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Added by Larry Talbot on 31 Mar 2012 09:43
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Top ten Boris Karloff performances

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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Karloff shows his incredible range in this movie. There is a look that he gives when he knows he has to kill again that will break the heart, but then he pulls a 180 and becomes very creepy only to become human again when we learn that he only blackmails because it's all he has and if he didn't, he would just be a lowly cab driver. A wonderful character in a marvelous and underlooked film.
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People who added this item 1064 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Frankenstein (1931)
Goes without saying
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People who added this item 767 Average listal rating (450 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Karloff adds speech to his already fantastic monster performance. I prefer Karloff in the first film though, because it's more amazing to see him emote through pantomime.
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People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Mummy (1932)
Another iconic role as the sympathetic mummy Im Ho tep.
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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Targets (1968)
Boris Karloff practically plays himself and considering that it's one of his final film roles, it's very honest and tugs at the heartstrings.
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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
The Black Cat (1934)
I'd go so far as to say that this is the most evil character that Karloff ever portrayed.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Karloff plays the head physician at an insane Asylum and is truly a petty, deplorable creation.
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.3
A deliciously vile and often comical character. The image of Karloff's Manchu leering over the man as he tortures him is an everlasting haunting image in my mind.
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
Val Lewton casts Karloff as another multi dimensional character. This time he plays a superstitious general who does everything to protect his people from a wurdulak(a vampire) in the time of a plague outbreak.
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People who added this item 269 Average listal rating (165 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Black Sabbath (1963)
This time Karloff plays the Wurdulak in the "Wurdulak" segment of this anthology horror film. It's the silent moments that are the scariest and with Mario Bava's lighting, it's the most bone chilling role that he ever played.
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