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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…
Remake idea: The Island Of Lost Soles. Same film but the cast are shoes.
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…
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.…
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…
Beautifully perverse for a film of its time, with Charles Laughton tearing it up. Generates some genuine tension.
"Are we not men?"
It's surprising how influential the original novel and this film still are - many weird parallels between this and the recent Ex Machina, f'rinstnce. Here HG Wells's fable concerning fears regarding mankind's degenerate ancestry - a common theme following the publication of The Origin of Species - is sexed-up slightly ("vulgarised" was the word Wells used, when he watched it), and turned into a ripe creature-feature. There is a real darkness and strangeness to it that still disturbs, however.
Well acted, too. Scarborough's own Charles Laughton is incredible as the creepy, effete colonialist Dr Moreau. Although his passing resemblance to Peter Kay I did find slightly distracting.
Charles Laughton is striking as the obsessed and depraved Dr. Moreau who “creates humans” from wild animals.
Island of Lost Souls was so shocking that it was banned in several countries at the time of its release. It could be called one of the first (and certainly among the most sophisticated) films about pain, and even in a culture largely desensitized to filmic violence it continues to disturb. Director Erle C. Kenton would never achieve these heights again, so one must credit much of the film’s success to the cinematography of the legendary Karl Struss. As with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (which he shot the previous year), Struss conceptualizes the horror as something three dimensional. The parade of disturbing man-beasts lurch towards the camera near the climax, just as Fredric March’s gruesome Hyde was often photographed…
Part two of my weekend black-and-white man beast movie double shot (Part one was 1946's Beauty and the Beast), the Island of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale to anyone who wants to try to be God and create a bunch of almost human, animal people without anesthetics.
Based on an H.G. Wells book, we follow a shipwrecked guy to an island where a scientist has figure out how to surgically make animals evolve into humans..er..he's almost figured it out. And, uh, he's getting better each time too.
Dr. Moreau, played by Charles Laughton, is one of the all time great mad scientists--he's very much interested in scientific achievement, but he sadistically enjoys the achievements that involve his subjects experiencing…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A Horror Time Capsule: The Island Of Lost Souls
There are many underrated and forgotten by many, horror classics from yesteryear. While many will rewatch great classics like Frankenstein and Dracula, few will attempt to look much further. One such “lost” movie is the horror classic, THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS starring the inimitable , Charles Laughton as the cold, soulless Victor Frankenstein-like Dr. Moreau. As the star of this movie, Laughton is amazing but, for me, the next big star is the darkness. A horror film noir, its shadows and blackness create a mood that is sinister in all aspects. The movie is perfect in black and white. Modern horror fans need to kind of “cleanse their palates” of…
Clearly Laughton's movie, it just wouldn't be the same with someone else in the role. Also proof that a good story can be told rather quickly, no need for a 2 hours plus "epic"
Are we not men? The debate b/w pro FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA factions will go on forever, but my faves of the '30s canon are this and THE INVISIBLE MAN. I gave this an 8 after seeing it on TCM years ago, but bumped it up one after a look at the new Criterion disc. I can't imagine this movie was ever re-released during the Hays era; the shrieks coming from the House of (vivisection w/o anesthetic) Pain are blood curdling. Not to mention Laughton explicitly ordering one of his creatures to commit rape. And his own horrifying comeuppance. Love his goatee. 9/10
A seriously underrated classic!
My original review: This is the scariest Universal-era film I have ever seen. o_o I don't know who was more terrifying, the bestial beast-men or the disgusting Dr. Moreau! Amazing. My Bela's role is small, but he steals every scene he's in.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)
UPDATED: May 18, 2015
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