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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.
There are two ways to watch this movie.
You can watch it as an old movie, comparing it to others from its time period. In this context it is outstanding in almost every way. The story is compelling and multifaceted despite its short run time, and the actors' performances sell all the characters well. The production design including the sets and costume and makeup is all impressively immersive. The lighting and cinematography are classy and effective for maintaining the mood. I'm no expert on oldies, especially pre-1940, but from what I have seen this stands out as exceptional.
Then you can watch it as just another movie, comparing it to whatever you watched yesterday (or earlier today for those of…
Though it lacks the expressionistic style and gothic grandeur of some of its fellow era genre films, Erle C. Kenton's "Island of Lost Souls" should be considered a worthy member of the early horror canon. Adapting H.G. Wells' novel, "The Island of Doctor Moreau," Kenton's film tells a rich story of speculative science and weighty themes. The film is a textured chiller, both grotesque and quietly evocative.
The plot follows a man who finds himself on a remote island where a scientist creates hybrids of humans and animals. It is genetics-based science fiction with horrific effects as the grotesque combinations of man and beast grow too mighty for their master to control. The tale itself is straightforward, but it is…
Bela Lugosi kills it. His voice booms out, and every man, woman, and mutant is cowed. This is a pretty powerful, dark film with some solid pre-Code imagery--references mostly, but to vivisection, sex with human-animals, and other mad science implications--that culminates in a well executed turn of events that has something to say about morality's deriving from on high rather than developing from within. In short, it suggests that God has to be be perfectly moral to convey a believable morality; it has no room for hypocrisy.
It also questions what it means to be human, and its message is fairly progressive, at least as it suggests that there is humanity even in constructed beings.…
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…
Remake idea: The Island Of Lost Soles. Same film but the cast are shoes.
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…
This is great pre-code stuff. There isn't nudity or gore, of course, but there are some bits of dialogue and plenty of themes that were very risque for the time. And it's a fun adaptation of the famous H.G. Wells book.
Back in college I decided to watch through the three major adaptations of that book, and now it's time to do that again, since I have a couple of them on Blu-ray. I was going to try to be more completist about it this time around, but the Wikipedia article on the book lists SO MANY adaptations that I lost the motivation.
I think I enjoyed this iteration even more on this viewing than I did originally.
Moments of pure beauty, but real talk the only Dr Moreau I will forever be able to accept is Marlon Brandon wearing white pancake makeup & donning a bucket of ice as a crown.
[Other than Brando, 100% better looking than the '96 version though]
Pre code violence and malevolence. Disturbing concepts.
After finding this film on VHS, I got the chance to watch 'The Island of Lost Souls' on VHS since there is no DVD release of it in New Zealand, the film is a fare adaption of the H.G. Wells book 'The Island of Doctor Moreau'.
I have read the book and also watched the 1977 version with Burt Lancaster and Michael York. The story follows like the book in some parts and Charles Laughton makes a good Doctor Moreau. It has a dark atmosphere in the film.
But in some places it is weighed down by the not very great monsters which most of them look like guerrilla men where in the book, there were monsters which had more…
Not nearly sleazy or creepy enough. Aside from a typically hammy performance by Charles Laughton, it's pretty weak tea.
I would have loved to see how the audience reacted to this in 1932. Island of Lost Souls was one of the first creature horror films, and one of the best. Some of the close up shots are still freaky to this day.
The second best adaptation of "The Tempest" around, right after that Hysterical Literature version.
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