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Por whc018 - 6 de Mayo, 2013, 4:22, Categoría: General
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"Once upon a time a midniteBeats UK Blog dreary I ponder weak and weary" just like the macabre writings of Edger Allen Poe. It kinda reminds me of those monster movies we used to watch when we were kids. You know the Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi flicks that always came on TV mostly on Saturday nights when television was so young. Whether it was Frankenstein or Dracula and others we were all entertained. In more than one instance as kids we tried to make a real life monster, just like the Frankenstein movie we watched that previous Saturday. We literally Cheap Monster Beats
rday nite monster movies were showcased by Soupy Sales who hosted Shock Theater. As kids we begged our parents or did anything just so they would let us stay up to that ungodly hour of 10 o'clock when Shock Theater came on. Huddled under blankets ever so near to those small TV screens we were glued to the tube as they say until the very last.
It was Boris Karloff''s Frankenstein that scared us the most. From the moment Dr. Frankenstein yelled "It's Alive" sent shivers down our spines. Even after over 50 years all those movies still come back and conjure memories of wonderful days and nites of a youth filled with imagination. When you look back to those monster movies and compare them, to well, I don't think we can call it a comparison. Mainly because those movies were made without the sadistic violence that is associated with the horror movies of today. Those cult classics used shadows, illusions and let peoples imagination do the rest in order to grasp the setting and tone of all those monster movies of years ago.
Boris Karloff went on to star in many more films but will be forever linked to the most famous role of the Frankenstein monster. Arguably, he was Hollywood's most celebrated and enduring sc Monster Dre Beats
reen horror icon. Boris Karloff embodied legendary movie monsters and madmen in such films as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1931), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Isle of the Dead" (1945) and "The Body Snatcher" (1945) over the course of a four-decade career. He began as an obscure background player in silent films of the 1920's, until 1931, when his sympathetic portrayal as the Monster in "Frankenstein" made him an international star.
For the next two decades, Karloff was the undisputed king of movie horror, while cultivating a lively presence in more dramatic and even comic fare on television and stage. He remained exceptionally popular well intil his eighties. Even then he attracted a whole new generation of young viewers, who were entranced by his avuncular narration for "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!" . A beloved figure both on and off-screen, Karloff's performances were both chilling and charming. He still remains the gold standard by which all subsequent horror actors are measured. Born William Henry Pratt on Nov. 23, 1887 in the London district of East Dulwich, England, Boris Karloff was the youngest of nine children. He was the only one to venture into acting.
When young Boris in 1909 came to North America it was in Canada that he honed his craft in between all those manual labor jobs that literally almost crippled him. Once arriving in Hollywood Boris earned most of his money as a truck driver in between small parts in silent films. His big break came when he was picked for the Monster role in Frankenstein. Originally that part was going to be played by non other than Bela Lugosi. The film catapulted Boris Karloff to international fame. They say that the rest is history. That is so true especially in Boris Karloff's case. One of the original founding members of the Screen Actors Guild Boris Karloff enjoyed a career well up until he was in his eighties.
Some of his most memorable quotes still resonate a man who has always been ever so humble in a career that was so remarkable and memorable. These one quote on whether he resented being typed cased as a "horror star shows the humility of the man. "One always hears of actors complaining of being typed cased: if he's young, he's typed as a juvenile; if he's handsome, he's typed as a leading man. I was lucky. Whereas bootmakers have to spend millions to establish a trademark, I was handed a trademark free of charge. When an actor gets in a position to select his own roles, he's in big trouble, for he never knows what he can do best. I'm sure I'd be damn good as little Lord Fauntleroy, but who would pay ten cents to see it?"
These other quotes continue to show remarkable insight into a career that spanned decades.
"When I was nine I played the demon king in Cinderella and it launched me on a long and happy life of being a monster."
"My wife has good taste. She has seen very few of my movies."
"I don't really scare children any more than do Jungle Jim, Dan Dunn, Tarzan, and the other heroes of the comic sections."
"You could heave a brick out of the window and hit ten actors who could play my parts. I just happened to be on the right corner at the right time."
"The monster was the best friend I ever had."
"Poor old Bela, it was a strange thing. He was really a shy, sensitive, talented man who had a fine career on the classical stage in Europe, but he made a fatal mistake. He never took the trouble to learn our language. He had real problems with his speech and difficulty interpreting lines."
"My leg in a steel brace. operating with only half a lung. why, it's a public scandal that I'm still around, But as long as the people want me, I feel an obligation to go on performing. After all, every time I act I provide employment for a fleet of doubles."
"I am a very lucky man. Here I am in my 80th year, and I am still able to earn my bread and butter at my profession. I am one of that very small family of the human race who happens to thoroughly enjoy his work. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't go on."
"Jack Pierce the best make-up man in the world. I owe him a lot."
"Most actors, you know, come out here with contracts from New York. They have gone through their hardships back East, and once in Hollywood, everything is easy on them. But I can remember standing outside little one-arm restaurants along Hollywood Boulevard and wishing I had an extra dime - for a couple of doughnuts to go with my coffee."
These most memorable quotes sum up what a wonderful humble man Boris Karloff was. All this hidden under all the makeup that played a most significant part in the characters that he played on the screen. To this day the Frankenstein monster, a cult figure now, is forever linked to one of the finest actors that lived and yet never took himself too seriously..
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