NEW YORK (AP) _ 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.