The Walking Dead (1936)

Mike Matei / October 12th, 2014

Boris Karloff stars as a man brought back to life in a lab, very much like Frankenstein, in this typical horror chiller from the golden age.


  • Don Skiver

    October 12, 2014 at 3:14 am

    More Karloff? Yes please!!

  • DiscoingGD

    October 12, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Great Review as always! Idk if it counts as horror, but I would love to see you review “Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff”!

  • October 12, 2014 at 3:18 am

    It seems like a return to form for Karloff. Prior to Frankenstein, I believe he had a number of small role in gangster films, then stuck with the horror genre after Frankenstein’s success. This one looks like it is worth checking out!

  • culwin

    October 12, 2014 at 3:26 am

    These superstars of horror classics were probably paid dirt for their roles. Like $50 and a sandwich.

  • Pablo1989

    October 12, 2014 at 5:45 am

    YES! more Karloff stuff! 🙂

  • October 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    can’t go wrong with Karloff

  • zengie

    October 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Boris Karloffice.

    • Jaden Vincent

      October 13, 2014 at 4:42 am

      Love chaney jr, mic shreks, green stranger
      Is this supose to be funny?

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

    This is where all these zombie movies came from.

  • October 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Glad you brought up the Monstervision connection. Was just wondering the other day about where some of those intro clips came from.

    • October 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Dude you’re linkara..!!!!!!!!!

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        October 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

        If it’s not a mere coinkydink then I’m sure he’s very glad that you told him. He could go his entire life not knowing this vital piece of information about himself — you’ve saved him from a fate worse than stepping on Legos.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        October 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        Yeah, Lewis/Linkara is a huge fan of Rolfe. You’d know if you went to some of the conventions they both go to 🙂

  • October 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Christopher moltisanti must have been a fan of this film, “cleaver,” anyone?

  • KevinT1149

    October 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I see what James did here The Walking Dead on the day of Season 5 premier of The Walking Dead.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    “Stay in the house Borias!”

  • October 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I REALLY like how you picked this movie today! Walking Dead Season 5 premiere!!

  • October 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Nice job! 🙂

  • October 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    In Stephen King’s TV series Kingdom Hospital, the phrase “BEWARE OF THE WALKING DEAD” appears on the wall just after the 44 minute mark.

  • October 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Somehow I found him scarier as the Grinch. XD

  • October 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Argh, that jump scare at the end has gotten me in every video this Monster Madness. I keep forgetting!

  • Jimmy Reed

    October 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm


  • ZomboCombo

    October 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Santa Claus is a mad scientist??

  • October 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I love Morris Karloff!

  • October 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Speaking of the Television series yesterday I begun watching the series starting with season 1 with the pilot directed by frank darabont and since you’ve mention the series in this video and last year’s with the Romero dead series what did you think of the series?

  • Claude Lilford

    October 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I do think it’s interesting that a lot of Gangster Horror follows a similar story, a man is set up or framed by gangsters and through Science he returns to seek revenge, even films as recent as Terminator Salvation use a similar plotline.
    If you like Gangster Horror I recommend ‘The Monster and The Girl’, a great film which combines horror, science fiction and gangster to great effect, though I am fond of it I think it should be remade as a superhero neo noir.
    That would be awesome!

    • Creedswede

      October 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Innocent Blood is another good gangster horror movie that I can recommend.

  • low_tone1

    October 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I really like the connection between this movie and Night of the Living Dead. It shows how different movies/actors influence one another. I have always found this interesting and appreciate it when those connections are pointed out here in Monster Madness. Great work yet again, James!

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    The Karloff Legacy Continues!!!!!

  • bigrey

    October 14, 2014 at 1:18 am

    well people keep bashing at The walking dead series….. like stop it. the purpose of the series is not to make something new but to make something entertaining of what’s already been done without getting too cheesy(even if sometimes they do) and we can say they have succeeded pretty well!

  • Hypoxic

    October 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    It’s too bad The Walking Dead TV show is a mindless, lumbering zombie unto itself.

  • Slamraptor

    October 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Loved the colourized outro, nice reference. (:

  • Johnthegamer

    October 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Being as into horror as James is, and I know he doesn’t really review TV shows. All the same kind of surprised he never done a review of the modern The Walking Dead. Like end of season reviews something like that.

  • Tyler Zimmerman

    October 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I’m glad monster madness is back woo!

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Karloff ,Lugosi ,Price ,Chaney …They are the classic superstar of horror movies Luv them all I saw that movie walking dead when I began the series of the same name different but nice to watch !

  • skwij

    October 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    James. sir, your knowledge of this genre never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the video!

  • February 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Holy shit they used the plot of the walking dead in the crow: salvation!

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Boris Karloff is one of my favorite horror movie actors.

  • sutekh22

    February 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Can’t agree with James on this. Walking Dead is a much better movie. Yes Karloff has less to do but that’s not all it has going for it. This film is loaded with atmosphere and has a really interesting idea, God using a scientist to bring justice to a dead man. It’s beautifully acted all around, with Edmund Gwenn and Ricardo Cortez really standing out. The best horror movie WB made in the 30’s I think.

  • December 11, 2016 at 4:31 am

    I’m surprised he never made a joke about this film having a similar name to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead

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