The Man Behind The Monster: The Ultimate Boris Karloff Documentary Is Head Your Way

August 18, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Boris Karloff is an absolute legend in the horror genre, appearing in films such as Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Raven and so many more. A new documentary, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster intends to shed light on the star, whose real name is William Henry Pratt, and his extraordinary 60-year long acting career.

Directed by Thomas Hamilton (Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn) and co-produced and co-written by Ron MacCloskey, the film provides a riveting depiction of Karloff and the genre he helped define through exclusive interviews with his daughter, Sarah Karloff, and filmmakers he influenced, including Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Plummer, John Landis, Roger Corman, and Kevin Brownlow. The documentary is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2010 biography “Boris Karloff: More Than A Monster,” written by Karloff’s official biographer Stephen Jacobs, who also serves as the film’s historical consultant.



In Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster, audiences will be taken on a journey through Boris Karloff’s life and career. They will discover the secrets of the man, the struggles and triumphs of his career, as well as the surprising twists it took, and hear direct testimony from the man himself and those who were closest,” stated director Thomas Hamilton. “Additionally, we chart the rise of one of the most durable of Hollywood genres, the horror film, and provide fresh perspectives on the peculiar power that these films retain, 90 years after they were made.”

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster opens in select theaters on September 17, 2021, from Shout Studios. For more information please visit the official website.

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