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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Vatche Arabian

Starring:
Conor Timmis
Liesl Ehardt
Norman Bryn

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
This little documentary details the quest of a Boris Karloff fan who wants Universal studios to do a Bio-pic of the man himself. The only thing is, he wants to play Karloff. This is essentially his hour long pitch to show that he is the man for the job.  
Is it good movie?
I love documentaries and seek them out all the time. I love finding out how things work and why certain decisions were made. With that being said, I didn't really love this particular film.

If you know anything about anything, you know that Karloff's Frankenstein and Mummy characters are two of the biggest characters in horror history. This film student names Conor Timmis loves Karloff and decided to re-enact some of the scenes from those movies.

The whole deal is done with love and dedication and it's neat to see the process the guy goes through to re-enact the scenes he does. He tries hard to get the make-up right and the sets are flimsy but passable. Their team attempts to get it right just as famous make-up artist Jack Pierce did so long ago.

With that being said, I just..didn't buy it. I like the idea, I admire the heart and think it's amazing that they got this out on DVD but the whole thing didn't come off right. The make-up looked bad, or rather the guy just doesn't look right in it. It's cool, but the whole thing felt like buddies playing dress-up. Sorry!
Video / Audio

No video or audio specs are listed on this disc.

The Extras

In terms of extras, there's a fair amount.

 

You get bloopers and outtakes, if you like that sort of thing.

 

There are also a few short films from this crew, Booth, Re-Animator 1942, Pickman's Model, and a short making of for the last film. Another way to show the crew is capable, I guess but these films aren't really strong either.

 

You also get a short featurette called Creating a Villain, which involves what goes into creating a monster that you see on film, if you didn't get enough of that in the main film.

 

You also get a low budget Frankenstein music video by a group called Not for Nothing, which sports an okay song but a laughable video.

Last Call
Overall, I was disappointed by this film. It's a fine little promo reel for Universal to see, but I'll bet they reject it. Take nothing away from their work though because these guys work hard and deserve some praise for that. I just felt like I was watching some fans trying to do a bit of justice.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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