halloween 2013:
The Black Cat (1934)
The Raven (1934)
The Black Room (1935)

3rd Annual 31 Days of Halloween 2014:
The Old Dark House (1932)
Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
The Ghoul (1933)
The Walking Dead (1936)
The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)
Juggernaut (1936)The Mummy 1932
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
Tower of London (1939)
Black Friday (1940)
The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
Before I Hang (1940)
You’ll Find Out (1940)
The Devil Commands (1941)
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
The Climax (1944)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Isle of the Dead (1945)
Bedlam (1946)
The Strange Door (1951)
The Black Castle (1952)
Voodoo Island (1957)
The Haunted Strangler (1958)
Corridors of Blood (1958)
Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
The Raven (1963)
The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
The Terror (1963)
Black Sabbath (1963)
Die, Monster, Die (1965)
The Sorcerers (1967)
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
The Fear Chamber (1968)
House of Evil (1968)
Cauldron of Blood (1970)
The Alien Invasion (1971)
Isle of the Snake People (1971)

Bela Lugosi CollageAnd last but not least, what is the plan for the 4th Annual 31 Days of Halloween in 2015? This was an easy decision that I made somewhere around Oct. 5thA Tribute to Bela Lugosi! Same format as this year with a current plan of reviewing 34 films including co-stars such as Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone and Lon Chaney Jr.

With that, the Monster Movie Kid needs a break. It’s been a fantastic month and I appreciate all of the great support both here on the site as well as on Facebook. I’ll be back later this month with the Countdown to Turkey Day where I’ll be reviewing some real turkeys. Movies on tap will include The Island Monster (1953) starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) and a crazy Mexican horror flick involving Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood and a singing Frankenstein. Stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Day 33 – My Top Ten Favorite Boris Karloff Films

  1. Great list. Mine would be similar, though I’d knock out The Black Room in favor of The Walking Dead — which I just saw again and really, really like. And I need to re-watch The Boogie Men Will Get You.

    Thanks for doing this all month long, I really enjoyed it and — as I’ve said elsewhere — it inspired me to upgrade some of my copies of Boris’ films, and find some new ones. (Almost made it through Island monster last night. Who the hell dubbed Boris?! Will finish that one today, and then move on to better things.)

    Looking forward to Bela next year.

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