Friday, October 30, 2015

Frankenstein Friday: Boris Karloff's Frankenstein Monster through the decades

Previously on this date: The Masque of the Red Death and Blood-Curdling Bottles!

As with previous posts featuring Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr's Wolf Man, today we'll be looking at the evolution of Karloff's Frankenstein Monster over the years.
Here is an early makeup test of the Monster that still shows up on licensed merchandise from time to time.

Here is the iconic Monster from the first Universal Frankenstein:

Bride of Frankenstein:

Son of Frankenstein:

Karloff donned the neck bolts for a charity baseball game alongside other celebrities in 1940:

Finally, he appeared as the Monster alongside Lon chaney Jr. and Peter Lorre in an episode of Route 66 in 1962:


  1. There are photos online of Karloff in full monster makeup and costume for a small appearance in the 1947 film, The Secret Life of Walter Mittty. Jack Pierce was brought in to recreate his work. Karloff looked amazing.

    1. You know, I had forgotten all about that! It's been ages since I saw that movie.

    2. The scene was cut unfortunately. Pierce's makeup looked amazing. A shame that scene has been lost. Here's a link to those photos.

    3. That would explain why I forgot all about, then, haha. thanks for the link! I had seen those photos floating around the internet, but didn't realize that was the story behind them.