BORIS KARLOFF:

Sultan of Stylish Scary

A man who believed in looking good while doing bad, Boris was an Elegant Horrorist for the ages.

Style injection
Style injection

Celluloid cuffs and natty cravat and stick pin mean this doctor is too proud to Hyde his sense of style. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 1953

A subtle gun club check
A subtle gun club check

three piece suit gives this mad doctor a look to kill for. THE MAN WITH NINE LIVES, 1940

Glen plaid...
Glen plaid...

...a classically understated suiting for the discerning Elegant Horrorist.

A belted woolen overcoat,
A belted woolen overcoat,

scarf and walking stick and Boris is ready to wander the moors. THE GHOUL, 1933

Good hair
Good hair

...can make DEVIL'S ISLAND into a stylish paradise. 1939

The touch of an elegant horrorist
The touch of an elegant horrorist

...is enough to give Susannah Foster THE CLIMAX. Boris rocks the white tie look, 1944.

Top hat, cape, and murder...
Top hat, cape, and murder...

...direct from London. With his elegant double breasted frock coat (note the fabric covered buttons, pure class), Boris is ready to bludgeon his way onto the cover of VOGUE. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 1953

Something piratical
Something piratical

...always makes the ladies swoon. Loose breeches tucked into boots and an embroidered tunic are a great place to start. THE BLACK ROOM, 1935

Ruff it up
Ruff it up

Boris's camped-up costume is the life of the party in CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA, 1936.

Who says men don't wax?
Who says men don't wax?

When it's a mustache like this crisp number, a bit of wax keeps the tonsorial style looking classic. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, 1953

If you must smoke,
If you must smoke,

...don't forget to accessorize your habit.

Bald is Beautiful
Bald is Beautiful

...and so are medieval necklaces. Boris is in a beheading mood in TOWER OF LONDON, 1939.

The basic homburg
The basic homburg

never looked so stylish as it does crowning Boris' flannel suit.

A peer amid style
A peer amid style

Fabric head dress, belted tunic and sandals give life to THE MUMMY, 1932.

The well dressed monster
The well dressed monster

can afford to wear a sweater under his suit. Because he's so damned stylish. THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1935.

A unique suit of natural fibers
A unique suit of natural fibers

...gives THE MUMMY a touch of eternal style. 1932

Who says torn fabric is tacky?
Who says torn fabric is tacky?

On DEVIL'S ISLAND, its the mark of a true gentleman. 1939.

Rakish collar action
Rakish collar action

plus wild hair equals good times in THE BLACK ROOM, 1935.

Don't skimp on the decor
Don't skimp on the decor

...if you want to be a true Elegant Horrorist. MASK OF FU MANCHU, 1932

A fur tunic fit for a king
A fur tunic fit for a king

...especially the king of monsters. SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1939.

Don't forget skin treatment
Don't forget skin treatment

Kharis has been using the same moisturizing cream for over 2 thousand years. THE MUMMY, 1932

French cuffed elegance
French cuffed elegance

Peaked lapels and silk bow make for black tie class, Karloff-style.

Attention to detail...
Attention to detail...

...like a perfectly executed haircut and piping on your dressing gown are among the marks of a true Elegant Horrorist. THE BLACK CAT, 1934.

Casually rolled sleeves
Casually rolled sleeves

...can't detract from our man's innate elegance.

Metallic fashion accents...
Metallic fashion accents...

...liven up a plain outfit. Head staples and electrodes make just the right statement in THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1935.

More details...
More details...

The peaked lapels indicate a double breasted suit, perfectly in harmony with the long shirt collar and striped tie.

The fashion jury waits...
The fashion jury waits...

...the Boris to make his runway debut. When it's time for your debut, remember: black is always in fashion. FRANKENSTEIN, 1931

The true Elegantt Horrorist...
The true Elegantt Horrorist...

...is dressed up even when dressed down, like Boris in THE BLACK CAT, 1934.

Accessorize!
Accessorize!

The fez and ring add exotic flair in THE MUMMY, 1932.

The Basic Black Suit
The Basic Black Suit

...is the perfect complement to basic green skin. Boris knows how to dress down the dress-up. FRANKENSTEIN, 1931