A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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Adaption of famous H. G. Wells novel deals with a man trapped on an island with a madman and his horrific man/beast hybrids.
I've never read the book, but I knew about the story's impact. The film does deal with interesting themes, such as playing god and the consequences that can follow, and the legendary Charles Laughton gives Dr. Moreau an insane edge, but overall, I wasn't feeling this one for some reason.
Still, the scene where Moreau's creations turn on him is pretty awesome. Poetic justice, indeed.
“The Island of Lost Souls” es la primera adaptación de “The Island of Dr. Moreau” de H.G. Wells (la segunda es la catastrófica versión con Marlon Brando en los 90s, enfoque del genial documental “Lost Souls: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau”). La historia nos muestra a un hombre a la deriva que llega a una isla donde el buen doctor realiza experimentos con animales, acelerando su proceso de evolución.
El mensaje de la historia es claro, el hombre tiene que hacerse cuestionamientos éticos antes de jugar a ser dios, pero esta versión carece de tensión o profundidad psicológica (el Dr. Moreau, es, a ratos, un buen tipo, ingenuo y bastante irresponsable, pero nunca particularmente maligno).…
- Chilling performance from Charles Laughton
- Thought the payoff with Lota was anti climatic
- Dr. Moreau: "Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?"
- Dr Moreau is now one of my favourite horror villains
- I didn't really care for the main protagonist Parker
- Some great practical makeup and costumes
the panther woman looks like maria de medeiros from pulp fiction
Colonialism is a bitch
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A beautiful fable about the fragility of man (and woman) kind and what, if anything, separates us all from savages. About the trouble we all must go through to make being human an admirable trait in the world at large. A soul crushingly timely tale that will remind how, in many ways, we've failed, and continue to fail, at doing just that in certain regards. "Island of Souls" is all these things and an incredibly silly b-movie to boot. That is, to me, the mark of a truly great film. One that can occupy that space between silly entertainment and pure art. "Island of Souls" does it masterfully, even though it's clearly a much richer experience if you treat it…
"You spill blood!"
"Law no more!"
"You made us...things!"
Never read the original story, only saw the 90s version prior to this one.
Probably the best adaptation of the Island of Dr. Moreau. Not that that's saying much.
I want this to be my favorite adaptation of The Island of Dr Moreau just because it's got Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi and a strong dose of Universal monster movie DNA (even though it's a Paramount film). The inclusion of Kathleen Burke's Panther Woman is also a fascinating twist, raising questions about not only the nature of attraction, but also humanity itself.
Maybe it's because Lugosi's part is so tiny that I feel a little disappointed. More likely, it's my strong, childhood memories of how cool and terrifying the 1977 version is. It's not fair for me to compare the two before revisiting the '77 movie, so I need to do that. But for now, Island of Lost Souls is cool and scary, but not as much as I think it should be.
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