And back to Karloff:-)
Yea.....we just and are still in the middle of a Karloff kick, catching up on years of movies thanx to the DVD sets available. Last night for the first time ever, I saw BODY SNATCHER and man, up until now, I thought Karloff's work in the Frankenstein films was superb, but in this film, WOW! Old Horror films are old hat to us here, but this performance just blew us away. I KNEW the moment Karloff encounters the small cute dog guarding its master's gravesite, that this performance....and film for that matter, was going to be a little bit different. Our jaws dropped when he did what he did....despite it being off screen.....we were like...ooooh Hell nooo they didn't just do that...lol!
I read people talk about actor's giving a 'mesmorizing performance'.....but I usually think they're over-enthused. But here, I was truly fascinated with the straight up evilness he brought to this role...I mean the payoff to seeing the nealry obnoxious singing street girl was ...well...ALMOST too much of a payoff....lol. He felt so dirty....evil......dark......just everything seemed perfect especially contrasted against the other characters. I agree the bar scene had me spellbound at how utterly convincing he was in how over the barrel he had the Doctor, I was squirming in my seat (well, mentally at least lol) but I was getting all uncomfortable for the Doctor (and at that point) wondering what was so damning that he was referencing. It was brilliant I thought. This has got to be on par with the Frankenstein performances, and certainly elevates Karloff higher than he was in my book in his acting chops.
"Phuc Peace, Time To Kill Everyone!"
I LOVE this film and I think alongside Frankenstein its Karloffs best role, hes amazing in it, very sinister and yet kindly to the child. The films helped by a cracking script, talented supporting cast (surely Henry Daniells finest hour!) and a director that fills the production with atmosphere. My only gripe is I always feel sorry for Lugosi when I watch it, his role was written in just to get him in the film and its such a shame he was reduced to such a little role in the film, hes very good in it though, shame we couldnt see more of him. When you compare what they were both like in, say, the black cat...you can see Karloff still has a name in movies but Lugosis career is in bad shape.
A film that gets better with every viewing...first class.