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Boris Karloff wouldn't much like contemporary horror movies, his daughter says. In fact, "He'd be horrified."

The star of the '30s classics "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy" didn't like monster movies that were too explicit, Sara Karloff said Sunday at a retrospective of her father's work at the American Museum of the Moving Image.

The trend toward "competitions between special-effects artists," as Ms. Karloff described today's horror films, was already under way when her father died in 1969.

"He felt the real shame about them was they left so little to the imagination of the viewer," she said.

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