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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…
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…
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…
I sorta want to watch the Marlon Brando version again... just so I can say how much better this one is with clear memory.
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…
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…
Putting aside the influence of the make-up, this looks great even today because men made-up to look like animals age really well when your movie is about a doctor trying to turn animals into humans. Nighttime shots (both interior and exterior) are expressionistic, it's a good take on the now cliche-to-call-a-cliche "what it means to be human" theme with a handful of memorable lines, but clearly still struggling to utilize the capabilities that sound lends to the cinema. Very little sense of the off-screen space that sound creates so well in horror, although a few semi-deep focus shots with some "natives" running through the background are far less obvious than in many current horror films. Good stuff overall.
Island of Lost Souls is a pretty magnificent, and not too unfaithful adaptation of H. G. Wells' canonical novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. After being caught in a shipwreck, Edward Parker winds up on an island inhabited exclusively by the enigmatic Dr. Moreau, his alcoholic assistant Montgomery, and the mysterious beast-like natives. Upon learning the terrible secrets of the island and the 'house of pain', Parker must do everything in his power to make his escape.
This film features some beautiful camerawork and wonderfully playful ideas, such as when Moreau (Laughton) casually reclines on one of his vivisection tables in a conversation. Charles Laughton infuses Moreau with white-suit neatness and a gleefully boyish gleam to his eye, which makes…
An unsettling take on the HG Wells novel The Island of Dr Moreau, this 1932 film stars the impressively demented, but relatively subtle, Charles Laughton as the scientist who is secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals. The performance of Laughton is a real treat, he really makes the film compelling, along with the plotting of the Moreau story, though this film really focuses on the horrific aspect of the tale, letting the philosophy slide to the side. The film is a little let down by the supremely wooden performance by Richard Arlen, however good direction, a sense of location and a great conclusion makes this a small inconvenience for a film that has rightfully become a classic.
"What is the law?" Island of Lost Souls is a classic horror film that was released in 1932. In order to enjoy this film it's important to keep in mind that it was released over 80 years ago. Obviously over time it has lost some of its impact and ability to impress the viewer. However, just because it's old doesn't mean it's not fun to watch. There were several impressive camera shots. The acting, goofy or not, was fun to watch. And the classic story by H. G. Wells was interesting. Not at all my favorite classic film, but definitely worth a watch.
Acting - 5.5/10
Script - 6.5/10
Cinematography - 7/10
Personal Score - 6.5/10
Total - 64%
A very fun little movie that falls just shy of greatness due to some noticeably poor editing and overly hammy acting.
Still, I applaud what they did here.
feat. Devo, White Zombie & Oingo Boingo, all twinkling in Charles Laughton's eye.
MVP: Charles Laughton
This is a classic early Science Fiction film with a great performance by Charles Laughton (Dr. Moreau) and a crazed Bela Lugosi (Sayer of the Law). Dr. Moreau's got it all together until he breaks his own law then it's trouble as his own animal-to-human creations hand him their final judgement in what is a truly goosebump-inducing scene.
I love the way this looks. It's a Paramount film that reminds me of an original Universal horror. The fog the mysterious island it's really effectively creepy.
Island of Lost Souls is a great little horror film which flies by with a runtime of 70mins! Charles Laughton completely dominates this film with an excellent performance. Story-wise I guess this is kinda like Frankenstein (1931) meets Freaks (1932), so if that doesn't sell it to you I guess there's no hope for you.
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 152/733
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UPDATED: June 25, 2014
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