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BORIS KARLOFF’S MAD GENIUS

October at the Trylon

English actor William Henry Pratt (aka Boris Karloff) spent the early part of his career playing thugs and gangsters in some less-than-memorable films. After getting his big break in James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) he began his real career at age 44: horror film icon. We’ve picked some of Karloff’s most chilling performances for this quadriptych of vintage horror.

THE DEVIL COMMANDS

(1941, DCP, 65m) dir Edward Dmytryk w/Anne Revere, Amanda Duff, Richard Fiske. Dr. Julian Blair (Karloff) is experimenting on the effects of brain waves when his wife is killed in an auto accident. After becoming obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife, he turns to a dubious medium (Revere) for assistance. SUN […]


Showings: Oct. 2 7:00, Oct. 3 7:00, 8:30, Oct. 4 7:00, 8:30

ISLE OF THE DEAD

(1945, 35mm, 71m) dir Mark Robson w/Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery. Trapped with a group of civilians on an island cemetery, a hard-bitten general (Karloff) must decide if a series of mysterious deaths are caused by an outbreak of plague—or by a vampire-like creature draining the life force from those around it. […]


Showings: Oct. 9 3:00, Oct. 10 7:00, 8:30, Oct. 11 7:00, 8:30

THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG

(1939, 35mm, 64m) dir Nick Grinde w/Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor. A scientist experimenting with suspended animation (Karloff) swears revenge on the jury that unjustly convicts him of murder. Months later, members of the jury begin dying mysteriously, and it appears the scientist is making good on his threat. But how—when he’s […]


Showings: Oct. 16 3:00, Oct. 17 7:00, 8:30, Oct. 18 7:00, 8:30

THE BLACK CAT

(1934, 35mm, 65m) dir Edward G. Ulmer w/Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop. An American couple honeymooning in Europe is caught in the middle of a ruinous confrontation between a Satan-worshiping architect (Karloff) and the tormented doctor he betrayed decades earlier (Lugosi). SUN 3:00 MON/TUE 7:00 8:30


Showings: Oct. 23 3:00, Oct. 24 7:00, 8:30, Oct. 25 7:00

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