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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! It’s not right to run behind the scenes pictures of monster movies without including the granddaddy of monster make-ups, Mr. Jack Pierce, working on one of his most iconic creations: Frankenstein’s Monster. I have a few pics of Karloff in the make-up lounging around the set of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein, but to include the make-up process itself was the big reason I picked this one first. Here’s the pic! Pierce is the one on the left! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pics (yes multiple) were submitted by Ms. Jennifer Tilly herself. They’re weird, but cool… boobs and blood, can’t go wrong with that combination! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness

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  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    hopefully jennifer tillys tits r on full display

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Close to 70 years old. And still frightening.

    by Daytripper69

    Good stuff! Never saw this before. Amazing.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by kaylum

    Frankenstein's Monster had a six-pack, who knew?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Isn't that just a picture of Kesha?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Don't stop!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    was expecting something from "weird science"

    by sonnyhooper

    .....not really sure why.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Love this film.

    by Conaw

    One of the best monster movies ever made.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    The old dude in the pic in the background looks...

    by SoylentMean

    constipated. And old.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Hi ..I'm Boris "The Situation" Karloff for N ox

    by mr dark

    Get the body you want now..It's easy ...It's in the graveyard...

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Thats one of them thar

    by NippleEffect

    kardashian broads

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Jack Pierce Was A Dick

    by AlexMurphy

    Seriously, the guy was a douche. Not to detract from the man who was almost entirely responsible for the amazing Universal Monster line-up back in the day, but this guy totally shit on foam latex when it was in its infancy. <p> In comparison, look at someone like Dick Smith or Stan Winston, who constantly experimented and pioneered multiple techniques in the name of makeup evolution. Same for Rick Baker. <p> Hell, Rob Bottin was/is a major league dick as well, but he was also big on experimentation, especially after Rick Baker (his former boss) blew away Bottin's work on The Howling with the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf. <p> When Pierce was met with alternate methods and new techniques that were quickly making his appliances look like artifacts, he chose to go down with the ship instead of embracing progress. <p> What kind of world would we be living in if filmmakers took the safe route? We wouldn't have the groundbreaking multi-piece prosthetics in Little Big Man, the massive evolutionary jump in motion-control effects in Star Wars, the Zoptic front-projection effects of Superman, nor the the computer-generated stunners of Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park. <p> In as much as jumping on the bandwagon can hurt a film (like the complete overkill of CGI seen over the past 10-15 years) refusing to accept something new simply because you're already familiar with something else is stupid and shortsighted. In the end, Jack Pierce saw what could have been a career wherein his name is mentioned amongst the Dick Smiths and Stan Winstons of this world, and let his stubbornness turn him into a makeup footnote who petered out instead of escalating prosthetic appliances to the next level. <p> Sorry for the rant, I only wish I could have kicked Pierce in the pants and watched him embrace foam latex. The man could've been a fucking legend. <p> Feel free to bash, I stand by what I've said.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Lou Reed prepares for a show

    by ROBRAM89

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Karloff looks ripped.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Sheila Dikshit

    by RedBull_Werewolf


  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Karloff six pack

    by brocknroll

    I never knew Boris was a fitness and health geek, now I know!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I love that movie.. with the killer baby and stuff.


    Oh. Wrong movie.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    80 Days

    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Quint... do you have the one where Karloff in his makeup is dain

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    If so... PLEASE post it. I have been looking for it for years.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    AHEM Quint let me try that again

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Quint... do you have the one where Karloff in his makeup is daintily drinking tea out of a china cup on a saucer? If so... PLEASE post it. I have been looking for it for years.

  • Sounds like a plan.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    ...OF CHUCKY?

    by Darkman

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Whoah Murphy!

    by RickyRetardo

    Was Pierce really a dick and a douche, or was he simply a stubborn traditionalist following, preserving and advancing the techniques created by the great Lon Chaney?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Boris got abs!

    by nolan bautista

    Boris "The Situation" Karloff

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Mr Dark..

    by nolan bautista

    ..should have read your post..disregard mine..move along

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    "Karloff? Sidekick? FUCK YOU!"

    by ricarleite2

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Chester Copperpot's Picture in the background

    by TheJudger

    is freaking me out man!!!! He's wearing a different hat, but damned if it does not look like him.... NEVER SAY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Alex, WTF Dude......

    by TheJudger

    Jack didn't run out the door over latex. Other makeup men came onto the scene with new techniques and better/faster results- FX men like William Tuttle. The first Makeup FX guy to win an Oscar by the way and never mentioned here once at Aint It Cool. <P> He was an amazing pioneer in makeup fx. <P> Here's an awesome video featuring Bill and his Life-mask mold making wax. <P> <P> Jack was doing most of his stuff by hand in the chair, right then and there with wax and paper. That is how he worked and that's what he enjoyed doing. <P> I wish Stuart Freeborn would get more BTSPOD love around here. The man is still Alive- Damn near 100 years old. This man deserves a damn BAFTA and lifetime Oscar! <P> Had his son Graham not died so tragically young- We might be speaking highly of him and his career in the fx biz as well. <P> Where's a George Melies Moonface Picture? What about Ned Mann, or Albert Whitlock, hell what about Robert A. Burns. People keep trying to drop that godfather title onto some ones shoulders, but the industry has seen so many talents who did so many things. The Godfather is not Pal, Jack, Dick, Tuttle, Freeborn, Rick, Savini, Bottin, or Winston. It's Lon Chaney Sr. Hes started this. He is the GODFATHER. Everyone else after him is a disciple to the church he made, and because of this they can only be a Master or a Sir.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    the monster is a dead ringer for my GRANDPA

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    seriously, Karloff was in fighting shape

    by BadMrWonka

    god damn, that guy was a chameleon. sans makeup, he could've done a boxing movie. he coulda been a contendah!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Whoo Hoo Topless Karloff

    by mortsleam

    That's hot.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I'll bet you monsters lead innnnnteresting lives

    by BrandLoyalist

    For shame! Just look at those fingernails!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST



    Nice one. That made me laugh out loud, actually.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Actually its 78 years old!

    by Madmacks

    Came out in 1932....great movie even today.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Drinking Tea Pic

    by wackybantha

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    "Lou Reed prepares for a show"

    by The McPoyle Clan


  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Any photos of Bela's makeup test?

    by RobinP

    I don't mean from Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman where Lugosi took the role of the monster - I mean from the pre-Karloff tests. Now THAT'd be something to see.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I say, Bantha... link didn't come through.

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    Would you kindly run it through

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    "You think it takes TALENT to play FRANKENSTEIN?!"

    by Marco Segrain

    "It's all...all MAKEUP and GRUNTING! rrrrrrrrghh!"

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    79 Days

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by savagedave

    AICN creates a gaps in links when you post them in talkbacks. Just remove the spaces.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    79 till the return of D?

    by TheJudger


  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by workshed

    I think you both have valid points but I'm in total agreement with TJ on Lon Chaney Sr. It's such a shame he died before he could make his mark on the sound era which, if 'The Unholy Three' was any indicator, he most certainly would have done. Whether he would have adapted to new make up techniques or stuck with his own kit is debatable.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    a bunch of Karloff tea pics

    by geech

    just do a google image search for karloff tea plenty there

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The creature never scared me

    by proevad

    Growing up in the 70's and 80's it was already a huge joke on variety shows and everywhere else. Mel Brooks had made his spoof, etc. Never saw Karloff in this role, but saw some of his other work. Never really got into Chaney either. It was always the psychological horror films that scared me more when I was a kid. Human monster characters like Henry or Francis Dolarhyde are what fucked with my mind while I was lying in the dark.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Who karloff looks most like among today's actors...

    by dogu4, I think, Rupert Everett.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Workshed, yeah both Judger and Murphy

    by white_vader

    make some great points but both go off a bit half-cocked. Jack Peirce was indeed a dick. He IS also still, and will always be, a legend. How many times do I have to say to TBers that just because a bad sequel comes out, or the actor does lousy roles in later years, or in this case the artists' myopia (which is a double-edged sword and absolutely the same thing that, ironically contributed to his achieving such great work in the first place) being his undoing does NOT in any way diminish his earlier triumphs. <p> Pierce is in no way some forgotten footnote. What hyperbole. If anyone knows anything about makeup, they know who Pierce was and what he did. <p> And in keeping with the theme, CG is absolutely one of the consistent line of achievements in makeup, starting with Baker's work on The Frighteners with John Astin. Again, 15 years of lousy cg is no different from the 60 odd years of lousy makeup that preceded it. It's just that we still see terrible CG because it's current and available. We only see, remember and have access to generally the best of traditional. <p> And Judger, no way has Tuttle not been covered, and I think that Youtube video was even linked before here, maybe in a story on Dr. Lao. Which has DEFINITELY been covered. Great call on Freeborn though and absolutely yes 2nded on a moonface pic!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Roketopunch

    Pierce is a legend and you are the one that sounds like a douche. That is all.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Saw 1931 Frankenstien on Big Screen Tonight

    by MST3KPIMP

    Attended the 2010 Spooky Empire HOrror-Con. and after went to the nearby regal theater which arranged a screening of this. It was pretty awsome watching it on the big screen. Karloff is just remarkable to watch. I imagined what it must have been like to see it when it was released. It had to blow peoples minds.