Island of Lost Souls
TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
In 70 short minutes the story tills enough fertile soil to foster readings of the movie as allegory for colonialism, nihilism, fascism, etc. I'll leave those discussions for someone else. What gets me excited about this movie is Charles Laughton. He is, if you made me choose, one of the greatest actors of all time, and 90% of the effectiveness of Island of Lost Souls as a horror film comes from the cool reservation with which he portrays Moreau.
He is not without his eccentricities (or terrible facial hair), but he behaves more like the rich kid who has all the toys rather than the traditional mad scientist. When he's touring the castaway through the "House of Pain" he puts…
I sorta want to watch the Marlon Brando version again... just so I can say how much better this one is with clear memory.
Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?
The first feature film adaptation of H.G. Wells 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. There has been at least three more adaptations of the novel since, but over 80 years later, director Erle C. Kenton's vision of Wells' classic still stands as the greatest and most memorable. Even the characters that were created by screenwriters Waldemar Young and Philip Wylie for the film have been used by all subsequent adaptations in one fashion or another.
The film is still disturbing even by today's standards as the main reason the film was made was to compete with the new horror craze in cinemas, so the horror…
If there's one good thing that I took away from this film, it's that I now have an idea for my next D&D character. He will be a vivisectionist alchemist named Moreau with Weapon Focus: Whip.
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS is a well-made but slightly subpar creature feature. And when I say subpar I mean that the par was like whoa baby, this movie is fucking awesome, and the film itself hit a bogie. There was so much potential here. I wish the film would have focused more on the horrifying experimentation and claustrophobic atmosphere than the...well...I don't really know what this film focused on. It kind of just meanders around the topic of anthropomorphic experimentation, not quite sure if…
H.G. Well's story "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is one I automatically assume most people with a knowledge of pop culture beyond their contemporary one are familiar with. Its basis in the fear of what bad men do with science when they get out of hand is a frightening one.
It's a bit ludicrous, and potentially dated (okay it is dated) in our modern world where most people look at science as a good thing, but there's still at least some resonate truth to the concept of a man using his knowledge of science for the worst. He would probably just not have an island of his own unless folks on Kickstarter really liked him.
Island of Lost Souls is…
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
Not nearly as terrifying as I had been led to believe, but it will unnerve you with its use of shadows, sounds, and visions of twisted humanity. (Oh, and look out for the mutant asparagus plant.)
Charles Laughton's Doctor Moreau is exquisite. He's charming and emotionally seductive, but cold-blooded murder is never far away. He calls to mind Doctor Pratorius from Bride of Frankenstein (though of course Laughton was first).
Watch for Bela Lugosi -- he's hard to find under all the hair and makeup, but once you recognize him you won't forget it. "Are we not men?" indeed.
Held together with a fantastic performance from Charles Laughton, Island of Lost Souls is a flawed, but interesting adaptation of HG Wells book, The Island of Dr Moreau.
After a man, Parker, is lost at sea, picked up by a passing boat, and passed onto another, he finds himself on a mysterious island with Dr Moreau (Laughton), where he begins to learn shocking things about the islands natives, and begins to try and escape, whilst Dr Moreau has other ideas.
The film works well in a number of areas, first and foremost is the casting of Laughton. It would have been so easy to over-egg the performance of a mad scientist, but with a relatively subtle performance Laughton gives the…
Terror adelantado a su época. Danny Trejo haría un gran extra aquí.
The October Ordeal day #24a: The Island of Lost Souls
Erle C. Kenton's adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau manages to both retain Wells' tough, progressive politics and to trim any angle from the story that doesn't fit Kenton's violent, assaultive cinematic strategy. Island of Lost Souls is a film full of barking dogs, loutish lusty sailors, sadism and grotesque close-ups. Striking compositions demonstrate DP Karl Struss' deft use of focus, light and shadow, as the film cuts innovative sequences from his dynamic frames.
Often the film is free of score, allowing photography and performance to dictate tone. Charles Laughton is brilliant as Moreau, playing him as cruel with bent compassion, a complex figure part P.T. Barnum…
Other than the Bela Lugosi led revolt that concludes the film, I found very little to engage me. There were moments of bleak emotional breakthroughs and startling images, but even for its minimal runtime, Island of Lost Souls often feels like a chore.
Thank goodness it was short.
Saw on the big screen at the Music Box of Horrors
A great telling of the Island of Dr. Moreau. Beautiful cinematography. Great performances. Fast paced, funny and scary.
The ending is pretty chilling for 1932!
Despite the familiarity of the story and the inevitably dated storytelling techniques, this is a true classic of the genre, with some very eerie and effective moments even 80 years later.