The Mummy is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film directed by Karl Freund. The screenplay by John L. Balderston was from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer. Released by Universal Studios, the film stars Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan and Arthur Byron. The film is about an ancient Egyptian mummy named Imhotep who is discovered by a team of archeologists and inadvertently brought back to life through a magic scroll. Disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy searches for his lost love, whom he believes has been reincarnated into a modern girl.
The Comedy of Terrors is an American International Pictures horror comedy film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and (in a cameo) Joe E. Brown in his final film appearance. The film also features Orangey the cat, billed as “Rhubarb the Cat”. It is a blend of comedy and horror which features several cast members from Tales of Terror, made by AIP the year before.
The Terror, from 1963, is an American “horror” film produced and directed by Roger Corman. It stars an old Boris Karloff, a young Jack Nicholson and two unknowns, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller. This stinker is famous for being filmed in less than a week on leftover film sets from other AIP productions, including The Haunted Palace and The Raven. The movie was also released as Lady of the Shadows, The Castle of Terror and The Haunting. To call it a horror film is a bit of a stretch, it’s not as bad as some people make it out to be. But I guess I like slow paced films more than most, because this is a sssslllloooowwww paced film. Nicholson seems almost sedated.
The Ghoul, released in 1933 is a British horror film starring the legendary Boris Karloff. It also features the lesser known yet talented co-stars Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger and Ralph Richardson, whose debuted in films with The Ghoul. The plot revolves around a Professor, played by Karloff, who is to be buried with an Egyptian jewel in order to attain eternal life. When the jewel is stolen by his servant, the professor rises from the dead to reclaim it. Good stuff, classic Karloff.
Curse of the Crimson Altar is a 1968 British horror film directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele and Mark Eden. The film was produced by Lewis M. Heyward for Tigon British Film Productions. The film was released as The Crimson Cult in the United States.
A mondo film is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary, usually depicting sensational topics, scenes, and situations. Common traits of mondo films include emphasis on taboo subjects such as death and sex, portrayals of foreign cultures that have received accusations of racism and staged sequences presented as genuine documentary footage. Over time, the films placed more and more emphasis on footage of the dead and dying, both real and fake. The term “shockumentary” has also been used to describe the genre.
Isle of the Snake People is a 1971 film directed by Juan Ibáñez and starring Boris Karloff and Julissa. The film was produced by Ibanez for Azteca Films. The film was released as La muerte viviente in the United States as a Spanish language film. It was later released for television and dubbed over in English.Isle of the Snake People is one of four low-budget Mexican horror films Karloff made in a package deal with Mexican producer Luis Enrique Vergara, the others being The Incredible Invasion, Fear Chamber, and House of Evil. With Karloff signed, Vergara obtained financing for the four films from Columbia Pictures, which would then distribute them. Karloff received $100,000 per film. Karloff initially rejected the scripts for all of the films, but agreed to them after they were rewritten by Jack Hill.
Filming was planned to take place in Mexico, but Karloff’s emphysema prevented him from working at that altitude. Karloff’s scenes in all four films were directed by Jack Hill at the Dored Studios in Los Angeles in the spring of 1968. Between shots, Karloff rested in a wheelchair. The films were then completed in Mexico at Studios America Mexico. Some additional scenes involving the van Molder character were filmed using a Karloff stand-in named Jerry Petty. Due to the unexpected death of Vergara, the release of the film was held up to determine ownership rights of inheritance under Mexican law. All four films in the package deal were released after Karloff’s death in 1969.