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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'Black Friday,' Starring Boris Karloff as a Brainy Evil Scientist

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 6, 2013 at 2:26PM

Brains on Ice! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing 1940 Boris Karloff starrer "Black Friday."
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Boris Karloff in production still for "Black Friday"
Boris Karloff in production still for "Black Friday"

Brains on Ice! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing 1940 Boris Karloff starrer "Black Friday." 

More brain games from screenwriter Curt Siodmak, this time involving Boris Karloff as an ethically-challenged scientist who transfers the grey matter of a brutal gangster into the skull of timid professor Stanley Ridges. Karloff and Lugosi are top-billed but the velvet-toned Ridges, an underrated vet who refined his craft on the English stage, turns in a memorable dual-edged performance as the gentle soul who suffers through a series of Hyde-like transformations.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.