Video: Boris Karloff recounts a spooky story – The Appointment in Samarra

Don’t be put off by the fuzzy picture quality and the dated 1960s decor.  Close your eyes and listen to the story.  I first heard this years ago and have only just found it again now.  Short, simple and rather brilliant.

It’s a real treat – I hope you enjoy it.

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I’m a huge fan of Boris Karloff  ever since age 13, sitting in my dad’s massive office building, well past midnight with a small portable TV for company as dad worked late – I first discovered James Whale’s – Frankenstein (1931) and Karl Freund’s – The Mummy (1931) and the unbeatable classic Bride of Frankenstein (1935).  You have to admire the man’s passion for the art, sticking to James Whale’s epic vision of Gods and Monsters and suffering a relentless ordeal of gruelling make-up and physical stunts to see that vision through.  Here, nearly forty years after his golden period, he proves himself as the consummate story-teller.

Boris-Karloff as Imhotep in The Mummy 1931 - Universal Studios

Boris Karloff as Imhotep from The Mummy (1931) – Universal

 

Jack Pierce – The unsung hero of Universal Monster movies…

Jack Pierce was the man in front of the many masks that the actors wore in all of the classic black and white horror movies that came out of Universal; his make-up creations are really what bonded together the vision of the writers and directors and the performances of the actors.

Jack Pierce applies make-up for Boris Karloff in The Mummy 1931 - Universal Studios

Jack Pierce applies make-up for Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1931) – Universal

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